How to Scan on iPhone

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Last updated on June 21st, 2020

Apple’s document scanner is hidden inside the Notes app, and because it supports in-app sharing, you can store the newly scanned document anywhere you want. Here’s how to scan on iPhone and iPad. 

How to scan a document on iPhone and iPad

The release of iOS 11 added a new scanning feature to Notes. The document scanner is tucked away in the Notes app on iPhone and iPad. With just a couple of taps, you’ll have a solidly scanned document ready to mark up, covert to PDF, and share with another app.


  1. Create a New Note.

  2. Tap the More button just above the keyboard. It looks like a plus (+) symbol.

  3. Tap Scan Document from the list of options.

  4. Line up the document you want to scan.

  5. If the scanner doesn’t automatically scan, tap the shutter button to manually scan the document.

  6. Repeat the step above for each page you want to scan for a single document.

  7. Tap Save when you’ve scanned all of the pages you want to include with one document.

The scanned pages will populate in a new note in the Notes app.

If you’ve been using an iPhone for a few years, you probably have tried a number of document scanner apps in your lifetime.

If you’re tired of storing extra apps, just for the purposes of scanning a business card, flier, or document every once in a while, you’re free of the multi-app grind.