How to Scan a Paper on iPhone

Alicia Santos

iPhone, Tutorials

Scanning a Paper on iPhone

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you need to scan a paper document, but don’t have access to a scanner? Fret not!

With the advancements in technology, you can now easily scan documents using your iPhone. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of scanning a paper document on your iPhone, step by step.

Step 1: Find the Notes App

The first step is to locate the Notes app on your iPhone. You can do this by swiping right on your home screen and using the search bar at the top. Once you find it, tap on the Notes app icon to open it.

Step 2: Create a New Note

After opening the Notes app, tap on the “+” button at the bottom center of the screen to create a new note. This will open a blank note where you can start scanning your paper document.

Step 3: Access the Document Scanner

To access the document scanner feature, tap on the camera icon above your keyboard. A menu will appear with various options; select “Scan Documents” from the list. This will activate your iPhone’s camera for scanning.

Step 4: Position and Capture

Now that you have activated the document scanner, position your iPhone’s camera over the paper document you want to scan. Make sure that all edges of the document are visible within the camera frame.

Once properly positioned, tap on the white circular button at the bottom center of your screen to capture an image of the paper document. You can also use volume buttons as an alternative way to capture.

Tips for Better Scans:

  • Lighting: Ensure that you have adequate lighting to avoid shadows and improve the quality of your scan.
  • Steady Hand: Keep your hand steady while capturing the image to prevent blurring.
  • Clean Surface: Place the document on a clean, flat surface for a clear scan.

Step 5: Adjust and Crop

After capturing the image, you’ll be taken to a preview screen. Here, you can adjust the corners of the document by dragging them if necessary. Ensure that all edges of the document are aligned properly within the frame.

To crop out any unwanted parts of the scanned document, drag the blue handles that appear around the edges. This will help you focus on the relevant content and make it easier to read.

Step 6: Save or Share Your Scan

Once you are satisfied with your scan and have made any necessary adjustments, tap on “Save” or “Done” at the top right corner of your screen. You can now save your scanned document as a note or share it with others via various platforms like email, messaging apps, or cloud storage services.


The Notes app also allows you to sign documents using Apple Pencil or your finger if needed. Simply tap on “Markup” after capturing an image and select “Signature” from the toolbar at the bottom of your screen.

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to scan a paper document using your iPhone. Now you can easily digitize important papers and store them digitally for convenience and easy access.

Remember to keep experimenting with different scanning techniques to get optimal results. Happy scanning!

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