Tech Tip: Use Google Drive On Android To Save Receipts

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If you’re like me, you probably have a folder (or two, or three) full of receipts for major purchases you’ve made over the years. As time goes on, those receipts can wear and eventually become unreadable. There are a few mobile apps out there that are designed specially for scanning and saving copies of your receipts, most of which aren’t free. Now, with Google Drive on Android, you can use the Google Drive app to scan your receipts into a PDF and save them on your Google Drive, all from within the app.


After launching the Google Drive app, the first thing you’ll probably want to do is create a Receipts folder to stay organized. To do this, click on the plus sign in the upper right and select folder, then give it a name.


Next, you’ll want to navigate to that folder, then click the plus sign and select Scan from the popup menu. Align the receipt to the viewfinder. You can turn on your camera’s light by clicking on the lightning bolt button. If you have a long receipt, you can click on the plus sign after your first scan to scan in another page within your PDF.

When you’re finished with that receipt, click on the checkmark to save it.

Most receipts will be searchable with optical character recognition (OCR).

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