How to Scan with an HP Printer on Android & iOS?

The procedure of scanning the documents could be a hassle if you do it through the desktop. However, it becomes quite convenient to scan your documents and photos through your mobile phone. If you want to know how to scan with an HP Printer on Android and iOS (iPhone & iPad), we will explain to you with detailed instructions.

Scanning Documents with HP Printer on Your Android and iOS Mobile Phone

To scan with an HP Printer through an Android or iOS device, you need to set up the printer with your mobile phone. By downloading the HP Smart app on your phone, you can get this job done.

Once you install the app on your phone, you can use it to scan documents or photos. If required, you can send or share the scanned documents via email. Know the detailed procedure of how to scan with an HP printer on Android and iOS (iPhone & iPad) devices.

Step 1: Installing the HP Smart App

If you are planning to set up a wireless network then make sure you place your HP printer near a WiFi router. Also, the paper tray should be loaded.

  • Power on your HP printer.
  • Then, visit 123.hp.com to start downloading the HP Smart app. If you use VPN, disconnect it before you download the app.
  • Once HP Smart is installed on your phone, create your account by signing up. If you already have an HP account, you can directly sign in to access all the printer functions.
  • Later, you can enable Bluetooth. This will let your device detect the printer during the setup.
  • Now, you can set up your printer.
    • If the app successfully detects your printer then you can follow the on-screen instructions.
    • But, if the printer is not found then you need to add the printer to the app by clicking on the (+) icon. Then, pursue the on-screen instructions to finish the process.

Step 2: Using the HP Smart Scan Options on Android and iOS

By using the HP Smart app on your Android or iOS device, you can save, send, and share scanned documents.

Scan Documents using the HP Smart App on Android and iOS

To scan the photos and documents from your printer, you can capture photos using the camera of your mobile phone (Android or iOS). Follow these steps to understand better:

  • In HP Smart, choose any of the following options:
    • Camera Scan: You can use the camera of your tablet or phone to take a photo of your document to edit, print, and share.
    • Printer Scan:  Place the document on a scanner glass of your printer or into ADF (Automatic Document Feeder).
      • Android: Go to the Settings on Android and choose the input source, color, and resolutions. Then, select Close.
      • iOS: Choose the paper size, color, and quality using the drop-down menu. Then, tap the Close button.
  • Select the Preferences option to turn on or off the enhancement feature.
  • Select Done.
  • Now, choose the Preset option.
  • Tap Scan or press the white circle to initiate the scan.
  • When you see the Detect Edges or Adjust Boundaries option, click Auto. You can also adjust the boundaries manually. All you have to do is move the blue dots and tap Next.
HPSmart scan adjusts boundaries on android
  • In the Preview mode, choose the following settings or options:
    • Tap +Add to add a new page.
    • Select Menu to replace, edit, or remove the scanned items.
    • Rotate icon will help you to rotate the item.
    • You can also choose the file type. Basic PDF lets you save the document as a single document while the Image option keeps your scans separately.
  • Move to the Edit screen, enhance or adjust the file by changing its color. You can also crop, rotate, or add filters and text.
  • Then, click Done.
HPSmart Scan adjust mobile screen
  • Once done, choose the option to save, share, print, and fax the scanned document.
  • Thereafter, save the scan.
  • Return to the Homepage.

Save the Scanned Document (Single/ Multi-page PDF)

HP Smart app lets you prepare the PDF of your scanned document. For this, you need to document, select the preset option, adjust boundaries, and save it in PDF file format.

  • Choose any of the following options in HP Smart:
    • Camera Scan: You can use the camera of your tablet or phone to take a photo of your document to edit, print, and share.
    • Printer Scan:  Place the document on a scanner glass of your printer or into ADF (Automatic Document Feeder).
      • Android: Go to the Settings on Android and choose the input source, color, and resolutions. Then, select Close.
      • iOS: Choose the paper size, color, and quality using the drop-down menu. Then, tap the Close button.
  • Then, choose the Preset option.
  • Tap Scan or press the white circle to initiate the scan.
  • Click Auto when the Detect Edges or Adjust Boundaries option displays. You can also adjust the boundaries manually. All you have to do is move the blue dots and tap Next.
  • If you have multiple-page documents then select the +Add button. This will take you back to the scan process. Here, you can load another page for scanning. Repeat the same process until you scan all the pages.
  • Once done, tap on the Save button for Android. iOS users can tap on the Share or Save button.
HPSmart Scan Preview and Pages Share
  • If required, you can go to the File Type. Then, choose Basic PDF and return to the previous page to select the Share or Save option. This will save your document in PDF format.
HPSmart Scan save file screen

Send the Scanned Document to Email

If you want to send the scanned documents or photos through email, you can do it right through the HP Smart app. Make sure you apply the relevant settings for email.

  • Firstly, you will have to set up a personal email account on your mobile.
    • For Android: Settings -> Accounts/ Users and account -> Add Account. After this, add the service provider and type the email id along with the password.
    • For iPhone or iPad: SettingsPasswords and Accounts -> Add Account. Choose the service provider, and add your email id with a password to finish the setup.
  • Once done, select any of the following options in HP Smart:
    • Camera Scan: You can use the camera of your tablet or phone to take a photo of your document to edit, print, and share.
    • Printer Scan:  Place the document on a scanner glass of your printer or into ADF (Automatic Document Feeder).
      • Android: Go to the Settings on Android and choose the input source, color, and resolutions. Then, select Close.
      • iOS: Choose the paper size, color, and quality using the drop-down menu. Then, tap the Close button.
  • Then, select the Preset option.
  • Select Scan or press the white circle to initiate the scan.
  • Click Auto when the Detect Edges or Adjust Boundaries option displays. You can also adjust the boundaries manually. All you have to do is move the blue dots and tap Next.
  • When you are in Preview mode, select the Share button for Android and the Share or Save button on iOS devices.
HPSmart Scan Preview and Pages Share
  • If required, you can modify file settings.
  • Now, click the Share or Save option.
HPSmart Scan save file screen
  • Select the Mail option to view the email message with the file attached.
  • Type the email address in the To section.
  • Press the Send button.

By performing these steps, you can easily scan the documents, save them in PDF format, and share them via email.

How to Scan with an HP Printer using Mopria Scan App on Android?

Besides HP Smart, the Mopria Scan app is quite helpful in scanning photos or documents from the HP printer to the Android phone. You can use this app as an alternative source.

What is Required to Use Mopria Scan App?

To use the Mopria Scan app on your Android phone, you can check the following requirements:

  • Make sure your printer is connected to a strong internet connection or WiFi Direct.
    • Your printer and Android phone should be connected on the same network connection.
    • If you are using the WiFi connection, make sure you keep the Android and the HP printer within a range of 6 feet to the router.

Scan Documents using the Mopria Scan App

Once done checking the network connection, you can continue using the Mopria Scan app to scan your documents and photos.

  • Download the Mopria Scan app from the Google Play Store.
  • Make sure you Allow the app to access media, files, and photos on the phone.
  • Once you launch the app, select the Scanner option from the Discovered scanner.
  • Place the document on a scanner glass of your printer or into ADF (Automatic Document Feeder).
  • Adjust the settings based on the preference and hit the Scan button.
  • Pursue the instructions given on your screen.

This is how you can scan the documents using the third-party app (Mopria Scan app) on your Android phone.

In a Nutshell

Scanning documents by using the camera of a mobile phone is a pretty convenient feature to use. Just make sure you are properly connecting your Android or iOS device to the printer and then take photos of the documents. You can save, send, or share the scanned document if required.

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