Use your Windows Phone smartphone as a document scanner

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Office Lens Windows Phone

I stood as referee for someone and was required to send out some documents as part of the deal. However, there was no scanner available. Fortunately, my Lumia was. I remember that I had installed the Office Lens app on it. Office Lens is like having a scanner in your pocket. With it, you can digitalize notes on whiteboards or blackboards, making it an awesome tool for scanning documents, including cards, letters and all.

Quickly, I launched Office Lens on my phone and captured the three documents that I needed to send, launched the email app, attached them, and sent. Presto!

Easy pie. Yes; smartphones are killing the scanner too. Smartphones are such horrible, unrelenting things!

  1. If you own an Android smartphone, here’s an article on how to use it as a document scanner
  2. BlackBerry 10 users can check out ScanWritr in BlackBerry World
  3. What app do you use on your smartphone to scan documents?


  1. ScanWritr is not just a BlackBerry app. As a matter of fact it has been featured multiple times on Windows Phone. It is also available for Android and iOS.

  2. Office Lens still.I don’t think there’s another capable alternative for Windows Phone users. But I actually use more of my default camera (flash off) when I need to scan something quick. Not much diff (size, maybe?)

  3. Instead of using camscanner for Android use your Google drive app, it’s sharper and clearer.

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