How to Scan Documents and Texts to Your iPhone Using Notes App

  • Scan documents and save them as PDFs with Notes app
  • Scan text from physical documents or lists with Apple’s new Scan Text feature
  • Use the Apple Continuity Camera to seamlessly transfer scanned documents to your Macbook

iPhones are multifunctional devices. The cell phone whose primary purpose was to call and send text messages is no longer. Apple smartphone enthusiasts use their devices to scroll through social media, shop online, set reminders and snooze alerts. As the digital landscape evolves, owners can track their workouts with their Apple Watch and find lost items with AirTags.

But did you know that you can also transfer everyday items from the real world and import them to your iPhone? Here’s how to scan documents and lists on your phone and seamlessly transfer paper trails to the online world.

How to Scan Documents on Your iPhone

The iOS 11 released in 2017 Usher in a new era for the iPhone notes app: document scanning. The functionality has since been updated and has new features, but it was the first step towards integrating the physical and digital world when it comes to documents and letters.

Here’s how to scan a document on your iPhone:

  1. Open the Notes app
  2. Create a new note by clicking the bottom right corner
  3. Tap the camera icon at the top of the keyboard. This may be on older iPhones as a plus.
  4. Choose “Scan Documents” which will open the iPhone camera
  5. Take a picture of the document you want to save. The yellow shading over the document should indicate what is being scanned.
  6. Scan another document to save multiple files or press “Save” to exit the camera

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