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How to Scan on iPhone

iPhone users have a built-in solution with the native Notes app, which includes a powerful and easy-to-use document scanning feature. Whether you need to scan receipts, business cards, or important documents, this guide will walk you through everything you need to know about How to Scan on iPhone.

Why Scan Documents on Your iPhone?

Before diving into the step-by-step guide, let's explore some of the benefits of using your iPhone for scanning:

  1. Convenience: Your iPhone is always with you, making it the most convenient tool for scanning documents on the go.
  2. Quality: The advanced cameras in iPhones ensure high-quality scans that are clear and legible.
  3. Organization: Scanning documents digitally helps in keeping your files organized and easily accessible.
  4. Sharing: Scanned documents can be quickly shared via email, cloud services, or messaging apps.

    Steps to Scan Documents Using the Notes App

The Notes app on your iPhone allows you to scan documents effortlessly. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Open the Notes App

  1. Locate and open the Notes app on your iPhone.
  2. Create a new note by tapping the compose icon (a pencil on a pad) in the bottom-right corner.

Step 2: Start the Scanning Process

  1. Tap the camera icon located above the keyboard.
  2. Select "Scan Documents" from the menu that appears.

Step 3: Capture the Document

  1. Position your iPhone's camera over the document you want to scan. The Notes app will automatically detect the edges and capture the scan.
  2. If the app doesn't automatically capture the document, you can manually take the photo by tapping the shutter button.

Step 4: Adjust the Scan

  1. Once the scan is captured, you can adjust the corners if necessary by dragging the edges to fit the document properly.
  2. Tap "Keep Scan" to save the current scan.
  3. Repeat the process for multi-page documents. When done, tap "Save".

Step 5: Edit and Save the Scan

  1. You now have the option to edit the scanned document. You can add filters, crop, rotate, or delete pages.
  2. Once satisfied with the scans, save the document within the note.

Sharing and Exporting Your Scanned Document

Step 1: Open the Scanned Document

  1. Locate the note containing the scanned document in your Notes app.
  2. Tap on the scanned document to open it.

Step 2: Choose a Sharing Option

  1. Tap the share icon (a square with an upward arrow) to open the share menu.
  2. Choose from various options such as Mail, Messages, Save to Files, or other compatible apps.

Using Third-Party Software for Scanning

While the Notes app provides a convenient built-in solution, there are several third-party apps available that offer advanced features for scanning documents. One such app is the Slik Scan tool. Here are some benefits and steps to use it:

  • Advanced Features: Slik Scan offers features like OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to convert scanned images into editable text, batch scanning for multiple documents, and cloud integration for easy access and sharing.
  • User-Friendly Interface: The app is designed with a simple and intuitive interface, making it easy for users of all levels to scan documents efficiently.
  • High-Quality Scans: Slik Scan utilizes advanced algorithms to enhance the quality of scanned documents, ensuring clear and professional results.
  • Security: The app provides secure storage options, allowing you to save your scans in encrypted formats or directly upload them to secure cloud services.

Steps to Use Slik Scan Tool

  1. Download and Install: Download the Slik Scan tool from the App Store and install it on your iPhone.
  2. Open the App: Launch the Slik Scan tool and grant the necessary permissions for camera and storage access.
  3. Start Scanning: Tap the camera icon within the app and position your iPhone's camera over the document you want to scan.
  4. Capture and Adjust: The app will automatically detect the edges and capture the scan. You can manually adjust the corners if needed.
  5. Save and Share: Once the scan is captured, you can save it in your preferred format (PDF, JPEG, etc.) and share it via email, cloud services, or other apps directly from within the Slik Scan tool.

Additional Tips for Scanning on iPhone

  • Lighting: Ensure good lighting to capture clear scans. Natural light is ideal, but a well-lit room works too.
  • Background: Use a contrasting background to help the camera detect document edges more accurately.
  • Stability: Keep your hand steady while scanning to avoid blurry images.

Best Practices for Managing Scanned Documents

  1. Categorize: Create specific folders within the Notes app or other file management apps to keep your scans organized.
  2. Naming: Use descriptive titles for your scanned documents to make them easily searchable.
  3. Backup: Regularly backup your scanned documents to cloud services like iCloud, Dropbox, or Google Drive to secure your data.


Scanning documents with your iPhone is a straightforward process that can greatly enhance your productivity and organization. With the built-in Notes app or Slik Scan tool, you can quickly scan, edit, and share documents without needing any third-party software. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you'll be able to effectively scan any document with ease. Start scanning today and experience the convenience and efficiency that your iPhone offers.

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