Save, organize, and share your work—right from your phone—with the Dropbox doc scanner
Easily upload and organize scans from whiteboards, receipts, sketches, and more using the Dropbox mobile app. Available now on iOS and Android.
Dropbox Professional and Business users can even search for text within their scans, thanks to optical character recognition (OCR).
Here are a few ways to get the most out of the doc scanner
Scan text and images
Auto-detection and smart cropping
Choose from 3 filters--black and white, whiteboard, or original
Adjust the contrast of your scan
Crop and rotate the scan
Multi-page support means you can add new scans as additional pages
Reorder pages within the scan
Choose between saving as a PDF or a PNG
Customize the file name
Smart naming suggestions based on your scans
Choose where in your Dropbox you'd like to save the scan
Smart folder suggestions based on where you've saved recent scans
Retake a scan without starting over again (especially useful for multi-page scans!)
How do I use Dropbox to scan documents with my iPhone or Android?
You can use the doc scanner found on the Dropbox mobile app to scan documents with your iPhone or Android device. Open the mobile app, tap “+” (plus sign), and select “Scan Document”. Then you can take a picture of your document, or select an existing image on your device to transform into a document.
What is OCR or Optical Character Recognition?
OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition or Optical Character Reader. OCR is a technology used to “recognize” or “read” text featured in image files. OCR either converts images of typed, handwritten, or printed text from the files—including scanned documents, photos of a document, photos with signs or scenes with type, or subtitles on an image—into text that machines can process and search through. Currently, Dropbox uses OCR to recognize the text of your PDFs to make them searchable by their contents.
How do I search the text of a scanned document stored in Dropbox?
Images and PDFs stored in Dropbox Professional, Business Advanced, and Enterprise accounts are automatically and securely scanned so you can search for the text found within them. Professional users, as well as Dropbox Business and Enterprise teams with early access to our automatic image text recognition feature, can search the text of scanned documents.