Decluttering is all the rage—and that extends to the papers on your desk.
If you need a quick way to digitize your files, recipes, lecture notes, college transcripts, fantasy sports rosters, or old family trees, you can’t get much more efficient than Adobe Scan.
The app’s super-simple scanning features use your device’s camera and optical character recognition (OCR) to convert your documents to PDFs and text.
To get started, simply open the app to sign into or create an Adobe account, which you need to store your scans in Adobe Document Cloud. Then tap the camera icon in the bottom right corner of your screen.
With Auto-Capture On, the process is as simple as pointing your phone at a document. The app automatically detects boundaries, crops the image, and straightens it out. Once saved in Adobe Document Cloud, it can be edited, searched, marked up, or shared.
If you already have documents in Photos, Adobe Scan can automatically recognize and import them as well.
The app has other tricks up its sleeve. For instance, it can recognize information from business cards and add it to your contacts.
If you’re running iOS 12 or later, make the process even faster by creating a Siri shortcut. Head to Siri & Search in Settings and scroll through the list until you find Adobe Scan. You can record a custom voice phrase to open a specific document or begin a scan with “Hey Siri.”
The app itself is free. To export PDFs to Word, Excel, or Adobe Acrobat Reader, you’ll need a subscription.