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How to Scan Documents on iPhone

Scanning documents with your iPhone has never been easier. With advancements in technology and the introduction of powerful apps, turning your handheld device into a portable scanner is a breeze. Whether you need to digitize receipts, business cards, agreements, or notes, your iPhone offers seamless and efficient solutions. In this blog, we’ll walk you through the comprehensive steps to scan documents on an iPhone, ensuring you make the most of this helpful feature.

Why Scan Documents on iPhone?

  1. Convenience: Scanning documents on your iPhone eliminates the need for bulky hardware. You can perform the task anytime, anywhere.
  2. Paperless Office: Digitize receipts, forms, and agreements to reduce paper clutter.
  3. High-Quality Scans: Advanced scanning apps yield high-resolution scans, retaining clarity and detail.
  4. Instant Sharing: Quickly share scanned documents via email, cloud storage, or other applications.

Required Tools

Before diving into the steps, ensure that you have the following tools:

  1. iPhone: Ensure your device is running iOS 12 or later for optimal performance.
  2. Built-in Notes App: Available on all iPhone models with iOS 12 or later.
  3. Third-Party Scanning Apps: Apps such as Adobe Scan, CamScanner, or Microsoft Office Lens offer additional features.

Scanning Documents with the Built-In Notes App

The Notes app on your iPhone allows you to scan documents with ease. Here’s how you can do it:

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Open Notes App:

    • On your iPhone, open the Notes app.
  2. Create a New Note:

    • Tap on the Compose button (a square with a pencil icon) to create a new note.
  3. Access Camera Options:

    • Tap the Camera icon in the toolbar above the keyboard.
  4. Select 'Scan Documents':

    • From the options that appear, select Scan Documents.
  5. Position the Document:

    • Align the document you want to scan within the camera frame. The app will automatically detect and focus on the document. For best results, ensure good lighting and a steady hand.
  6. Capture the Scan:

    • The app will automatically capture the document. If it doesn’t, press the Shutter button to capture manually.
  7. Adjust the Scan:

    • After capturing, you can adjust the corners of the scan to fit the document perfectly. Tap Keep Scan when satisfied with the alignment.
  8. Save Your Scans:

    • Once you’ve scanned all your pages, tap Save. Your scanned document will be saved within the note.

Using Third-Party Scanning Apps

For additional features like OCR (Optical Character Recognition), cloud storage integration, and more editing options, consider using third-party scanning apps.

Adobe Scan

  1. Download Adobe Scan:
    • Download and install Adobe Scan from the App Store.
  2. Open Adobe Scan:

    • Open the app and sign in with your Adobe ID or create a new account.
  3. Scan Your Document:

    • Position your document within the camera frame. Adobe Scan will automatically detect and scan the document.
  4. Edit and Save:

    • Edit the scanned document if needed and save it as a PDF or JPEG.


  1. Download CamScanner:

  2. Launch CamScanner:

    • Open the app and set up your account.
  3. Capture the Document:

    • Use the camera to capture your document. Adjust the edges if necessary.
  4. Enhance and Save:

    • Enhance the scan with filters if needed and save the document.

Tips for Better Scans

  1. Lighting: Ensure good lighting conditions to avoid shadows and improve scan quality.
  2. Stable Surface: Place the document on a flat, stable surface for clear scans.
  3. Clean Lens: Regularly clean your iPhone camera lens to avoid smudges and blurs.

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