Nowadays, digital copies are becoming more popular because they are safer and easier to carry than paper records. Modern PCs and laptops also support the scan & print functions that allow you to create a copy of a document or file in the read-only format like PDF and print or share it as per your preferences. So, creating a digital copy (via scan) of a document is an easy and simple process to perform. “But, what if you don’t have a PC or laptop that supports the scan and print functions?” Well, then you can use your smartphone or tablet to scan and print a document of your preferences. Continue reading this page to know “how to scan and print from your phone or tablet” in detail. You can use your smartphone or tablet’s built-in camera to capture a high-quality scan of a document and print or share it. However, this method might vary a little bit based on your OS types.

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If you’re using an iPhone, iPad, or any iOS device, then you can use its free, pre-installed app called “Notes” to scan and print from your phone. The following instructions will guide you in performing the same.

  • Open the Notes app on your iPhone.
  • You can find the New note icon at the bottom of the Notes app screen; tap on it.
  • Now, you can see a screen with a keyboard attached open up on your phone.
  • Tap the Plus icon available at the top of the attached keyboard.
  • Select the Scan Documents option from the pop-up menu.
  • Place the hard copy of the document (you want to scan and print) in front of your phone’s camera and take a photo of it. 
  • After capturing the photo of the document, check its quality.
  • If you’re satisfied with the copy of the scanned document, tap Done to save it on your phone. Otherwise, tap Retake and re-capture the document.
  • Now, tap the Share icon on the Scanned Documents screen to print the scanned document.
  • Select Print from the list of options.
  • On the Print screen, select the printer and set the print settings as per your preferences. 
  • Now, the printer that is connected to your iOS device will start to print the selected document.


Similarly, if you’re using an Android phone or tablet, you can use the Google Drive app to scan and print a document of your preferences. This app is pre-installed on almost all Android phones. So, just open the app and sign in using your Google account (if necessary) to use the print & scan functions with it.

  • Open the Google Drive app.
  • Sign in if prompted.
  • Tap Plus > Create New > Scan.
  • Now, take a photo of the document that you wish to scan.
  • After taking the photo, tap the checkmark if the quality is good and the texts are clear. Otherwise, tap the Back arrow and retake the photo of the document.
  • Similarly, scan all the pages of the document.
  • Finally, tap Save to upload the scanned document to Google Drive.
  • Now, locate the scanned document on the main screen of the app.
  • Tap on the Kebab menu beside the scanned document.
  • Select Print and follow the on-screen instructions to print the scanned document of your preferences.

Alternative way

You can also use some dedicated apps that are designed for scanning and printing from your phone or tablet. The two most popular and trusted scanner apps are Tiny Scanner and Scanner Pro. Some printer models also offer dedicated apps for scanning and printing from your phone or tablet. If you’re using an HP printer, then use the HP Smart app to scan and print from your phone or tablet.

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