Your Chromebook camera will soon be able to scan documents

When it comes to built-in webcams most laptops lack decent quality. This is still the case today with most webcams offering 720p resolution. They are added as an extra without much thought being put into them. However, since the pandemic and the improvements made to video apps such as Zoom. We’ve all got used to using our cameras a whole lot more.

Soon you’ll be able to get even more from your camera. Google has confirmed in a recent post that you’ll be able to scan documents using your built-in webcam. This is a great addition for anyone who needs to scan a document but does not own their own scanner or printer that comes with the scan function.

I can’t imagine anyone who scans a lot of documents who already owns their own scanner would use this function much. However, It will come in really handy for people who don’t tend to scan documents. Now that most of us do our business and shop online you’ll more than likely need to scan a document more than ever. Perfect for when you need it but don’t want to spend money on your own scanner.

How to scan a document on your Chromebook

To scan a document you would simply go to the camera app on your Chromebook. You’ll see an option to scan. Simply hold the document in front of your camera and the software will automatically recognise the edges of the document. You then simply select the scan button.

It may take a little time to get used to but will be invaluable if you ever find yourself in a position where you need to scan a document urgently. Documents to prove your identity for example, which you need to send to a company.

I’ve taken a quick look and this functionality is not yet available. It should be available on the stable channel when you receive the Chrome OS 96 update. At the time of writing this article, we’re currently using Chrome OS 94. Therefore, it may be a couple of months before you can take advantage of this.