How To Scan Documents From iPhone

Scanning Documents with Ease Using Your iPhone

In today’s digital age, having the ability to quickly capture and share paper documents is more famous than ever before. Whether you’re a busy professional, a student, or simply someone who likes to stay organized digitally, scanning documents from your iPhone can be a game-changer. In this article, we’ll explore the various methods for scanning documents using your mobile device.

Method 1: Using Apple’s Notes App

One of the simplest and most convenient ways to scan documents is by utilizing Apple’s built-in Notes app. This method works well if you have short-to-moderate length documents that can fit within a single page.

To get started:

  • Open the Notes app on your iPhone
  • Create a new note or open an existing one with some free space
  • Place the document in front of your iPhone, making sure it’s at a slight angle and well-lit. You want to ensure good lighting helps capture clear text.
  • Zoom in slightly using pinch-to-zoom gesture (3D touch for later models) to focus on the document
  • Tap the “Scan Documents” icon located on top left corner of screen next time you launch Notes app.

Apple’s AI technology automatically recognizes and extracts the text from your scan. You can then edit, save, or share your scanned notes as needed.

Method 2: Using Scanner Apps

There are numerous third-party apps available for scanning documents directly using your iPhone. Some popular options include:

  1. Scanbot
    • Free to download with optional in-app purchases ($9.99/year subscription)
    • Offers cloud storage, OCR (optical character recognition), and export options for various file formats
  2. CamScanner
    • Paid app at $4.99 (no ads)



For optimal results, always follow these basic guidelines when using scanning apps:

  • Position your iPhone to capture a clear image of the document
  • Ensure even lighting; avoid harsh shadows or glare.
    Use either an LED lamp or natural light for best effect.
    Aim to position your phone at a 45-degree angle with respect to camera and the paper’s edge.

Method 3: Using Google Drive

Another approach involves uploading images of scanned documents directly to your Google Drive account. This method works well if you don’t have any scanning-specific apps installed on your iPhone yet.

To scan using Google Drive:

  • Open the Photos app or take a new picture within it
  • Position your iPhone at an angle for optimal lighting; you want a clear, focused image of the document.
    Take note that since this is not specifically designed to capture documents, some parts may become distorted

Upload selected images (your scanned documents) from the camera roll directly into Google Drive.

Additional Tips and Tricks

When scanning using your iPhone:

  1. Position matters: Make sure you’re at a slight angle while taking pictures of larger or thicker pages; this helps avoid reflections on shiny surfaces.
  2. Adjust brightness to optimize readability:
  3. Focus, then take picture: Instead of focusing before taking the pic
    4., (on models with 12MP+ cameras)

* Multi-page scanning: If you’re scanning a long document containing multiple pages,
1 . For single-paged documents like receipts or ID cards.


In this article, we’ve explored three distinct methods for scanning documents from your iPhone: using Apple’s Notes app, Scanner apps like Scanbot and CamScanner, and uploading images directly to Google Drive. Whether you’re looking to digitize personal papers or professional materials,

By following these guidelines and adapting the approaches mentoined here to suit your needs

Remember that some scans may require further editing before being truly legible; it is essential for usability purposes.
In the next step of this guide, we’ll delve into best practices for organizing scanned documents within popular note-taking apps and cloud storage services.