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Scan your photos

You can use PhotoScan to scan and save printed photos.

Scan a photo

  1. Open the PhotoScan app Photo Scan.
  2. To start the scan, hold your phone directly above a photo. Tap the button to take a picture.
  3. Move your phone around to get the circle over each of the 4 dots.
  4. When the photo has processed, go to the lower right and tap the photo thumbnail.
  5. Select a photo to rotate, adjust the corners, or delete.
  6. To save to your device, tap Save all. To save only one photo, touch and hold a photo, then tap Save
  7. To find photos you've saved, in the Google Photos app, search "PhotoScan".

To scan pictures faster, you can turn off Glare removal Glare removal. You won't have to move your phone to scan, but it won't remove glare. 

See how to scan a photo

Scanning tips

  • Don’t tilt your phone while scanning.
  • To better frame your photo, place the photo on a flat surface with a contrasting background. Avoid scanning on carpet.
  • To scan vertical photos, hold your phone vertically. To scan horizontal photos, hold your phone horizontally.
  • To help remove residual glare, shadows and get better images, make sure flash is turned on.
  • If there is too much glare, move to a place with less lighting.
  • Remove photos from sleeves or albums. If the photo is in a glass frame, turn on your flash.
  • If you have any issues with your scan, try scanning again.

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