Apple has made it really simple to scan documents using your iPhone or iPad in iOS 13. You can scan documents without having to install any additional app from the App store, by just using the Notes app or the Files app that is already installed on your iPhone or iPad by default.
How to scan documents on iPhone & iPad
Just follow the below steps to scan documents on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 11 or newer.
How to scan documents on iPhone & iPad using the Notes app
Open the Notes app on your iPhone or iPad from the home screen or from the spotlight search.
Open an existing note where you want to add the scanned document or create a new note by clicking on the new note icon at the bottom right corner.
Now click on the camera icon at the bottom options section and select the scan documents option from the pop-up menu.
Position your iPhone or iPad’s camera on top of the document you want to scan and make sure the entire document fits properly inside the viewfinder and click on the camera button.
Once you have captured the image of the document, you can either adjust the corners to get a clear view and save the scanned document or retake to get a better view.
Click on the ‘keep scan’ button to save the document and then you can now use various options on the scanned document like cropping it, applying color or black and white filters or rotating it according to your needs.
Once you are done just hit the ‘save’ button and the scanned document will now be saved to your note.
You can also click on the share icon once you have saved the scanned document to your note to perform more actions like signing or marking up the document or even save it as a PDF file. The document will be automatically named based on its contents and you can rename it if you want.
How to scan documents on iPhone & iPad using the Files app
The steps are more or less the same for scanning documents on your iPhone or iPad using the Files app, however, I will mention the steps that are slightly different in detail below.
Open the Files app on your iPhone or iPad from the home screen or from the spotlight search.
Click on the ‘options’ button at the top right corner on the browse screen in the Files app and select the ‘scan documents’ option from the popup menu.
You can also navigate to the folder if you want to scan documents and save them to a specific folder, swipe down to access the options menu on the top left corner and select the ‘scan documents’ option from there to directly scan and save the document to a specific folder.
The next steps are pretty much similar to the ones you follow for scanning documents using the Notes app.
Just scan the document, edit or modify the scanned document according to your preferences and then save it to your device.
How to scan documents on iPhone & iPad using third-party apps
There are also a number of popular and feature-rich third-party apps that could be found on the App store when you search for document scanners or scan documents. While some of these applications do have additional features that might be useful for some, but the built-in scan documents feature in the Notes app and the Files app on your iPhone is more than enough to fulfill your basic scanning and editing needs.