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How to Scan on iPhone 13: A Comprehensive Guide

The iPhone 13 is equipped with powerful features that allow users to seamlessly perform various tasks, including document scanning. With the necessity of going paperless and managing documents digitally, knowing how to scan documents using your iPhone can be incredibly useful. In this detailed guide, we'll walk you through the steps to scan documents on your iPhone 13 efficiently.

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Why Scan Documents on iPhone 13?

The iPhone 13 offers several advantages when it comes to scanning documents:

  • High-Quality Scans: With advanced camera technology, you can capture high-resolution scans.
  • Convenience: Carrying around a traditional scanner is unnecessary when you have a powerful scanner in your pocket.
  • Efficiency: Quickly scan, save, and share documents without the need for additional hardware.

Using the Notes App to Scan Documents

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Open the Notes App: Launch the Notes app on your iPhone 13. You can find this app on your home screen or by using Spotlight Search.

  2. Create a New Note: Tap the Create a New Note icon, usually represented by a pencil and notepad icon.

  3. Access the Scanning Feature:

    • Tap the Camera icon located at the bottom of the screen.
    • Choose Scan Documents from the menu that appears.
  4. Position the Document: Place your document on a flat surface with good lighting. Hold your iPhone 13 steady above the document.

  5. Capture the Scan: The Notes app will automatically detect the edges of the document and capture the scan. You can also manually tap the shutter button to capture the scan.

  6. Adjust the Edges: If necessary, drag the corners to adjust the scan to fit the document edges accurately and tap Keep Scan.

  7. Review and Save: After scanning, you can review the scan by tapping Save. This will store your scanned document in the current note.

Adjusting Scanned Documents

Enhancing and Editing

Once you've captured your scan, you might want to make some adjustments:

  1. Review the Scan: Tap the scanned document within your note to open it.
  2. Edit Options: Use the available tools to enhance your scan:
    • Filters: Apply filters like grayscale, black & white, or photo.
    • Crop: Adjust the edges and corners of the scan if necessary.
    • Rotate: Use the rotate tool to ensure the document is correctly oriented.
  3. Save Changes: Tap Done to save the adjustments.

Saving and Sharing Scanned Documents

You can save and share your scanned documents directly from the Notes app:

  1. Exporting the Scan: Open the scanned document and tap the Share icon (a box with an upward arrow).
  2. Save Options: Choose where you want to save or share the scan:
    • Save to Files: Save the scan to your iPhone's Files app.
    • Send via Email: Attach the scan to an email and send it.
    • Share to Apps: Share the scan to other apps like Messages, AirDrop, or cloud storage services like Dropbox and Google Drive.

Additional Tips for Scanning on iPhone 13

  • Lighting: Ensure good lighting conditions to avoid shadows and enhance scan quality.
  • Stable Surface: Place the document on a flat, stable surface.
  • Avoid Glare: Position the document to minimize glare from lights or windows.
  • Clean Lens: Keep your iPhone camera lens clean for clear scans.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

What to Do When Scans Are Blurry or Crooked

  1. Blurry Scans: Ensure proper lighting and hold your iPhone steady while scanning.
  2. Crooked Scans: Manually adjust the edges after capturing the scan.
  3. Missing Parts: Make sure the entire document is within the frame and edges are detected correctly.


Scanning documents on your iPhone 13 is a quick and convenient way to go paperless and manage documents digitally. By following this guide, you can easily scan, adjust, save, and share documents right from your iPhone. Leverage this powerful feature to enhance your productivity and streamline your document management.

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