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Having the ability to scan documents directly from your smartphone is a game-changer. Apple has made this process incredibly convenient with the built-in functionality in the iPhone's Notes app. In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through how to scan a document on an iPhone using this versatile app.

Why Use Your iPhone to Scan Documents?

Before diving into the step-by-step guide, let's explore the benefits of using your iPhone to scan documents:

  1. Convenience: Your iPhone is always with you, making it easy to scan documents on the go.
  2. Cost-Effective: No need to invest in a separate scanner or third-party scanning app.
  3. Quality: The Notes app on iPhone delivers high-quality scans that are suitable for most everyday needs.
  4. Integrated: Scanned documents can be easily shared, saved to cloud services, or annotated for personal use.

Step-by-Step Guide to Scanning a Document on iPhone

Step 1: Open the Notes App

  1. Launch the Notes App: Locate the Notes app on your iPhone home screen and tap to open it.
  2. Create a New Note: Tap the New Note icon, usually represented by a pencil and paper, to start a new note.

Step 2: Access the Camera

  1. Open Camera Function: Inside the new note, tap the camera icon located above the keyboard.
  2. Select “Scan Documents”: From the menu options, select Scan Documents. This will activate your iPhone's camera.

Step 3: Scan the Document

  1. Position the Document: Place the document you want to scan on a flat surface. Ensure it is well-lit and there are no shadows.
  2. Align the Document: Position your iPhone so that the document is within the camera's viewfinder. The app will automatically detect the edges of the document.
  3. Capture the Scan: Tap the shutter button to capture the scan. The app will automatically handle the cropping and alignment.
  4. Adjust if Necessary: If the auto-capture feature does not work, you can manually adjust the corners by dragging the edges to fit the document.

Step 4: Review and Save

  1. Review Scanned Pages: After capturing the scan, you can review the scanned page. If needed, you can scan additional pages by tapping Keep Scanning.
  2. Save the Scan: Once you have scanned all necessary pages, tap Save. The scanned document will be added to your note.

Step 5: Share or Export the Document

  1. Open the Document: Go back to the note containing your scanned document.
  2. Share or Export: Tap the Share icon (a square with an arrow pointing up) to share the document via email, Messages, or other apps. You can also save the document to Files or other cloud services.

Using a Third-Party App: Slik Scan

Slik Scan is another excellent tool that offers advanced features for scanning documents. Here's how to use Slik Scan:

  1. Access Slik Scan Tool: Go to the Slik Scan tool for web at Slik Scan.
  2. Open Slik Scan: Launch the tool in your web browser and sign in with your Slik Safe account.
  3. Capture the Document: Position your document in front of your iPhone camera and tap the capture button. Slik Scan will automatically detect the edges and adjust the image.
  4. Review and Modify: You can reorder, crop, rotate, and adjust the scanned pages as needed. You can also remove the background if required.
  5. Save and Export: Save the scanned document to your desired location and export it in your preferred format, including direct sharing to WhatsApp or email.

You can also download Slik Safe mobile app for advanced features like large document scanning, backups, one click document sharing, and more.

Tips for Better Scans

To ensure the highest quality scans, consider these tips:

  1. Good Lighting: Ensure the document is in a well-lit area to avoid shadows and improve clarity.
  2. Steady Hands: Keep your hands steady while capturing the scan to avoid blurry images.
  3. Background Contrast: Place your document on a background that contrasts with the document edges for better edge detection.
  4. Multiple Pages: For multi-page documents, scan each page in sequence and the app will combine them into a single file.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

Blurry Scans

  • Solution: Ensure your iPhone camera lens is clean. Hold your phone steady and ensure there is enough light.

Edge Detection Issues

  • Solution: Manually adjust the edges after capturing the scan. Use a contrasting background to help the camera detect edges better.

Saving or Exporting Problems

  • Solution: Check if you have sufficient storage space. Ensure your iPhone software is up-to-date to avoid compatibility issues.


Scanning documents on an iPhone has never been easier, thanks to the built-in functionality of the Notes app. This guide walks you through the process, ensuring you can quickly and efficiently scan, save, and share documents. Whether you're on the go or working from home, your iPhone serves as a powerful tool to digitize your documents seamlessly.

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