How to Turn Your iPhone into a Document Scanner

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Have you ever been in an administrative jam and found yourself in desperate need of a scanner? I mean, let’s be honest; it’s not 2003 anymore. Most people don’t have scanners just lying around in their living rooms. But while these machines may not be as widely accessible as they used to be, they’re still a really important administrative tool– and chances are, eventually you’re going to need one. 

Until recently, gaining access to a scanner meant having to drive down to your local office supply store or printing shop and paying – yes, paying – them to use their dinosaur of a machine.

Thankfully, those nightmare days are over. The wonderful people at Apple found a way to actually put a scanner right inside your iPhone! This new feature came out relatively quietly with the recent iOS 11 software update. Many people still don’t know that they have this very useful tool right in the palm of their hand; which is why our team set out to understand this new feature and how to use it! If you would like to know how to scan a document with your iPhone or iPad, just follow our instructions below.


How to use the new iOS document scan feature:


1. Open “Notes” on your iPhone or iPad

Once you have opened Apple’s Notes application, select create a “New Note” at the bottom right of your screen.


2. Access the iOS Scan Feature

Press the Camera or “+” button. Once this is selected a menu will appear – select “Scan Documents.”


3. Capture Your Document

Place the document you would like to scan on a flat, well-lit surface. Then, point your iPhone or iPad’s camera at the document and take a photo. (You don’t have to fill the entire screen with the document- we’ll be cropping it in the next step.)


4. Crop Your Image

To crop your image to the correct size, simply drag each corner point that appears to the edges of your document.


5. Finalize Your Scan

When you’re happy with your document, select “Keep Scan.” From here, you can either continue scanning more documents, or select “Save” if you’re done for now. 

*If you’d like to adjust the color or your scan, select the overlapping circles icon at the top of your screen.*


6. Sharing Your Document

Once you’re ready, select the “Share” button located at the top right of your screen and choose which platform you’d like to transfer this scan to. This is also where you can turn your scan into a PDF file or even print your document.


It’s as simple as that! Now that you know how to use your iPhone or iPad to scan documents, there’s no longer any need to worry about finding a scanner. And there’s no need to pay for third-party applications that don’t have the credibility of Apple’s built in services, either. Happy scanning! We hope that this article helped you learn a little more about some of the amazing features your iPhone has to offer. And if you’d like to learn even more, try checking out our article on 7 hidden iPhone features we bet you aren’t using yet.

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