How to scan documents on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

by Jake Wyatt

Last updated on 19th October, 2022

Your iPhone has a hidden document scanner. But you don’t know because you probably don’t use the Notes App (a lot). This feature was introduced in 2017 when Apple release iOS 11. This means that any iPhone or iPad with iOS 11 or later can scan documents without a third-party app. To check which iOS version your device is using, go to Settings -> General -> About and look at the number next to “iOS version”. When you urgently need to scan a document, don’t go around looking for a scanner when you have one in hand.

In this article, I’ll show you how to scan documents with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with ease.

1. Open the Notes app on your device. Select an existing note or create a new note.

2. Tap on the camera icon , then Scan Documents.

3. Your iPhone or iPad’s camera will open, hold the device directly above the document you want to scan.

A. Automatic Mode: It will automatically capture the document. You can click on the captured document to preview, you can on the crop icon to readjust the corners. If it’s okay, Tap on Done, if not Tap on Retake to recapture the document.

B. Manual Mode: Tap on the shutter button (exactly the same way you take a picture) to capture the document. You can now make adjustments to the document like defining the corners if it’s not okay for you.

4. If you’re scanning more than one page, place the next document directly under the camera and repeat the above process till you’re done. You may save the document by clicking on Save positioned at the top right corner.

Your scanned document will be saved in PDF format and ready to be shared. You can share via your preferred app (Such as WhatsApp, Mail, Telegram, etc) by tapping on the share icon

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