Scanning Work on a Mobile Device

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For the majority of your paper-based and handwritten Gradescope assignments, you need to scan hard copies of your pages and save them as a PDF before submitting. No scanner? No problem. Keep reading to learn how to scan from your phone and then how to submit your scans in Gradescope from your computer, phone, or tablet.

Scanning on iOS devices

  1. DOWNLOAD: In the App Store, download Scannable by Evernote (our recommended app for iOS devices). You can also download and follow a similar process with Genius Scan or another scanning app that produces high-quality PDFs.
  2. SCAN: Open Scannable. Click the three dots > Settings > File Type > PDF. Then, click the back arrow > Done. Hold your phone above each page. The app will scan each page automatically as soon as it finds it. When you’ve scanned every page, click the check mark
  3. REVIEW: Review your scans. Make sure all pages are in one PDF. If your scans are blurry, see Tips for Scanning below. Name your file by tapping the file name next to the PDF icon.
  4. SHARE: Click Send. Then, click Mail to email the scans to yourself or click Share > Save to Files or Dropbox (or another cloud service). You may need to scroll to find all the “Save to…” options on your phone. 

    Now, you’re ready to turn in your work. See Submitting an assignment
How to use Scannable on iOS devices to scan written work

Scanning on Android devices

  1. DOWNLOAD: In the Play Store, download Genius Scan (our recommended app for Android Devices). You can also download and follow a similar process with another scanning app that produces high-quality PDFs.
  2. SCAN: Open Genius Scan. Select the camera icon on the main screen. If you’re scanning multiple pages, tap the image icon in the top right corner of the screen to switch to batch mode. Hold your phone above each page and click the spinning circle. Repeat for each page. The number in the circle will track how many pages you’ve scanned to the document. Click the check mark when you’ve scanned all your pages.
  3. REVIEW: Make sure all your pages are in one document. Name your document by tapping the name file name at the top of your screen. Review your scans for legibility. If your scans are blurry, see Tips for scanning below.
  4. SHARE: Select your document, click the Share icon. Make sure the Format is set to PDF. Then, click Mail to send it to yourself, click Device Memory to save it on your phone, or click Google Drive or Dropbox (or another storage option) to save it to the cloud. 

    Now, you’re ready to turn in your work. See Submitting an assignment
    How to use Genius Scan on Android devices to scan written work

Tips for scanning

  • Use dark lettering: Use the darkest pen, pencil, or font color possible to do your work.
  • Scan on a flat surface: Scan on a dark table with high contrast to your paper.
  • Steady your hands: Hold your phone at a bird’s eye view and scan your pages slowly with steady hands.
  • Enhance, if needed: Check your scanning app’s settings for filters that let you enhance, restore, lighten, or darken your scans.

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