Adobe Scan settings and iOS devices settings help you pre-configure and streamline workflows so that you can work less and work faster.

Device settings

Enable-disable cellular data

By default, cellular data usage is enabled on devices with cellular access. To disable cellular data, tap settingsicon > Preferences > Allow Cellular Data Usage.

When the device’s settings screen opens, disable/enable Scan’s ability to use cell data.

Connecting an email app

If you’ve set up an email account on your iOS device, an email option appears as one of the share options in the file context menu. The emailicon does not appear if you have not connected an email account.

To configure an email account:

  1. Go to your device settings.

  2. Tap Accounts and Passwords > Add Account.

  3. Complete the account setup workflow.


Allowing access to device features

Adobe Scan requires access to your camera. After you install the app, you’ll be prompted to allow camera access as well as whether or not you’d like to receive push notifications. However, you can configure permissions at a later time.

To set permissions:

  1. Go to your device’s settings.

  2. Scroll to Adobe Scan.

  3. Tap the feature you want to configure.


For Siri configuration details, see Siri settings.


Dark mode

For users of iOS 13+, the October, 2019 Acrobat release supports dark mode. Dark mode’s high contrast display may improve readability in low light environments as well as extend battery life. For some users, dark mode is an important accessibility feature that maintains color meaning and preserves image representation better than the night mode feature.

  1. Go to your device’s settings screen.

  2. Tap Display and Brightness.

  3. Choose light or dark mode.


Scan app settings

Adobe Scan settings allow you to control features such as cellular data usage, text recognition, and so on. To change your settings:

  1. Open the app and log in.

  2. Tap settingsicon


Theme: light and dark mode

The October release supports themes. Choose between light or dark mode as follows:

  1. Tap hamburgericon > Preferences.

  2. In the App Theme box, tap the drop down arrow.

  3. Choose one of the following:

    • Auto: The default for Android 6 and later.

    • Light: The standard theme usually displayed by Auto.

    • Dark: The default when the Battery Saver is active. Dark mode requires Android 6 or later.


Disabling automatic text recognition

By default, the app automatically converts image text in scans to actual text (optical character recognition or OCR). All scans start out as an image, and conversion to text allows you to edit, markup, and work with text. You can disable this feature.

  1. Tap settingsicon > Preferences.

  2. Disable Run Text Recognition.

Setting the text recognition language

By default, the text recognition language is set to the language of your device. Change the default as follows:

  1. Tap settingsicon > Preferences.

  2. Tap Text Recognition Language.

  3. Select your language.

  4. Tap Done.


Save scans to Photos

You can automatically save scans (images) on your device:

  1. Tap settingsicon > Preferences.

  2. Enable Save Original to Photos.

When you save a scan to PDF, the app now saves the images to Adobe Document Cloud as well as to your Photos.

Adjusting borders

You can configure the capture workflow so that the border adjustment handles appear after each capture. When enabled, the crop handles appear, and you can crop the image on-the-fly prior to another scan or reviewing the entire scan.

  1. Tap settingsicon > Preferences.

  2. Enable Let me adjust borders after each scan.


Enabling auto capture

By default, the app automatically looks for a document to scan on startup. You can toggle this feature on and off as follows:

  1. Initiate a scan.

  2. Tap autoscan Auto-Capture On

When disabled, the icon changes to autoscanoff Auto-Capture Off

Controlling the flash

For devices equipped with a flash, you set it to always on, always off, or auto (only use in dark settings):

  1. Initiate a scan.

  2. Tap the icon to toggle through the options:

    • flashiconon

    • flashiconoff

    • flashiconauto

An A appears next to the flash icon when set to automatic.

Product improvement program

By default, the app sends usage data to Adobe so that the engineering team can improve the product and provide you with a more personalized experience. To unenroll:

  1. Tap settingsicon > About Adobe Scan.

  2. Disable Send Usage Info.


Writing a review

Reviews help us learn what we’re doing right or wrong. Feedback is always welcome. To write a review:

  1. Tap settingsicon > About Adobe Scan.

  2. Tap the text: “If you enjoy using Adobe Scan…”