How to Scan Documents with Your iPhone

Once upon a time, you needed a clunky piece of hardware called a scanner to transform a paper document into digital format. Those days are gone. Today, if you need to scan a document, all you need is your iPhoneYou can scan documents directly from your iPhone using a variety of apps. We show you how it’s done in iOS 14.

Use the Files app

The Files app makes scanning documents and storing them on your phone extremely easy. You can even scan receipts or sign and scan documents. Just make sure you are connected to iCloud and can access your iCloud Drive from both your iPhone and your computer. Here’s how to get started.

Scanning multiple documents in sequence

Don’t worry about getting the scanning angle right, as the app will automatically correct the view to flatten the scan. When you view the finished scans, they will be properly aligned with a high-quality representation of the contents.

Use the Notes app

The iPhone’s built-in Notes app has a scanning feature that you can access whenever you create a new document. Here’s how to do it.

When your scan is finished, you can still make filter, cropping, or rotating adjustments to it — or trash it. The Retake button lets you fix a single page in a series without having to restart a multi-page scan. You can further crop or alter the document edges, use a filter, or rotate it so it looks exactly the way you want it.

Use Continuity Camera

Both MacOS and iOS have a built-in feature called Continuity Camera, which allows you to manage the camera on your mobile device directly from your Mac. You can also quickly transfer your photos and scans straight from your device into a document on your computer. 

Continuity Camera operates with native apps like Notes, Mail, Messages, TextEdit, Keynote 8.2, Numbers 5.2, and Pages 7.2 or later. It’s available with MacOS Mojave and iOS 12 or more recent operating systems. 

To use Continuity Camera, ensure that your Mac and your iPhone are connected to the same Wi-Fi network and have Bluetooth enabled. Make sure both devices are logged into the same iCloud account with two-factor authentication enabled. Here’s how to scan with iOS 14 and MacOS Big Sur using TextEdit.

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