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In today’s fast-paced digital world, the ability to quickly and accurately scan text is invaluable. Whether you're a student, professional, or just someone who frequently deals with documents, your iPhone can serve as a powerful tool for scanning text. With built-in features and third-party apps, scanning text with an iPhone is easier and more efficient than ever.

This guide will walk you through how to scan text using different methods on your iPhone, following best practices, and utilizing useful tips and tools to optimize your scanning experience.

Why Scan Text with iPhone?


Having a portable scanner in your pocket at all times offers unparalleled convenience. The iPhone's camera and advanced software make it easy to scan text anywhere, anytime.


Modern iPhone models come equipped with powerful cameras and machine learning capabilities that ensure high accuracy and quality of scanned text.


From saving important documents digitally to converting business cards into contacts, the iPhone provides a wide range of applications for scanned text.

Built-in iPhone Features for Scanning Text

Using the Notes App

The iPhone’s built-in Notes app provides a straightforward way to scan documents. Here’s how:

  1. Open Notes: Launch the Notes app on your iPhone.
  2. Create or Open a Note: Tap to create a new note or open an existing one.
  3. Access the Camera: Tap the camera icon at the bottom and select "Scan Documents."
  4. Scan the Document: Position your iPhone's camera over the text. The app will automatically detect the document and capture it. You can also tap the shutter button if it doesn't capture automatically.
  5. Adjust and Save: Drag the corners to adjust the scan and then save it to the note.

The scanned document can be edited, annotated, or shared directly from the Notes app.

Using Live Text (iOS 15 and Later)

Live Text is a feature introduced in iOS 15 that allows you to interact with text in your photos:

  1. Open the Camera App: Launch the Camera app on your iPhone.
  2. Capture or Select a Photo: Point your camera at the text you want to scan and take a photo, or open an existing photo from your gallery.
  3. Activate Live Text: Tap the Live Text icon in the bottom right corner of the photo. The text will be highlighted and interactive.
  4. Copy or Share Text: You can now copy, share, or look up the highlighted text directly from the photo.

Third-Party Apps for Text Scanning

While built-in features are powerful, third-party apps can offer more advanced functionalities.

Adobe Scan

Adobe Scan is a free app that transforms your iPhone into a powerful scanner. It offers OCR (Optical Character Recognition) capabilities to convert scanned text into editable documents.
  1. Download and Open Adobe Scan: Install Adobe Scan from the App Store and open the app.
  2. Scan the Document: Tap the camera icon to scan a document. The app will automatically detect and capture the document.
  3. Edit and Save: You can crop, rotate, and adjust the scan. Save the document as a PDF or export it to other applications.

Scanner Pro

Scanner Pro by Readdle offers advanced scanning features with a user-friendly interface.
  1. Install Scanner Pro: Download and install Scanner Pro from the App Store.
  2. Start Scanning: Open the app and tap the camera icon to start a new scan.
  3. Adjust and Convert: The app provides options to adjust the scan quality and convert the text into various formats.
  4. Save and Share: Save your scanned text as a PDF or share it directly via email or cloud services.

Best Practices for Scanning Text

Ensure Good Lighting

Proper lighting ensures that the camera captures the text clearly. Natural light is ideal, but if you use artificial light, make sure it’s evenly distributed without casting shadows.

Keep the Document Steady

Hold your iPhone steady or place the document on a flat surface to avoid blurry scans. Using a tripod or document holder can significantly improve scan quality.

Use High Resolution

Ensure that your iPhone’s camera resolution is set to the highest setting for detailed and clear scans.

Check OCR Accuracy

If you’re using OCR, review the converted text for accuracy, especially with complex fonts or handwriting.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

Blurry Scans

If your scans are blurry, ensure:

  • Proper lighting.
  • Your hands are steady.
  • The camera lens is clean.

Incorrect OCR

OCR accuracy can be affected by:

  • Poor lighting.
  • Low-resolution images.
  • Complex or unclear fonts.

    Double-check the scanned text and make manual corrections if necessary.


Scanning text with your iPhone has never been easier or more efficient. By utilizing built-in features like the Notes app and Live Text, or leveraging third-party apps like Adobe Scan and Scanner Pro, you can quickly capture and digitize text for a variety of uses. Follow the best practices and troubleshooting tips to ensure high-quality scans every time.

With these tools and techniques at your disposal, you can streamline your workflow, improve productivity, and reduce the clutter of physical documents. Embrace the power of your iPhone and take advantage of its advanced text-scanning capabilities today.

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