How to Scan With iPhone

Joel Mason

iPhone, Tutorials

Welcome to this tutorial on how to scan with your iPhone! Scanning documents has become incredibly convenient with the advancements in smartphone technology. In this article, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of scanning documents using your iPhone’s built-in camera.

Step 1: Open the Notes App

To begin, locate and open the Notes app on your iPhone. The Notes app comes pre-installed on all iPhones and is a versatile tool for various tasks, including scanning documents.

Step 2: Create a New Note

Once you have opened the Notes app, tap on the ‘+’ button located at the bottom center of the screen to create a new note. Alternatively, you can open an existing note if you prefer to add the scanned document to an existing one.

Step 3: Tap on the Camera Icon

With the new note open, tap on the camera icon located above the keyboard. This will open up a menu with different options for adding content to your note.

Step 3.1: Scan Documents

Select “Scan Documents” from the menu options. This will activate your iPhone’s camera and allow you to capture images of your document.

Step 4: Align and Capture

Position your iPhone’s camera over the document you want to scan. Make sure that all corners of the document are visible within the camera frame. The Notes app uses built-in technology to automatically detect edges and enhance scans for optimal clarity.

TIP: It is recommended to place your document on a flat surface with good lighting conditions for best results.

Note: You can also manually adjust the corners by dragging them if needed.

Step 5: Capture Multiple Pages (Optional)

If your document has multiple pages, you can continue capturing additional pages by tapping on the ‘+’ button that appears after each capture. This allows you to create a multi-page document within the same note.

Step 6: Save and Edit

Once you have captured all the necessary pages, tap on “Save” to finalize your scan. The scanned document will be saved as a new attachment within your note.

Note: You can also add annotations or make edits to your scanned document by tapping on it within the note.

Step 7: Share or Store

After saving and editing, you have various options for sharing or storing your scanned document. You can share it via email, message, or other apps by tapping on the share icon within the Notes app. Alternatively, you can store it in a cloud service like iCloud, Google Drive, or Dropbox for easy access across devices.


You have successfully learned how to scan documents with your iPhone using the built-in camera and the Notes app. Scanning documents has never been easier!

TIP: Remember to check the quality of your scan before discarding the original document.

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Now you can confidently scan documents with your iPhone and utilize this valuable feature to simplify your life. Happy scanning!

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