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How to Scan and Send Documents on iPhone: A Complete Guide

In today’s digital age, scanning and sending documents right from your smartphone is not only possible but incredibly convenient. Apple’s iPhone comes equipped with powerful features within its native apps that make this task straightforward. Whether you need to send a signed contract or share important records, scanning and sharing documents have never been easier.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through each step to scan and send documents on your iPhone efficiently.

Why Use Your iPhone for Scanning?


Your iPhone is always with you, making it a handy tool for scanning documents on the go.


iPhone cameras offer high-resolution images ensuring that scanned documents are clear and legible.


Native apps like Notes and third-party apps seamlessly integrate with email services and cloud storage options for easy sharing.


Before we dive into the steps, ensure your iPhone’s iOS is up-to-date. The features discussed are based on iOS 13 and later.

How to Scan Documents Using the Notes App

The Notes app on iPhone includes a built-in document scanner that is both robust and simple to use. Follow these steps to scan a document:

Step 1: Open the Notes App

  1. Launch the Notes app on your iPhone.
  2. Create a New Note by tapping the pencil icon at the bottom right corner.

Step 2: Access the Scan Function

  1. In the new note, tap on the camera icon which appears above the keyboard.
  2. Select Scan Documents from the available options.

Step 3: Scan the Document

  1. Position your iPhone camera over the document you wish to scan. The app will automatically detect the edges of your document.
  2. Once the document is in view, the app will automatically capture the scan. If you prefer, you can opt for manual capture by pressing the shutter button.

Step 4: Adjust and Save

  1. Once the document is scanned, you can make adjustments. Drag the corners to adjust the scan area if necessary.
  2. Tap Keep Scan to save the document.
  3. Repeat for more pages and tap Save once you’ve scanned all necessary pages. Your scanned document will now appear in your note.

How to Share the Scanned Document

Now that your document is scanned and saved, follow these steps to share it:

Step 1: Open the Scanned Document

  1. Tap on the scanned document within your note to open it.

Step 2: Share the Document

  1. Tap the share icon (a square with an arrow pointing upwards) located at the top right corner of the screen.
  2. Choose your preferred method of sharing. You can send it via Mail, Messages, AirDrop, or save it to Files for future use.

Advanced Tips for Better Scanning

Optimize Lighting

Good lighting ensures clear scans. Use natural light or well-lit environments to minimize shadows and glare.

Steady Hand

Hold your device steady to avoid blurry scans. Use a stand if necessary.

Utilize Markup Tools

You can use the Markup tools in the Notes app to annotate or sign your scanned document before sharing.

Use Third-Party Apps

While the Notes app is sufficient for most scanning needs, third-party apps like Adobe Scan, Microsoft Office Lens, and CamScanner offer additional features like OCR (Optical Character Recognition) for text extraction.


Being able to scan and send documents using your iPhone is a game-changer for productivity. Whether you’re working remotely, handling personal paperwork, or assisting someone else, these steps will ensure you can efficiently scan and send documents whenever needed.

By leveraging the built-in capabilities of the iPhone's Notes app, you can save time, reduce paper clutter, and streamline your document management process. Happy scanning!

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