How to Scan Documents with the iPhone’s Notes App

Do you want to scan a document or want to convert an important paper into a digital file from your iPhone or iPad? Well, earlier iPhone would let users scan documents using third-party apps. Apple has been improvising on its feature constantly and it now allows to scan documents within iPhone using built-in Notes app. The document scanner is present inside the Note app and you can easily scan the documents at your fingertips. It has inbuilt tools to add the markup, convert a file to PDF and share the documents with others. Read on to know how to scan documents with iPhone or iPad using the native Notes app.

How to Scan a document on iPhone using the Notes app

With the help of the Notes app, you can easily scan documents within the iPhone. Follow the below steps to scan documents on the iPhone. 

Scan a document using the Notes app

  • On your iPhone or iPad, open Notes app.
  • Tap on existing notes or create a new note. Then line up the pages you want to scan. 
  • Now tap the camera icon at the bottom of your note.
Scan a document using the Notes app
  • In the pop-menu that appears, tap Scan Documents.
  • Place your iPhone camera on the document and position the document in view to scan.
  • Tap the shutter button. You can also scan the document using auto-capture or simply press the volume buttons to capture. 
  • During the scan, the app highlights your document in yellow. You can adjust the corners of the scanned document to fit the page or use only a section of the page by dragging the corners.
  • Now Tap Keep Scan button.
  • You can keep scanning more pages to your documents and Tap Save. once you are done.  
  • All your scanned pages will appear in a new note in the app. 

Edit the scanned documents 

The Notes app has a built-in tool that lets you markup your scanned documents within the app. The tool helps you to highlight an important section, cut out unwanted sections, add filters and even move the sections. With the help of this tool, you can add the textbox, use arrows as well as shapes to make it more interactive. Most importantly,  you can add signature within the app. Here is how to use the markup tools in the Notes app.

  • After you have scanned and saved the document on your notes app, tap the saved document for which you want to add markup. 
  • Tap the share icon at the upper right corner of the screen.
  • Tap Markup from the menu.
  • Tap on the tools which you want to add to your document. 
  • If you want to change the colour of the tool, tap on the colour picker and choose the colour from the wide range of options.
  • Tap the plus icon to add more advanced options like Text, signature and Magnifier to your document.
  • Tap Done in the upper corner of the screen when you are finished adding markups to your documents. 
  • Tap Done once again to return back to your notes. 

Save your scanned documents as PDF 

Using the Notes app, you can automatically convert your scanned documents to PDF. For that, you need to first choose the app where you want to save the document as PDF. Here is how to do it.  

  • After you have scanned and saved the document on your Notes app, tap the saved document which you want to convert to PDF.
  • Tap the share icon at the upper right corner of the screen.
  • Now select Save to Files
  • choose the app where you want to save your scanned document.
  • Once done, go to that app to access the PDF file.

Share your scanned document

You can easily share your scanned documents to other apps and use it across all your iPhone devices. Here is how to do it. 

  • After you have scanned and saved the document on your notes app, tap the saved document which you want to share.
  • Now tap the share icon at the upper corner of the screen.
  • Choose the app where you want to share the document. 

Delete the scanned document 

The Notes app allows you to remove specific scanned pages from your scanned document. If at any time you want to remove a specific page, you can simply select the pages from your scanned document to delete. Here is how to do it. 

  • On your Notes app, tap the document which you want to remove.
  • Tap the trash bin icon at the lower corner of the page.
  • Tap Delete scan to remove the document.

That’s all

For more tips check out – How to View a Saved Password in Safari on iPhone and iPad!

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