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How to scan documents on iPhone using the Files app

Besides being a handy file manager, the in-built Files app on iPhone and iPad can scan documents directly and save them on the device or iCloud. This makes it super handy for times you need to have the digital version of a visiting card, rent agreement, doctor’s slip, official papers, and such. In this quick guide, let me show you how to scan documents on your iPhone using the Files app.

How to scan a document directly from the Files app on iPhone

One method that has long existed is using the inbuilt Notes app and scanning the documents straight to it. But I prefer using the Files app because this makes it easily accessible even in third-party apps like WhatsApp, email, etc. Thus, I can scan a document, it gets saved in the Files app on the device or iCloud as a PDF, and I can attach it in any chat app, email, AirDrop, and more.

  1. Open the Files app and tap Browse.
  2. Now, decide where you wish to save your scanned docs.
    You may select On My iPhone, iCloud Drive, etc. Further, you may also create a new folder or select an existing one.
  3. Tap the more icon (three dots inside a circle) at the top right.
  4. Choose Scan Documents.

    Select Scan Documents from Files app on iPhone
  5. Point the iPhone steadily over a physical document and tap the shutter button.
    At the top, you may choose to enable flash, set color filters, and enable an auto shutter that automatically clicks the picture when it detects a document.
  6. Drag near corners to adjust and tap Done once satisfied.

    Drag the corners to adjust scanned documents in files app on iPhone
  7. Once done, tap Save.

    Save the scanned document in files app on iPhone
  8. Optional: Tap the shutter button to scan more documents.
    The digital copy of the document is now saved in the Files app.

If you need more help like moving files, compressing them to make a ZIP file, etc., please see our detailed guide on using the Files app.

This is how you can use the iPhone or iPad Files app to scan and store documents. I hope this brief guide was helpful. If you need something else, have a look at our list of best document scanner apps for iPhone and iPad. One that I particularly love is Microsoft Lens. I used it before switching to the iOS Files app.

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  • Ankur

    I have been an Apple user for over seven years now. At iGeeksBlog, I love creating how-tos and troubleshooting guides that help people do more with their iPhone, iPad, Mac, AirPods, and Apple Watch. In my free time, I like to watch stand up comedy videos, tech documentaries, news debates, and political speeches.

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