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With an iPhone, you no longer need a physical scanner! This comprehensive guide will walk you through the process of scanning documents using your iPhone, ensuring that you can digitize all your important papers efficiently and effortlessly.

Why Scan Documents on Your iPhone?

Before diving into the steps, let’s understand why scanning documents on your iPhone is a smart choice:

  1. Convenience: Eliminate the need for bulky scanners. With your iPhone, you can scan documents anytime, anywhere.
  2. Efficiency: Quickly digitize documents for easy sharing and storage.
  3. Quality: Modern iPhones have high-quality cameras, ensuring clear and readable scans.
  4. Integration: Easily save and manage scanned documents through various apps and cloud services.


Before you start scanning, ensure that you:

  1. Have an iPhone with iOS 11 or later (for the built-in "Notes" app feature).
  2. Have sufficient storage space for saving scanned documents.
  3. Have installed any third-party scanning apps if you prefer advanced features such as direct sharing, email, background removal etc.

How to Scan Documents Using the Notes App

The built-in "Notes" app on iPhone offers a straightforward method to scan documents. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

Step 1: Open the Notes App

  1. Locate the "Notes" app on your home screen and open it.
  2. Either create a new note or open an existing note.

Step 2: Add a New Scan

  1. Tap the camera icon at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Select "Scan Documents" from the menu that appears.

Step 3: Position and Capture

  1. Position your document within the viewfinder. The app will automatically detect the edges and focus.
  2. Tap the capture button to take a picture. Adjust the corners if the app doesn't perfectly align them.

Step 4: Reviewing and Adjusting

  1. You can scan additional pages by tapping "Keep Scan" or retake the scan if necessary.
  2. Once done, tap "Save." The scanned document will be added to your note.

Step 5: Exporting Options

  1. Tap the scanned document within the note to share, save, or edit further.
  2. Use the share icon to export it as a PDF, send via email, or save to files.

Using Third-party Apps to Scan Documents

Several third-party apps offer more advanced features, such as OCR (Optical Character Recognition), better image quality, and cloud integrations. Here are a few to consider:

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 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.

Tips for High-Quality Scans

To make sure your scanned documents are of the best quality, consider the following tips:

  • Lighting: Ensure the document is well-lit. Avoid shadows and reflections.
  • Background: Use a contrasting background to help your iPhone detect the edges of the document easily.
  • Steadiness: Hold your iPhone steady or use a stand to prevent blurry scans.
  • Resolution: Use the highest available resolution for the best clarity.

Organizing Your Scanned Documents

Once you have scanned your documents, efficient organization ensures you can retrieve them easily. Here are some best practices:

  1. Descriptive Naming: Give each scanned document a descriptive name with dates or categories.
  2. Folder Structure: Create folders and subfolders based on document types or projects.
  3. Cloud Storage: Utilize cloud storage solutions like iCloud, Google Drive, or Dropbox for easy access from multiple devices.


Scanning documents on your iPhone is a convenient and efficient way to go paperless. Whether you're using the built-in Notes app or a third-party application, the process is straightforward and accessible. By following this guide, you'll be able to scan, save, and organize your documents effortlessly.

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