A Mobile Scanning Option from DropBox

Last fall, DropBox publicized its scanning function.

If you’re a customer of DropBox and you don’t yet have a mobile scanning option, you might consider testing this out to see if it’s a mobile scanning option that will save you time.

Here’s what DropBox shared in one of their publicity releases:

“Never lose track of an important document again.

Use the doc scanner to transform your receipts, paper documents, and notes into high-quality PDFs you can organize and share. Tap the (+) Create button in the mobile app to get started.”

Open the DropBox mobile app from here.

“It’s easy to use the Dropbox doc scanner to organize all your physical documents in one place – safely and securely.

Scan in seconds: Digitize notes from brainstorming sessions – right from your phone.

High-quality PDFs: Save high-quality scans as PDFs or PNGs using auto-detection and smart cropping.

Securely share: Share scans securely with others via text, email and messenger apps.

Save to DropBox: Back up scans in your Dropbox and access them from anywhere, across all your devices.

Learn more here.


I don’t scan much while on the go, so I’ve never purchased a high quality scanning app for my mobile phone. I did previously use the free version of the CamScanner app which was quite handy when I needed it, but everything I scanned was imprinted with the CamScanner logo. That’s not a big deal for informal documents like notes from meetings, but it is a problem on contracts and legal documents.

I eventually transitioned to the scan option within my mobile phone’s camera, but it doesn’t automatically save it as a PDF. I have to take an extra step to do that. It also doesn’t automatically save it to DropBox where all of my files are. That’s another couple of steps I need to take.

So when DropBox began offering this feature, I was excited to have this option. It saves me time when I do need to scan while on the go.

If you’re a heavy scanner and don’t already have a go-to app, give this a whirl. If you don’t end up liking it, be sure to notate what features you wish it had so that you know what to look for in a paid app.


For more information about document and file management, check out The Inefficiency Assassin: Time Management Tactics for Working Smarter, Not Longer.

About Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO®

As The Inefficiency Assassin™, Time Management Fixer Helene Segura empowers professionals on the go with the tools to slay lost time. Personal inefficiency at work leads to increased stress levels, lower morale, higher absenteeism, more turnover – and rising spending on employee health care and hiring. Why not improve productivity, decrease stress levels, and increase profits instead?The author of four books – two of which were Amazon best-sellers – Helene Segura has been the featured organization expert in more than 200 media interviews. She has coached hundreds of clients to productivity success and performance improvement by applying neuroscience and behavioral modification techniques to wipe out destructive, time-wasting habits.Helene turns time management on its head by sharing both client case studies and pop culture examples to teach her mind-bending framework for decreasing interruptions, distractions and procrastination so that companies can spend more time generating revenue.

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