No scanner? But in need to scan a document in order to fix some billing issues? No worries! There’s a super easy way to scan documents without having to buy an actual scanner.
All you need is your smartphone or tablet and an internet connection.
Recently, I had to send a letter of request to BPI in order to correct an error. I had to request for a payment to be reversed, and in order to do that, I had to send the BPI guys a scanned letter.
The problem was I didn’t have a scanner. The 3-in-1 printer that I had (which was also a scanner) had been broken a year ago. Luckily, I remembered I came across an app that could be used as as a scanner (browsing apps actually paid off!). 🙂
Basically, what it does is convert images using your phone or tablet’s camera to PDF files.
Step 1: Prepare the document.
You can practically scan any type of document (e.g. receipts, bills, letters).
In my case, I had to manually write a letter detailing the request. I made the payment online, so I didn’t have to scan a receipt—just the letter.
Step 2: Download TinyScan (for iOS) or CamScanner (for Android)
Both of these apps are free. There are other similar apps, but so far TinyScan and CamSanner are the two of the highest rated apps.
For Tinyscan, you can upgrade the app for $4.99 to get extra features like scanning unlimited documents, batch mode scanning, and allowing you to save documents in the cloud.
I really didn’t need to upgrade because I’m probably going to use this app once or twice.
Step 3: Take a photo of the document.
After taking a photo, you can easily crop the image. This way the app only saves the actual receipt or letter.
Tinyscan allows you to choose three settings on how you want your “scanned” document to look.
Voila! Now, the receipt is “scanned”: 🙂
The process for Camscanner is practically the same. The only difference is the added features. Plus, Camscanner comes with ads.
After saving the image, you can send the scanned document as a PDF file to your bank or other businesses through email. Businesses would usually give you a fax number, but insist on asking for the email instead (that’s what I did). Sending an email takes a few seconds, and you can send it right from your smartphone.
You can use these scanner apps for other purposes–not just fixing billing issues. 🙂 You can scan ID’s, a page from a book, or old letters!
I think students and professionals alike might find this app helpful!
I hope that I won’t encounter any issues with my bills anymore. But just in case it happens again, I’m confident that I’ve got an awesome app to help me with scanning documents. 🙂
What do you usually do when you have to scan documents and don’t have a scanner around?
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