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How to Scan Documents Using iPhone

In today's fast-paced digital world, the ability to quickly and efficiently scan documents can be a game-changer. Whether you're dealing with contracts, receipts, or handwritten notes, your iPhone offers a powerful built-in tool that lets you scan documents on-the-go. In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through the step-by-step process of scanning documents using your iPhone, ensuring you can digitize your paperwork without any hassle.

Why Scan Documents with Your iPhone?

Scanning documents with your iPhone has several advantages:

  1. Portable and Convenient: No need for bulky scanners or special equipment.
  2. High Quality: The iPhone camera offers excellent resolution, ensuring clear and legible scans.
  3. Easy Sharing: Quickly share scanned documents via email, cloud storage, or messaging apps.
  4. Secure: Store important documents digitally, reducing the risk of losing physical copies.


Before we dive into the scanning process, make sure you meet these basic requirements:

  • An iPhone running iOS 11 or later.
  • The Notes or Files app installed on your device.

Step-by-Step Guide: Scanning Documents with Notes App

The Notes app on your iPhone provides a straightforward way to scan documents. Here's a detailed guide:

Step 1: Open the Notes App

  1. Locate and open the Notes app on your iPhone.
  2. Either create a new note by tapping the New Note button (a square with a pencil) at the bottom right, or open an existing note where you want to add the scanned document.

Step 2: Access the Scan Feature

  1. Within the note, tap the Camera icon located above the keyboard.
  2. Select Scan Documents from the options that appear.

Step 3: Scan the Document

  1. Position your iPhone camera over the document you want to scan. The app will automatically detect the edges of the document.
  2. Hold your iPhone steady. When the document is correctly aligned, the camera will capture it automatically. If automatic capture is not enabled, press the Shutter button.
  3. Adjust the corners of the scan if necessary by dragging the blue dots, and then tap Keep Scan.

Step 4: Continue Scanning

  1. You can scan additional pages if you have a multi-page document by repeating the process for each page.
  2. Once you've scanned all pages, tap Save to add the scanned document to your note.

Step 5: Edit and Share the Scan

  1. After saving, you can tap the scanned document to make edits, crop, or apply filters.
  2. To share the document, tap the Share button (a square with an arrow) at the top right, and choose your preferred sharing method.

Using the Files App for Scanning

The Files app offers another versatile method for scanning documents. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Open the Files App

  1. Launch the Files app on your iPhone.
  2. Navigate to the folder where you want to save the scanned document.

Step 2: Access the Scan Feature

  1. Tap the ellipsis (three dots) icon at the top right corner.
  2. Select Scan Documents from the menu.

Step 3: Scan and Save

  1. Position your iPhone camera over the document.
  2. Capture the document as described in the Notes app process.
  3. Once all pages are scanned, tap Save to store the document in the chosen folder.

Tips for Perfect Scans

To ensure the highest quality scans, consider these tips:

  1. Good Lighting: Make sure the document is well-lit to avoid shadows and increase clarity.
  2. Steady Hands: Hold your iPhone steady to prevent blurry images.
  3. Flat Surface: Place the document on a flat surface for better edge detection.
  4. Proper Alignment: Align the document with the edges of the camera screen for accurate captures.


Scanning documents using your iPhone is a quick and efficient way to digitize your paperwork. With the built-in Notes and Files apps, you have all the tools you need at your fingertips. Whether you're at home, in the office, or on-the-go, your iPhone makes it simple to create high-quality scans that you can easily share and store.

By following this step-by-step guide and our tips for perfect scans, you'll be able to confidently scan any document with ease. Say goodbye to bulky scanners and hello to the convenience of digital document management with your iPhone.

Feel free to share this guide with friends and colleagues, and stay tuned for more tips and tricks on making the most of your iPhone.

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