While Android devices may not be designed to replace the common desktop/laptop, that doesn't mean they can't be used for productivity. And one of the best uses for a device like a tablet is to stay organized. As such, it's not uncommon for users to want to store important documents within their devices. The problem is: how do you get a document from paper to digital without having to go through the trouble of first using a computer? Enter Accusoft USB Scanner.

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Just likes its name suggests, USB Scanner allows you to interface with a USB scanner directly from your Android device. It can send documents directly to apps like Evernote, Google Drive, Gmail, Box, and "many others," as well as share documents through the normal channels.

Accusoft USB Scanner supports a few of the most commonly used formats, including PDF, JPEG, TIFF and BMP.

There's a trial version off the app that allows 10 scans to ensure it works with your scanner/device, but the full version will set you back $10. For more details, including a full list of supported scanners, go right here.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    USB host support has really given Android a leg up over iOS and other mobile OSes. Peripherals galore ftw.

    • LazarusDark

      I've been wondering for a while. I mean, I realize we don't necessarily want Android bloated full of every driver imaginable requiring Windows-size 20gb installs, but is there some reason drivers for Linux can't be ported to Android? I'm not an expert on Linux, a dabbler at best, so I don't understand why this hasn't been done. I mean, you hook up a usb scanner or just about any usb device to Windows or many distros of Linux and you at least get the basic functionality, even if the advanced functions may require a driver download. Other than Google just not interested in doing it, I would at least still think the rom community would be working on this.

      • elot

        if you want to have some new driver at linux you have to add it to the kernel...and i am not sure if that AOSP can do this

      • Michael Washington

        Linux drivers are years behind Windows drivers for the most part.

      • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

        I think most driver installation requires root access and it's something you can't count on.

      • John Reynolds


        I'm actually one of the developers for this project -- I'm knee deep in driver code & debugging usb transaction dumps most days. With some caveats, that's essentially what we're doing with this project -- getting the Linux/SANE drivers over to Android. We've got patches we'll be sending back to the SANE group for a number of fixes I've made to the drivers for whatever scanners we've got in the office [of which we'll be adding more]. However, there's a mammoth-sized gulf between implementing the drivers in Linux vs. Android. Honestly, I'm not sure why Android hasn't worked on it natively yet, but in the mean time we've taken up the flag. There's a whole boat-load of translation from SANE to the Java-land USB code that needed to be done and any file-system differences need to be accounted for as well.

        We're extremely interested in trying to get everything working for everyone, so if you're having problems, just drop a line to our support and we'll get back to you. Some things are out of scope for now [for instance, SANE's external backends like hpaio are a completely separate code-base & would be an extremely large project to get integrated].

      • leo12all

        Not impossible but after a point it is pointless.

  • http://twitter.com/greyy12345 Grey

    My Brother Printer app lets me trigger the printer's scan remotely (as long as I'm on the same Wifi network). It's awesome, it's one of the coolest things I've ever done. And it's free.

  • NC guy

    Ummm... cam scanner. Done and done.

  • aplusjimages

    So you can just plug a scanner right to your phone? Or is this a scanner thats connected to a computer?

    • Forrest Dix

      You can plug the scanner directly into your Android 3.2+ tablet or phone. It's particularly handy with portable scanners that can be powered by the USB connection.

  • Tim

    Cam Scanner works the best and you don't need a regular scanner. It uses your phone's camera to scan and it surprisingly works great!