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How to scan documents on iPhone with Notes and Files app

Need to store important information on your phone? One of the easiest ways to keep track of your rental agreement, bills, and doctor’s notes is to scan the document on your iPhone or iPad.

The process is pretty simple and can be done through a few different apps. Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to scan documents on an iPhone or iPad running iOS 17 or iOS 18.

How to scan a document on iPhone using Notes

  1. Launch Notes and tap the compose icon.
  2. Tap the Attachment icon and select Scan Documents. In iOS 17, tap the Camera icon and select Scan Documents.
    Select Scan Documents in Notes app on iPhone
  3. Make sure to get the entire document in the frame. There are a few tools that can help you out:
    • Lightning icon – This toggles the flash between, Auto, on or off.
    • Filters (three interlocking circles) – This lets you select between Color, Greyscale, Black & White, and Photo filters.
    • Focus – Tap Auto or Manual to switch between the two.
  4. Next, tap the Shutter button.
    Tap Shutter button to scan document in Notes app on iPhone
  5. Here, you can do the following:
    • Adjust edges – For cropping out parts of the scan
    • Retake – If you need to take another shot.
    • Keep Scan – Tap this when you’re happy with the scan.
  6. If you have more than one page, move on to the next one and tap the Shutter button to scan it.
  7. Once done, tap Save.
    Adjust scanned document then Save to Notes app on iPhone

Notes will now save a PDF of the document you scanned. You can tap the document for a full-screen view. At this point, you can:

And you’re all set. That’s how you can scan documents using the Notes app on your iPhone or iPad.

If you’d rather use the Files app, read the next section.

How to scan a document on iPhone using the Files app

The Files app lets you scan documents on your iPhone or iPad and makes the doc easily accessible even in third-party apps like WhatsApp, email, etc. The process is pretty similar to using the Notes app. Here’s what to do.

  1. Open the Files app and tap Browse.
  2. Now, decide where you wish to save your scanned docs.
  3. You can select On My iPhone, iCloud Drive, etc. You can also create a new folder or select an existing one.
  4. Tap the more icon (three dots inside a circle) at the top right.
  5. Choose Scan Documents.
    Select scan documents from files app on iphone
  6. Hold your iPhone steady over a document and tap the shutter button.
    At the top, you can choose to enable flash, set color filters, and enable an auto shutter that automatically clicks the picture when it detects a document.
  7. Drag near the corners to adjust the cropping and tap Done once satisfied.
  8. Once done, tap Save.
    Drag the corners to adjust scanned documents in files app on iphone
  9. Optional: Tap the shutter button to scan more documents.
  10. The digital copy of the document is now saved in the Files app.

That’s all there is to it. Now you know how to scan and save documents using the Files app—we also have a guide on using the Files app on your iPhone or iPad like a pro if you’re looking for more useful tips and tricks.

Signing off…

Whether you use Notes or Files, scanning a document with your iPhone or iPad is as easy as tapping “scan document,” hovering your camera over the physical paper, and snapping a photo.
With your newly scanned document saved as a PDF, you can sign it, annotate it, and share it with others right from your iOS device.

Do you have any other Apple-related questions? Let us know in the comments below, and we’ll do our best to help you out!

What is the best free app for iPhone to scan documents?

Our reviews team prefers the Scanner App. Check out our list of the best document scanner apps for iPhone for more information.

Can I scan multiple pages into a single document?

Yes. Whether you use the Files or Notes app, you will have the option to scan additional pages into a single document.

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    Marcus Mears III is a lifelong technology enthusiast with half a decade of experience developing prose that keeps readers in the know. With hundreds of reviews, buying guides, and how-to explainers across a number of tech and lifestyle publications like How-To Geek, MakeUseOf, and iGeeksBlog, Mears’ work helps readers around the globe learn to make the most of their devices and software. He uses a 2016 MacBook Pro as his daily driver laptop and a self-built Windows PC for gaming and productivity.

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