How Do I Scan Documents On An iPhone? Here’s The Fix!

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You want to scan an important document on your iPhone, but you don’t know where to start. In the past, you would’ve had to download a document scanning app, but that’s no longer the case with iOS 11. In this article, I’ll show you how to scan documents on an iPhone using the Notes app!

Make Sure Your iPhone Is Up To Date

The ability to scan documents on an iPhone in the Notes app was rolled out when Apple released iOS 11 in Fall 2017. To check if your iPhone is running iOS 11, open the Settings app and tap General -> About. Look at the number next to Version — if it says 11 or 11.(any digit), then iOS 11 is installed on your iPhone.

check iOS version in settings about

How To Scan Documents On An iPhone In The Notes App

  1. Open the Notes app.
  2. Open a new note by tapping the Create a new note button notes app icon in the lower right-hand corner of the screen.
  3. Tap the plus button located in the center at the top of your iPhone’s keyboard.
    tap plus in notes app
  4. Tap Scan Documents.
    tap scan documents
  5. Position the document in the camera window. Sometimes, a yellow box will appear on the screen to guide you.
  6. Tap the circular button at the bottom of your iPhone’s display.
  7. Drag the corners of the frame to fit the document.
    drag corners to fit scanned document
  8. Tap Keep Scan if you’re happy with the picture, or tap Retake to try again.
  9. Once you’re done scanning documents, tap Save in the lower right-hand corner.

How To Convert The Scanned Document To PDF

A PDF is a type of file that contains an electronic image of text and graphics which appears like a printed document. PDF files are great because you can sign or initial them on your iPhone or other device — it’s like filling out a form or contract without having to print it out!

Once you’ve scanned a document on your iPhone, you can export it as a PDF. To do this, open the note with the scanned document and tap the share button share button in notes app in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Then, tap Markup as PDF.

markup iphone scan as pdf

If you want to write on the document, perhaps to sign or initial it, tap the marker button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen select one of the writing tools at the bottom of the screen. You can use your finger or an Apple Pencil to write on the scanned document.

how to write on scanned iphone document

Where Does My PDF Get Saved To?

When you’re finished, tap Done in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. Tap Save File To… and select where you want to save the file to. You have to option to save the PDF to iCloud Drive or on your iPhone.

where does note scan document get saved

Scanning Made Easy

You’ve successfully scanned an important document and marked it up on your iPhone! We hope you’ll share this article on social media now that you know how to scan documents on an iPhone. Feel free to leave us a comment down below, and don’t forget to check out our other articles on the great new iOS 11 features.

Thanks for reading,
David L.

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David Lynch

Hi, I'm David. I am a writer and editor. I enjoy creating content that helps readers learn information that will benefit them in their daily lives.