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How to Scan Documents Using iPhone & iPad Notes App

By Novak Bozovic / September 4, 2020

The latest version of iOS is full of exciting surprises. We're talking about somewhat hidden features that can be real lifesavers at times. For example, did you know that you can scan documents using the Notes app on your iOS?

This feature is very convenient, works quickly, and produces amazingly polished results. Of course, it can't replace high-end scanning solutions but should meet some of the home demanding users' needs.

With that said, here's how to scan documents on your iPhone and iPad using the Notes app:

1. Launch the Notes app on your iOS device.

2. Open any existing note or create a new one.

Notes App on iOS Interface

3. Now, tap on the camera icon at the bottom of the screen.

4. A couple of options will now appear on the screen. Select 'Scan Documents.'

Scanning a Document via Notes App on iPhone

5. Place a document in the camera's view. Your iPhone will automatically take a photo, or you can use the shutter button to do it yourself.

6. Once you take the photo, you'll see an option to adjust the corners. Once you're happy with how things look, tap on 'Keep Scan.'

Saving Scanned Documents in Notes App

7. If you need to scan more documents, keep on taking more photos. Once done, tap on 'Save' to import the newly scanned documents into the Notes app.


If you're in a rush to scan something, you can force-press on the Notes app. Then, select 'Scan Document' from the dropdown menu. If you scan a document this way, it will be automatically added to a new note in your Notes app.


You can also use the Files app to scan documents! This is especially handy if you want to upload documents to your iCloud account or share them easily with other devices.

To scan documents using the Files app, make sure to select the 'Browse' tab. Then, tap on the three-dot icon in the top-right corner, and pick 'Scan Documents.'

So, that would be all on how to scan documents using Apple's Notes app. If you have any questions or tips for us, let us know via the comments section below. And of course, don't forget to share this article online. Thanks!

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