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How to Scan with iPhone: A Complete Guide

Whether you need to digitize receipts, save important documents, or share printed material quickly, your iPhone offers powerful and convenient scanning capabilities directly from the built-in apps. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to scan with your iPhone.

Table of Contents

  1. Why Scan Documents with iPhone
  2. Using the Notes App
  3. Using Third-Party Apps
  4. Tips for High-Quality Scans
  5. Managing Your Scanned Documents
  6. Troubleshooting Common Issues
  7. Conclusion

Why Scan Documents with iPhone

  • Convenience: Scan anytime, anywhere without needing bulky scanners.
  • Quality: Advanced iPhone cameras provide high-quality scans.
  • Integration: Easily save and share scans via email, cloud storage, or message.

Using the Notes App

Apple’s built-in Notes app offers a robust and straightforward scanning feature. Here’s how to use it:

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Open the Notes App:

    • Navigate to the Notes app on your iPhone.
  2. Create a New Note:

    • Tap the "Create" button to start a new note.
  3. Access Scanning Feature:

    • Tap the camera icon located above the keyboard.
    • Select "Scan Documents" from the menu.
  4. Capture the Document:

    • Align the document within the viewfinder of your iPhone camera.
    • The app will automatically detect and scan the document. If it doesn't, tap the shutter button.
  5. Adjust the Scan:

    • Drag the corners to adjust the scan if necessary.
    • Tap "Keep Scan" to save it.
  6. Save or Share:

    • Tap "Save" when you’re finished scanning all pages.
    • You can then save the note, print, or share the scan via email, cloud services, or messages.

Using Third-Party Apps

Beyond the Notes app, there are numerous third-party apps offering advanced features for scanning documents.

  1. CamScanner:

    • Offers automatic cropping, OCR (Optical Character Recognition), and cloud integration.
  2. Adobe Scan:

    • Converts scanned documents to PDF and integrates with Adobe Acrobat.
  3. Slik Scan:

    • Offers background removal, direct sharing to Whatsapp, email from in built tool, free to use and no watermark.
  4. Microsoft Office Lens:

    • Ideal for scanning documents and whiteboards, integrates with Microsoft Office.

Tips for High-Quality Scans

  • Lighting: Ensure the document is well-lit to avoid shadows.
  • Background: Place the document on a contrasting background.
  • Steadiness: Hold your iPhone steady or use a stand to avoid blurriness.
  • Orientation: Align the document properly for easy cropping and adjustment.

Managing Your Scanned Documents

  • Organize: Name your scans clearly and organize them in folders (e.g., receipts, contracts).
  • Backup: Use cloud services like iCloud, Google Drive, or Dropbox for backup.
  • Edit: Use editing tools in Notes or third-party apps to enhance and annotate your scans.

    Troubleshooting Common Issues

  • Blurry Scans: Ensure steady hands or use a stand. Clean the camera lens.
  • Pages Cropped Incorrectly: Manually adjust the crop markers after scanning.
  • Documents Not Recognized: Improve lighting and ensure the document contrasts with the background.


The iPhone offers a powerful and convenient way to scan documents quickly. Whether using the built-in Notes app or advanced third-party applications, you can effortlessly digitize and manage your documents with high quality. By following the step-by-step guides and best practices outlined in this article, you’ll ensure your scans are of the highest standard, making document management simpler and more efficient.

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