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PDF Scanner App—Scan to PDF

by Hung Nguyen

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Scan any document into a PDF file with the Smallpdf Mobile App. You can also convert your scanned PDF to many other file formats with Smallpdf.

With our scan app, you can quickly capture, scan, and transform any file into a high quality PDF document. The Smallpdf Mobile App makes it easy to digitalize documents.

Creating scanned PDFs is as simple as taking a photo. To get started, download the free app from the App Store for iOS or Google Play for Android.

How To Scan To PDF With the Smallpdf Mobile App

  1. Open the Smallpdf Mobile App.

  2. Click the round plus button at the bottom.

  3. Select “Scan with camera.”

  4. Take a photo of your document. You can also create one PDF from multiple scans.

  5. Choose a filter if you'd like and give the PDF a name.

  6. Tap "Save"—easy-peasy! We’ll save the file as a PDF right away.


How to scan to PDF with Smallpdf

Other Features of the Smallpdf Mobile App


On top of scanning a document to a PDF, you can also create PDFs from photos or from an existing file on your mobile device. Just select “Add from gallery” or “Add from files” from the options. Once you create a PDF scan, there are a handful of options for you to work with your new document—straight from the app.

From the file menu, tap on the three dots next to the file name, where you’ll be able to:

  • compress your scanned PDF
  • convert the PDF to other formats
  • eSign the PDF
  • rename or edit the PDF
  • share the PDF and more

If you navigate over to the tool menu, you can access even more features, such as Merge.

Changing PDF Scans To Other Formats


As the most popular online PDF software, we’re also here to help you convert your scanned images (saved in PDF format by default).

Once you create a file with our mobile PDF scanner, you can click the icon for more options, and select “Convert to … ” The app should then present you with a list of available file types, including Word, JPG, Excel, and PPT.

Since the app cannot store non-PDF files, we’ll automatically send them to your online file storage service—easily accessible on mobile, via your internet browser.

PDF Scanning Made Easy


Once you open a PDF, you can also export and manage it via our parent website, where we currently host over 20 PDF tools.

For instance, OCR (Optical Character Recognition) is available if you wish to convert the scanned PDF into an editable Word file. Other tools like Merge PDF, Split PDF, and Delete Pages can help you manage your scanned files as you like.

We believe that PDF-related solutions should be accessible to anyone with any device, which is why you can use our tools on the web, mobile, and even desktop. Anything to help make PDF easy for you.

Work On The Go


The Smallpdf Mobile App offers everything that you’ll need to work with PDF files wherever you are. The mobile app enables seamless transition between physical documents and digital files. Our website, which automatically syncs with the Smallpdf Mobile App, uses secure TLS encryption, so we can enable a safe environment where you can upload, process, and download PDFs with ease. You can have access to all your documents anytime, anywhere.

Hung Nguyen
Hung Nguyen
Senior Growth Marketing Manager