How to Scan Pictures on iPhone

Charlotte Daniels

iPhone, Tutorials

Scanning pictures on your iPhone is a convenient way to digitize old photographs, important documents, or memorable snapshots. With the advancements in smartphone camera technology, you can now capture high-quality scans directly from your iPhone. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to scan pictures on your iPhone, using the built-in Notes app.

Step 1: Open the Notes App

To begin, locate the Notes app on your iPhone’s home screen and tap on it to open it. The Notes app comes pre-installed on all iPhones and is represented by an icon resembling a yellow notepad.

Step 2: Create a New Note

Once inside the Notes app, tap on the “New Note” button to create a new note. You can find this button at the bottom right corner of the screen. A blank note will appear, ready for you to add content.

Step 3: Tap on the Camera Button

At the bottom of your newly created note, you will see a row of icons. Tap on the camera button located in this row. The camera button is represented by an icon resembling a camera.

Step 4: Choose “Scan Documents”

After tapping on the camera button, a menu will appear with different options for capturing content. From this menu, select “Scan Documents.” This option is specifically designed for scanning pictures or documents using your iPhone’s camera.

Step 5: Position and Capture

Once you have selected “Scan Documents,” your iPhone’s camera interface will open up. Position your iPhone directly above the picture you want to scan and make sure it fits within the frame shown on your screen.

  • TIP: Ensure that there is adequate lighting to capture a clear and detailed scan.

When you are ready to capture the scan, tap on the shutter button located at the bottom center of the screen. Your iPhone will automatically detect the edges of the picture and capture a scan.

Step 6: Adjust and Crop (Optional)

After capturing the scan, you can make adjustments to improve its quality. Tap on the scanned picture, and a set of editing tools will appear. You can use these tools to adjust brightness, contrast, or even crop out unwanted areas.

Step 7: Save or Share

Once you are satisfied with the scanned picture, tap on “Save” to store it in your Notes app. Alternatively, you can tap on the share icon located at the top-right corner of your screen to share it via email, messaging apps, or save it to other applications.


Scanning pictures on your iPhone has never been easier with the built-in Notes app. By following these simple steps, you can quickly digitize physical pictures and preserve cherished memories in a digital format.

Whether it’s for archiving purposes or sharing with friends and family, scanning pictures on your iPhone is a convenient way to manage your photo collection.

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