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Scan anything into high-quality PDFs with your mobile device. Adobe Scan mobile app turns your mobile device into a powerful and intelligent scanning and text recognition tool that quickly captures and converts anything into searchable high-quality Adobe PDFs.


What is Adobe Scan mobile app?

The free Adobe Scan mobile app makes it easy to capture and work with scans from anywhere using your Android and iOS devices. Quickly scan anything — receipts, notes, documents, business cards, whiteboards — and transform your images into searchable, high-quality Adobe PDFs.

Is the Adobe Scan mobile app free?

Yes. Download the free Android or iOS version of the mobile app from Google Play or the iTunes App Store.

Can I save my scans as PDF?

Yes. When you tap Save PDF in Adobe Scan, your file is automatically converted to PDF and saved to Adobe Document Cloud.

How does the Adobe Scan mobile app work with Adobe Document Cloud?

The Adobe Scan mobile app works with Adobe Document Cloud services to help you stay connected – and stay productive – wherever you are.

Sign up for free Adobe Document Cloud services to:

  • Store and access files in Adobe Document Cloud with 5 GB of free storage.
  • Get instant access to recent files across desktop, web, and mobile devices.

Sync your scan collection across desktop, web, and iOS devices.

Do I need to purchase Acrobat desktop software to use the Adobe Scan mobile app?

No. Adobe Scan is a free, standalone app.

If you purchase a subscription to Acrobat Pro DC, you can create, export, and organize pages in a PDF on an iOS or Android device using Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can also edit PDFs from your iPad and organize pages from your iOS or Android devices.

What is the Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile app, and how does it relate to Adobe Scan?

Adobe Acrobat Reader is a free, standalone app that makes it easy to view and work with PDF files from anywhere on your Android and iOS devices. It also lets you unlock premium features within the app to do more with PDFs when you purchase a subscription to Adobe Export PDF, Adobe PDF Pack, or Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. Acrobat Reader for mobile also works with Adobe Document Cloud for enterprise plans.

Acrobat Reader has a scan feature, why should I download the Adobe Scan app?

While both apps use a similar scanning engine, the standalone Adobe Scan app contains additional features; for example, automatic scanning and text recognition (OCR) capabilities.

Additionally, those who scan frequently might find it easier to manage and work with their scans in a standalone app.

How do I comment and edit my scans?

A couple of taps in Adobe Scan allows you to open your scans in Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can work with your files just as you would any file. Since files are stored in Adobe Document Cloud, both apps can easily work with your files from any device.

What is OCR?

Optical Character Recognition, or OCR, is a technology that enables you to convert different types of documents, such as scanned paper documents, PDF files, or images captured by a digital camera into editable and searchable data. Adobe Scan automatically applies optical character recognition (OCR) to your document and converts it to a fully editable copy of your PDF.

Is the text recognition (OCR) functionality free in Adobe Scan?

Yes. The Adobe Scan app offers free OCR.

How can I disable text recognition?

Disable automatic text recognition (OCR) by tapping Settings > Preferences > Run text recognition.

Can I change the text recognition language?

Yes. Change the language by tapping Settings > Preferences > Text recognition language, and then select your preferred language.

Is there Help documentation?

The online Help docs are available from your device as well as any browser. Help is available in 19 languages.

Is there a forum where I can ask a question?

Yes. You can get additional help by asking a question in the forums. These forum links are also available from within the app:

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