Scan documents with Google Drive

Scan documents, like receipts, letters and billing statements, to save them as searchable PDFs on your Google Drive.

Scan a document

Important: Google respects your privacy and doesn't use your Drive content for advertising. Learn more about how Drive protects your privacy.

  1. Open the Google Drive app Google Drive.
  2. At the bottom right, tap Camera .
  3. Point your device's camera at a document.
    • A blue line outlines the document. This indicates where the picture will be cropped.
  4. Take a photo of the document that you'd like to scan.
    • Optional: You can toggle automatic capture by choosing between manual and auto capture.
  5. Adjust your scanned document.
    • Adjust scan area: Tap Crop and rotate .
    • Adjust the colours or make image greyscale: Tap Filter
    • Erase stains, fingers and more: Tap Clean .
    • Scan another page: Tap Add Plus.
    • Retake the photo: Tap Retake .
    • Delete a page: Tap Delete .
  6. Tap Done.
  7. Create your own filename or select a suggested title.
  8. Optional: To select the Drive folder where you'll save the document, tap Location.
  9. To save the finished document, tap Save.

Add a scanning shortcut to your Home screen 

To set up a shortcut to scan documents:

  1. Open your Android phone or tablet's widgets.
  2. Find the 'Drive scan' widget.
  3. Touch and hold the widget.
  4. Drag it onto your Home screen. You may be asked to select an account.
  5. Choose the folder that you'll save documents inside. If you want to create a folder, tap New folder New folder.
  6. Tap Select. You'll see the folder name in the widget.
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