Working with Scans

Adobe Scan offers a rich set of features for working with your scans. You can:

Select and copy text

You can select and copy text from any scan. Simply:

  1. Open a scan.
  2. Long press the text you need to copy.
  3. Drag the handles to select the copy boundaries.
  4. Tap Copy.



Optical character recognition (text recognition) must be enabled for this feature to work.

Select multiple files

To delete or share more than one scan, select multiple files from the Home screen or All Scans list:

  1. Tap image > Select Multiple Items.
  2. After the app enters multiple selection mode, tap files to select them.
  3. Tap image
  4. From the top bar, tap image or image


Add business card scans to contacts

If you’ve selected Business Card during the scan or the scan app determines the scan is a business card, you can save the scan details directly to your contacts list. After the text recognition process completes, a Save Contact icon appears on the document card thumbnail. On the preview screen, you may also see a “This looks like a business card. . .” message.


To add the scan data to your contacts:

  1. Tap image

  2. When the New Contact form appears, enter or edit the details. The business card thumbnail appears at the top so you can verify the information.

  3. Tap Save.


    If you’ve captured more than one business card in a single scan, you can select which cards to add to your contacts.

Share your scans

You can share one or more saved scans in a number of ways. You can share a link to a file stored in Adobe Document Cloud, share a copy of the file with other apps on your device, email the file, and so on.

  • When viewing a file, tap image
  • For any file item or file thumbnail in the Recent list, tap image
  • From the All Scans view, tap image and then tap image
  • From the Recents view, tap any file’s image and then tap image

… * On iOS 11 and later, you can also share files from the Files app.


Share from Recents

For any file:

  1. Tap image
  2. Choose one of the ways to share (file copy or link)
  3. Choose a sharing app, and complete the workflow.


For any file:

  1. Tap image
  2. Tap image
  3. Choose one of the ways to share (file copy or link)
  4. Choose a sharing app, and complete the workflow.

Share multiple files

Select and share multiple files as follows:

  1. Tap the Home view’s image icon.
  2. Tap Select
  3. Tap the files to share.
  4. Tap image
  5. Choose one of the ways to share (file copy or link), and complete the workflow.


Email copies of scans

If you’ve set up an email account on your iOS device, an email option appears in the context menus. You can email a link to a scan directly from the app as follows:

From the Recents list:

  1. Tap image
  2. Choose one of the ways to share (file copy or link).
  3. Complete the workflow.

From the All Scans list:

  1. Tap image for any file (either on the thumbnail or in the file list).
  2. Choose one of the ways to share (file copy or link).
  3. Complete the workflow.

Comment and markup a scan

While you could always copy a file to Acrobat and comment a file, improved integration with Acrobat enables commenting a shared file. With a file open:

  1. Tap image
  2. Add comments and markup in Acrobat.
  3. Tap Done.

The shared file with comments is automatically saved in Adobe Scan.


Open in Acrobat Readerx

If you have Acrobat Reader installed, you can open a file directly and add comments, edit the file, and so on.

  1. From the Recent file list, tap image on any file.
  2. From All Scans, tap image on any file and then tap image
  3. From an open file, tap image on any file and then tap image


Save pages as JPEG

While files automatically save as PDF, you can also save individual pages as JPEG files to your gallery.

  1. From any file list, tap image, or open a file and tap image
  2. Tap Save pages as JPEG.

Every page of your scan automatically saves to your gallery in JPEG format.


Create Fill & Sign forms

Fill & Sign forms are PDF forms you can create on any platform, including mobile devices. Fill & Sign form fields are similar to annotations: you can select a form element from the form tool bar and tap anywhere on the PDF to place it.

If you’ve installed Acrobat Reader, you can create a form from a scan:

  1. Open a file in Acrobat.
  2. Tap image.
  3. Edit the file as needed. You can then add form fields such as text fields and check boxes. You can fill out the fields, or you can send the file to others for fill in.


Rename a file

Rename a file during the scanning process by tapping image prior to saving it to PDF.

You can rename a file later via the Rename menu item from several places:

  1. When viewing a file, tap image next to the file name.
  2. From any file list, tap image for the file you want to rename, and tap Rename.
  3. Enter a new name.
  4. Tap Rename.


Renaming suggestions

When the app recognizes document text, the rename dialog invoked from the review screen displays suggestions based on the recognized text. These suggestions only appear when OCR occurs on the device. Only date suggestions are available for server-based OCR (for example, with business cards). Note that suggestions do not appear when renaming a file from the Preview, Recent, or All Scans views.

To use the suggestions, simply tap those you’d like to use.



Suggestions derive form the local, scanned document. Suggestions do not originate from, and are not stored on, Document Cloud. You can disable OCR entirely from the Preferences screen.

Changing the default name

While the default scan name is “Scan + Date”, you can change the default name in renaming workflows for documents that recognize text. The new default name applies to all new scans. You can also set the default name from the app’s preferences screen.

To change the default name:

  1. Scan a document with text.
  2. Tap the image
  3. In the rename dialog, tap Edit Default Name.
  4. Enter a new default manually, or tap the suggestions.
  5. Tap image


Modify existing scans

You can modify scans after they are converted to PDF. The feature allows you to organize, crop, and enhance scans at any time. To use this feature:

  1. Do one of the following:
  • Open a PDF scan in the preview screen.
  • For any thumbnail in the file list, tap image
  1. Tap image
  2. Modify your scan as needed.
  3. Tap Save.

Note that you cannot modify scanned files which have been altered outside of Adobe Scan. For example, if you have opened a scan in Acrobat and have added comments, added attachments, organized pages, and so on, Adobe Scan will not be able to modify that file.



For details about editing scans, see Scanning Documents.

Add photos to a scan

Document detection for the add-from-photos feature means the app tries to distinguish documents from selfies, artwork, and other non-document photos. By showing you document-specific images first, it’s easier to find and work with what you actually need. Integration with the device photo library allows you to easily browse your photo library and add images to new or existing scans.

To access this feature:

  1. Tap image on the capture screen or file browser. While reviewing a current scan, you can also tap image in the bottom menu and tap Select from Photos. Photos from last month appear by default.
  2. If you don’t see what you need, tap Show More Documents or Show All Photos.
  3. Tap a thumbnail to select one or more files.
  4. Tap the checkmark to finish adding the photo to your scan.


Printing uses your device’s printing capabilities. You can set up a printer ahead of time or at the time of printing.

  1. Open a PDF.

  2. Tap image and then image

  3. In the Printer Options dialog, select a printer.

  4. Use the + and - buttons to set the number of copies to print.

  5. Tap Print.


    Note that the printer must be AirDrop enabled. For more detail, see


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