Technology is driving the world so fast making life digital, but all sort of our documents and photos are left behind .It is evident that some of these documents and photos contain remarkable memories of our past which is necessary for us to scan, save and preserve.

There is a high risk of losing documents and photos through fire, flood or, having pets and rodents eat them up. A scanner is the way to go if you want to digitize the best copies possible. But for every other situation, your phone is surprisingly capable of digitizing them too.

When it comes to digitizing documents and photos via smartphones, this is easily done with the help of apps currently available on iOS and Android app store. These apps accept shots of multiple photos at once and automatically crops them out into individual images (though ‘scanning’ one at a time will give you a higher resolution per photo). I recommend smartphone users to download and experience the wonders these Apps below can offer;

Office Lens (iOS | Android): A Microsoft app for taking photos of things like whiteboards, documents, receipts, and photos, then cropping them out, using OCR to find and digitize text, and more. Works well for those already using Microsoft’s Office applications.

CamScanner (iOS | Android): This is a popular app for scanning documents in particular. Includes OCR, a cropping and straightening tool, and can save documents to PDF.

Scanbot 5 (iOS | Android): Scanbot is advertised as a scanning app for “all media,” and some of its features include perspective correction, document detection, the ability to digitize several pages into a single document, optimizing colors, saving photos as JPEGs, and uploading to various cloud services.

Here is how to take a quality Scan via your smartphone

Turn up your phone camera’s resolution to its maximum setting. Depending on the app you use, you may have to change this in the scanning app or your phone’s own camera app.

Adjust your scanning app’s settings to meet your needs. This means turning off or on white balance correction, depending on whether you want it, setting up automatic uploads to a cloud service, choosing image scan quality (some have limited max file sizes by default, for example), adding file passwords, selecting file format, and establishing a naming structure.

Take the images on a high-contrast background with bright but indirect light. For example, if you’re going to scan documents, place them on a large sheet of black paper, such a sheet of black cardboard stock. This will provide a high contrast background that greatly aids the scanning app in selecting and cropping backgrounds, and will result in a better perspective correction to adjust for lens distortions.

It is necessary for smartphone users to adopt this new innovation of using their phones to scan vital documents and pictures. Depending on whether the traditional scanner is good but using smartphones will make the process less cumbersome and flexible.

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