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How to Scan a Document on Your iPhone: A Detailed Guide

In today's digital age, the ability to scan documents straight from your smartphone has become a necessity. If you're an iPhone user, you have a powerful tool at your fingertips that allows you to scan documents quickly and effortlessly. In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps on how to scan a document on your iPhone. We'll also provide tips and tricks to ensure you get the best results, making your scanned documents clear and legible.

What You Need to Get Started

Before diving into the scanning process, make sure you have the following:

  1. An iPhone: Ensure your device is running iOS 11 or later, as the built-in scanning feature is available from iOS 11 onwards.
  2. The Notes App: This pre-installed app on your iPhone contains the document scanning feature.
  3. Good Lighting: Adequate lighting ensures your scans are clear and free of shadows.

Step-by-Step Guide to Scanning a Document Using the Notes App

Step 1: Open the Notes App

  1. Locate and open the Notes app on your iPhone. You can find it on your home screen or use the search function by swiping down from the middle of your home screen.

Step 2: Create a New Note

  1. Tap the compose button (a square with a pencil icon) located at the bottom right corner of the screen to create a new note.

Step 3: Access the Scan Feature

  1. Inside the new note, tap the camera icon located above the keyboard.
  2. Select “Scan Documents” from the menu that appears.

Step 4: Position the Document

  1. Position the document you want to scan within the camera viewfinder. The Notes app will automatically detect the edges of your document and highlight the area to be scanned.

Step 5: Capture the Scan

  1. Once the document is properly aligned, the app will automatically capture the scan. If it doesn’t capture automatically, you can tap the shutter button to manually capture the document.

Step 6: Adjust the Corners

  1. After capturing the document, you can adjust the corners if needed. Drag the corners to fit the edges of the document perfectly, then tap “Keep Scan”.

Step 7: Complete the Scan

  1. If you have more pages to scan, you can continue capturing more pages by repeating the process. Once you’re done, tap “Save” to store the scanned document in your note.

Tips for High-Quality Scans

  1. Ensure Good Lighting: Proper lighting eliminates shadows and improves scan quality. Natural daylight works best.
  2. Use a Flat Surface: Place your document on a flat, non-reflective surface to avoid distortions and reflections.
  3. Hold Steady: Keep your hand steady while capturing the scan to avoid blurriness.
  4. Adjust Filters: The Notes app offers filters such as Color, Grayscale, and Black & White. Experiment with these to get the best clarity for your document.

Storing and Sharing Your Scanned Document

Once you’ve scanned your document, you may want to save it in a different location or share it with others. Here’s how you can do it:

Save to Files

  1. Open the scanned document in the Notes app.
  2. Tap the share icon (a square with an arrow pointing upwards).
  3. Select “Save to Files” and choose a destination folder within the Files app.

Share via Email or Messaging

  1. Open the scanned document.
  2. Tap the share icon.
  3. Choose an app, such as Mail or Messages, to share your scanned document.


Scanning documents on your iPhone is an incredibly convenient and straightforward process. With the built-in scanning feature in the Notes app, you can quickly digitize your important documents, receipts, or even handwritten notes with just a few taps. By following the step-by-step guide and utilizing our tips for high-quality scans, you can ensure your digital documents are clear and professional.

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