Take the work out of paperwork with the doc scanner app

Save, organize, and share important documents right from your phone—with the Dropbox document and PDF scanner

Dropbox doc scanner

Save and organize your work in a snap

Easily upload and organize quality scans from paper documents, whiteboards, receipts, sketches, and more using the Dropbox mobile app. Available now on Android and iOS mobile devices.

Dropbox Professional and Business users can even search for text within their scans, thanks to optical character recognition (OCR).

Mobile phone scanning a printed document using the Dropbox doc scanner

Productivity in your pocket

Here are a few ways to get the most out of the document scanner app.

Scan Receipts

Forget about collecting—or worse, losing—stacks of receipts on business trips for your expense reports. Just scan them into Dropbox as you go using your smartphone, and they’ll be easy to find and submit later.

Scan whiteboard drawings

No more frantically transcribing notes from the whiteboard. Just use the doc scanner, and an image of the whiteboard will be uploaded as a PDF or PNG into the folder of your choice—ready to share.

Scan contracts, bills, and invoices

Ditch the filing cabinet, and keep digital copies of important files. Keep them organized in Dropbox, and access them from any of your devices.

Scan photos

Scan your old photos into Dropbox, so they'll be safely preserved and easily accessible. All it takes is your phone; no special equipment needed.

Scan business cards

Never lose an important connection! Easily upload business cards from meetings, conferences and tradeshows—right from your mobile device.

Scan magazine clippings

Inspiration can be found anywhere—like when you’re flipping through a magazine at the doctor’s office. Instead of ripping out someone else’s magazine page, just scan the page or excerpt into Dropbox using the document scanner.

Scan personal cards and notes

Want to save thoughtful personal notes, but trying to cut down on clutter? Just scan them into Dropbox for keepsakes without the clutter.

Scan handouts

Scan in materials from classes or seminars for easy reference—and save space at home or in the office.

Scan napkin sketches

Did inspiration just strike? With Dropbox doc scanner, you’ll always be able to capture your next brilliant idea.

Features included

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 to enhance scan quality

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!)

Frequently asked questions

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 PDF files 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 they’ve saved in cloud storage.

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