How to Use Your Cell Phone as a Scanner
In today’s fast-paced world, technology has made it easier than ever to manage important documents on the go. Whether you need to send legal documents to your bankruptcy lawyer or share crucial paperwork with someone else, your cell phone can become a handy portable scanner. In this blog post, we’ll explore how you can use your cell phone as a scanner to efficiently scan and email documents to your lawyer.
Your cell phone can also scan documents using its camera.
The Benefits of Mobile Scanning
Before we dive into the process, let’s consider the advantages of using your cell phone as a scanner:
- Portability: Your cell phone is always with you, making it a convenient tool for scanning documents wherever you are.
- Cost-Effective: Scanning apps are often free or come at a low cost compared to purchasing a physical scanner.
- Ease of Use: Most scanning apps are user-friendly and require minimal setup, making them accessible to everyone.
- Time-Efficiency: Scanning with your cell phone is quick, allowing you to share documents with your lawyer promptly.
Step-by-Step Guide to Scanning and Emailing Documents
1. Choose a Scanning App
Start by selecting a scanning app for your cell phone. Popular options for both Android and iOS devices include TurboScan (my favorite) CamScanner, Adobe Scan, and Microsoft Office Lens. Download and install the app of your choice from your device’s app store.
2. Prepare Your Document
Before scanning, ensure that your document is clean and well-lit. Place it on a contrasting background (e.g., a dark table for a white document) to enhance visibility. If your document is multiple pages, organize them in the correct order.
3. Open the Scanning App
Launch the scanning app you installed. Most apps will request access to your camera. Grant the necessary permissions, as these are crucial for the scanning process.
4. Capture the Document
Position your cell phone camera over the document, ensuring that the entire page is visible within the frame. Hold your device steady and tap the scan button within the app. Some apps have an automatic capture feature that detects the edges of the document and captures it with a single click.
5. Crop and Adjust
After capturing the image, the scanning app may prompt you to crop and adjust the document’s boundaries. Make sure the document is well-framed, and any excess background is removed. You can also use filters or enhancement options to improve the document’s clarity.
Once you’re satisfied with the scanned image, save it within the scanning app. Most apps offer options to save in various formats (PDF, JPEG, etc.). Choose the format that suits your needs. You can also name the file for easy identification.
7. Send the Document via Email
Now that your document is scanned and saved, you can easily email it to your lawyer. Open your email app, create a new email, and attach the scanned document. Don’t forget to address the email to your lawyer and include any necessary information or instructions in the message body. Before hitting “Send,” double-check that the document is attached correctly.
8. Verify Receipt
To ensure your lawyer receives the document, follow up with a confirmation email or phone call. This will help confirm the successful delivery of your important paperwork and the overall likelihood that your Bankruptcy case will move smoothly through the bankruptcy process.