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How to Scan on iPhone 12: A Comprehensive Guide

Scanning documents using your iPhone has never been easier, thanks to the powerful built-in features of the iPhone 12. Whether you're a student, professional, or simply looking to digitize your important documents, this guide will walk you through the step-by-step process of scanning on your iPhone 12.

Why Scan Documents on iPhone 12?

1. Convenience:

Having a scanner in your pocket means you can digitize documents anytime, anywhere without needing bulky equipment.

2. Quality:

The iPhone 12 camera offers high resolution and advanced image processing, ensuring your scans are clear and readable.

3. Organize and Store:

Scanned documents can be easily stored and organized within the Files app or other cloud services like iCloud, Google Drive, or Dropbox.


Before you begin scanning, make sure you have the following:

  • An iPhone 12 with iOS 14 or later.
  • The Apple Notes app or other third-party scanning apps installed.

How to Scan Documents Using Apple Notes

The built-in Notes app on the iPhone 12 provides an easy and reliable way to scan documents. Follow these steps to get started:

Step 1: Open the Notes App

  1. Launch the Notes app on your iPhone 12.
  2. Create a New Note by tapping the New Note button (a pencil in a square) located at the bottom right of the screen.

Step 2: Access the Document Scanning Feature

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

Step 3: Capture the Document

  1. Position your iPhone over the document you wish to scan. The app will automatically detect the edges and frame the document.
  2. Hold your iPhone steady and tap the Shutter button. The app will automatically capture the scanned image when it detects that the document is appropriately framed.
  3. If the app doesn't automatically capture the scan, you can manually adjust the corners by dragging the corners of the frame and tapping Keep Scan.

Step 4: Review and Save Your Scans

  1. After scanning, you'll see a preview of the scanned document. Tap Save if you're satisfied with the result, or Retake if you want to capture the scan again.
  2. Once saved, the scanned document will appear in your note. Tap Done in the top right to save the note.

Advanced Scanning Options

Editing Your Scanned Document

  • Crop: Adjust the edges of your scan to remove any unwanted areas.
  • Filters: Apply different filters to your scanned document such as Color, Black & White, or Grayscale.

Organizing Scanned Documents

  • Title: Give your note a meaningful title to easily find it later.
  • Folders: Store your scanned notes in relevant folders within the Notes app.

Third-Party Scanning Apps

Although the Notes app provides robust scanning features, there are several third-party apps that offer advanced functionality:

  • Adobe Scan: Known for its excellent OCR (Optical Character Recognition) capabilities, allowing you to search text within your scanned documents.
  • CamScanner: Offers features like auto-enhancement and cloud backup.
  • Microsoft Office Lens: Integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Office suite, ideal for professionals who work with Microsoft products.

Scanning with Adobe Scan

  1. Download and open the Adobe Scan app.
  2. Sign in with your Adobe account or create one.
  3. Tap the camera icon to initiate the scan.
  4. Position your iPhone over the document, allowing the app to detect the edges and capture the scan automatically.
  5. Review and Edit your scan.
  6. Save the document as a PDF or JPEG and export it to your desired location.

Best Practices for Scanning on iPhone 12

  • Good Lighting: Ensure the environment is well-lit to avoid shadows and enhance scan quality.
  • Flat Surface: Place documents on a flat surface to prevent distortions.
  • Steady Hand: Hold your iPhone steady or use a stand to minimize movement.
  • Edge Detection: Allow the scanning app to auto-detect the edges for the best frame alignment.


Scanning documents with your iPhone 12 is simple, efficient, and produces high-quality digital copies. Utilizing the built-in scanning feature in the Notes app or third-party apps like Adobe Scan can streamline your workflow and ensure that your important documents are always just a tap away. With this guide, you're now equipped to scan documents like a pro.

By following these steps and best practices, you can confidently scan, organize, and store your documents right from your iPhone 12, making document management more accessible than ever before.

Don't forget to share this guide with others who might find it helpful and drop a comment below if you have any questions or additional tips!

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