We have all had that moment – you have a pile of paper documents in front of you and you want to scan them, turn them into a PDF, and move on with your life. Thankfully, in the age of smartphone technology, this is getting easier to do. You can scan like a pro.

If you’re looking to turn your phone into a powerful scanner – one that also lets you resize, automatically trim corners, email, and even link to cloud storage solutions like Dropbox or Google Drive – here are our top recommendations:

  • If you are an Apple user, go with Scanner Pro. This app really is the king and does everything you’d ever need. It’s a steal at $3.99. And since it syncs to the cloud, you know you’ll be able to access your documents wherever you are. Check it out here.
  • If you are an Android user, use Clear Scan: This also does everything you’d need, with the added bonus that it’s free. However, you need to be prepared to spend about $10 on necessary in-app purchases. This scanner even comes with filters to give low-quality master copies a crisp, clean digital look. Check it out here.

Instead of fighting with the copy machine that claims to have a native digital scanning function, just use your smartphone! A few dollars and you’ll scan like a pro!