How to scan a document with your iPhone

Unlike many Android smartphones, the iPhone natively has a way to perfectly scan a document, without having to take a picture of it with all the unnecessary external elements. Nothing very complicated. We’ll explain how to get the hang of it.

You no longer have a fax machine, sending a photo of an important document never looks terrible, even serious. And yet, you only have your iPhone at hand. No problem! There is a solution, as Apple’s ad said. And it obviously involves a home app that’s already there.

Under Android, there are a multitude of apps for scanning documents, but rarely features integrated directly into the device that allow you to crop the image to keep only the desired area. You can also use Google Photos to crop a photo you’ve taken. But you’ll only get a JPEG file, not a PDF.



Open the Files app

In the Explorer icon, press on the circle with the three dots in the top right corner and choose “Scan documents”. The camera will open.

Frame your document and photograph it. You will then be able to crop it if necessary. Keep the scan.

Scan another document or click “Save” if you are finished.

All documents are put in PDF format. You can rename it in the top box.

Then select where you want to store your document (iCloud Drive or your iPhone by default, but you can add other locations from “Explorer”). You can even create a specific folder.

To retrieve your document and share it, you can go to the “Recent” tab for quicker access. By keeping your finger on it, you can choose to share it by email, SMS, messaging, etc.


How to scan a document with your iPhone

Open the Notes application.

Create a new note by pressing the icon in the lower right corner.

Press the Camera icon and choose “Document Scanner”.

Place your document on a flat surface in a well-lit area. Frame the document with your camera.

In the top menu bar, you can choose to scan in color, grayscale, black and white or photo resolution.

– If you are in “Auto” mode, a yellow area will delineate the media detected by the photo sensor that is perceived as the document to be scanned. The photo is automatically triggered.

– You can choose to switch to “Manual” mode by pressing the top right of the screen. Press the shutter release button. On the resulting photo, you can then define the scanning area by adjusting the corners. Press “Save Scan” to save the document. You can then add more scans.

Even if you are in “Auto” mode, it is possible to correct the area if it does not display correctly. Press the shutter button and you will be able to adjust the corners as in manual mode.

The scanned documents will accumulate in the bottom left corner of the window. When you have completed all your operations, click “Save”.


All the scans appear in the note. You can previously crop the document, change the color of your documents. Just click on the scanned document.

Two solutions then present themselves to you:

Add information in the Note and share it as such. Press the three dots at the top right and choose the option “Send a copy”. You will then be able to send the documents in PDF format by email, SMS or via storage apps (Drive, OneDrive, iCloud, Files…).

Share only the document. To do so, keep your finger on the document(s) and click on “Share”. You then choose to send it in the same way to a recipient or to store the document in a service.

If this solution seems too complicated, there are apps to scan your documents. Genius Scan offers the same functionality.