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How to Scan Documents with Files App on iPhone and iPad

How to Scan Documents with Files App in iOS 13 on iPhone and iPad

Scanning documents and saving them to PDF wasn’t that easier back when users had iOS 10 on their iPhone and iPad. Then came the document scanning feature in Notes App in iOS 11 update and to be honest, it was a lengthy process overall. And here comes the iOS 13 update which changed the way of scanning a document with Files App. 

Yes, you heard that right! You do not need to use Notes App to scan your documents and save them as PDF on your iPhone running on iOS 13. Instead, the new feature which is in the Files App itself does the job for you! So today, I am going to show you how to scan a document with Files App in iOS 13 on your iPhone or iPad. 

How to Scan Documents Directly to Files App on iPhone or iPad

In a busy life, you often misplace your documents and sometimes you even forget them to carry when you need the most. To ensure all your documents are stored on your iPhone as a PDF file, follow the below procedure. Here we go!

Step #1. Open Files app on your iPhone and tap on Browse option from the bottom of your screen if you’re on Recents section.

Open Files App and Tab on Browse tab on iPhone running iOS 13

Step #2. Now tap on ellipsis icon (•••) from the top right corner. From the pop-up, tap on Scan Documents option. 

Tap on ellipsis icon and Select Scan Documents in iOS 13 Files App

Step #3. On the top bar, you can find the flash option and the certain filters beside the flash icon. You can choose the one which suits the lighting conditions or just let it be on the Auto mode and leave the rest to the camera. 

You can choose Flash or Filter according to Document you wish to Scan in iOS 13 Files App

Step #4. Place the required documents under the camera and capture it. Alter the borderline by adjusting the box so that it fits the document in perfect shape! Once done, tap on Keep Scan from the bottom of the screen and tap on Save followed by the folder in which you want to save. 

Scan a Document with iOS 13 Files App on iPhone

If you want to edit the current screenshot instead of directly saving it, then proceed to the next step. 

Step #5. Tap on thumbnail of the screenshot taken from the bottom left of the screen.

Tap on Thumbnail of the screenshot in iOS 13 Files App

Step #6. You’ll now find options to drag the corners, apply certain filters & rotate the document at the bottom of the screen. Apply the required changes as per your needs and tap on Done → Tap on Done again. Now tap on Save from the bottom of the screen on right to the desired folder.

Crop your Scan Document in iOS 13 Files AppSave Scan Document in iOS 13 Files App

That’s it! You’ve now successfully scanned the document using Files App along with necessary edits. 

Pro Tip: Open the folder where you had saved the file, long press on that particular file and tap on Info. You’ll see that the file is automatically saved as PDF without any additional process. By doing a long press on the file, you can also use markup to add a signature to the document if required. Moreover, you can also move or copy the file to another folder and also rename the file if required by using the same long press option. 

Summing Up…

I hope this changes the way you scan documents on your iPhone. Forget notes and get your hands on the new Files App to save your documents as PDF within a fraction of seconds! 

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I am sure you would want to scan documents at your fingertips using this feature of Files App on your iPhone. Did you try this feature on your iPhone yet? Do share your experience with us in the comment section.

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