How to scan on an iPhone

The inclusion of document scanning to iPhones in iOS 11 was much appreciated. Before iOS 11, you used your iPhone’s camera to capture images of important documents to keep them secure. You may have used your iPhone to snap shots of antique photographs.

These photographic “scans” would, of course, be of poor quality. If you cropped the picture to make it seem better, you might have to sacrifice some edges, creating a trapezoid form.

If you want to keep a digital archive of your documents on your phone, you’ll need to create an album in the Photos app to store your “scanned” copies. You might also make a note of them elsewhere for future use.

Let’s quickly examine how simple it is to scan documents on an iPhone with nothing more than the Notes app and the camera on your iPhone. 

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Document and image scanning on iPhone

You’ll need a scanner, some paper work, and an iPhone running iOS 11 or later to learn how to scan photos on iPhone.

  • Launch a new Note by clicking the Notes icon.

The Notes app is already installed on your iOS device; to access it, hit the New Note button.

  • Start the scanning program.

A virtual keyboard will appear on the screen once you complete Step 1 to begin writing your new note. Once it appears, press the camera icon in the upper right corner of the screen and choose “Scan Documents.” Instead of creating a new note, you may attach a scanned document to an existing one by accessing the note in question and clicking the camera symbol in the note’s footer. After that, you’ll want to repeat the process by clicking the camera icon and selecting “Scan Documents.”

  • Begin the scanning process.

When you click “Scan Documents,” the program will immediately begin scanning the area for paper. If it detects what it believes is a document, it will snap a photo and add it to the “stack” of scanned pages in your note (with a shutter sound if your iPhone isn’t in silent mode).

The Notes app can straighten out even slightly crooked photos and videos using digital processing. The final product is typically quite pleasing. However, it may be distorted if the paper includes complex photographs. The best outcomes will be achieved if the paper is flat and parallel to the iPhone.

If you’d rather not have the app automatically scan documents for you, you may tap the “Auto” option to switch to “Manual” mode. In this setting, scanning will be disabled except when pressing the shutter button. In “Manual” mode, the bounding box may be modified post-scan to suit the edges of the original page perfectly.

This feature is helpful when the “Auto” mode cannot detect the page borders or you need to scan a tiny portion of a larger document. When the selection box is where you want it, click the red “Keep Scan” button to save the scan.

  • Scan and store your documents in your note.

If everything checks out and you’ve scanned any relevant materials you wish to add in this message, click the “Save” button. The button’s inside may have a numerical value enclosed in parentheses. The current version of your message has this many separate pictures (scanned pages). A single note will be created if you click the “Save” button.

  • Name your notes.

As soon as you click “Save,” the red box where you may give your note a title will appear. When you find a name you like, click the “Done” button in the top right to commit your selection. If you skip this step, Notes will use information from the text to suggest a name for the note.

  • Just scan, touch it up, and send it on.

Once you have copied the necessary pages from a document, you may make edits in a number of different methods. Images may be altered in many ways, including size, orientation, and color. When you’re done scanning, just email it to the desired person by clicking the iOS share button.


It is essential to photograph the document in an environment free of shadows and brightness to learn how to scan on iPhone 13. Place the paper in the middle of the iPhone’s screen and make sure there are no distractions in the backdrop. Taking a sharp, in-focus photo with your iPhone requires more than just tapping the shutter button.

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