If you’ve been using an iPhone for a few years, you probably have tried several document scanner apps in your lifetime. I know I have. I have my favorites. I keep a couple of them in my Productivity folder on my iPhone and iPad.
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 about to be free of the multi-app grind.
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.
How to scan a document on iPhone and iPad
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.
- Open Notes on your iPhone or iPad.
- Create a new note or tap on an existing one to add a document to it.
- Tap the camera button at the bottom of the screen or above the keyboard.
- Tap Scan Documents.
- Line up the document you want to scan.
- Tap the shutter button if the scanner doesn’t automatically scan the document. Repeat this step for every document you want to scan.
- Tap Save after you’ve scanned all of the necessary pages. The button will have a count of how many pages you scanned.
The scanned pages will populate in a new note in the Notes app.
How to mark up a scanned document on iPhone and iPad
Once you’ve scanned a document, you can mark it up with any of the built-in markup tools in the Notes app. With the markup tools, you can highlight, handwrite, cut out and move sections (magic rope style), and add a text box, shape, or arrows. You can also add your signature right from within the Notes app.
- Tap the scanned document in your note.
- Tap the share button in the upper-right corner.
- Tap Markup.
- Tap on the tool you’d like to use.
- Tap the color picker if you’d like to change the color that your chosen tool will use.
- Tap + if you want to add a text box, signature, magnifier, or shape to your document.
- Mark up your document.
- Tap Done when you’re finished.
- Tap Done to return to your note.
The scanned document will save all of the markup changes you made.