How can I convert physical copies of my old photos to digital format?

On your mobile

For a lightweight job, you might want to try the mobile app DocScanner.

Scanning to your computer

If you have a scanner at home, you can scan them yourself. All scanners and computers are slightly different; we recommend doing a Google search for details on your scanner and system or consulting your scanners user's guide if you need assistance. 

  • Many scanners will default to PDF files when scanning; be sure to check that the file format is set to scan in as either JPEG (JPG) or PNG.
    • We recommend JPEG.
    • We also suggest scanning at the highest quality setting possible without letting the file size surpass 10 MB or the image resolution surpass 8000 pixels by 8000 pixels.
  • Public libraries often have scanners, and a library worker may be able to help with scanning your photos if needed.

Professionally digitized

Walgreens and Costco offer cost-effective services to scan physical photos, while more specialized companies may provide a higher quality end product at a bit more cost.