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Cool ways to use your phone's camera that don't involve photos

Yep, that camera in your smartphone is amazing. We now live in an age where we can take high-resolution photos instantly wherever we go, satisfying our need to document our lives on a whim. Nowadays, we take this ability for granted since we could take as many photos as we want with virtually unlimited storage.

But did you know that there are plenty of other uses for your smartphone's camera?

Aside from indulging your selfie desires, nailing that wacky group shot or carefully composing your latest Instagram post, here are our picks for other ways you could use your smartphone camera other than, you know, taking actual photos.

1. Scan documents

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One of the most productive ways of using your smartphone's camera is to use it as a portable, pocket document scanner. Create scans of anything, be it documents, receipts, business cards, magazines and share them via email or text.

Some scanning apps even have OCR (Optical Character Reader) capability that will analyze scanned text and export them as editable PDF or text files. This is one use of your phone's camera that you would definitely want to check out.

There are lots of free and paid document scanning apps out there but one of our favorites is Evernote Scannable for iOS.

Android users could check out Google's own Google Drive. Aside from cloud storage, their app has document scanning capabilities via your device camera.

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