How To Use Hidden Document Scanner On iPhone?

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How To Use Hidden Document Scanner On iPhone?

Don’t worry about scanning a document the next time you are asked — just pick up your iPhone or iPad.

If you don’t own one of the fancy all-in-one printers with a scanner, it may seem difficult for you to sign, scan, and submit a paper. Not to mention a ten-year-old mission. But you could have an iPhone or iPad scanner right in your lap.

I don’t mean taking an image and then cropping it by scanning a text – it is more hassle than worth it. Better to use the paper scanner buried in the Notes app on the iPhone. The function was introduced to iOS11 in 2017, but you don’t know if you don’t use the Apple Notes app.

Below I’ll show you where the scanner should be located, how to use the scanner and cover general tips for optimising the hidden feature.

How to scan from your iPhone, iPad document?

Place the document(s) in a lit area on a flat surface. Open the Notes app and make or open an existing note. I’ve developed a folder called Scanned Documents to store everything I’ve scanned and find anything quickly.

Tap the camera icon and then scan documents with a note open.

Your iPhone or iPad will open the camera and have a shutter at the bottom of the screen. Don’t press it yet, rather follow your computer prompts. Hold your laptop directly above the text to get the best results.

It’s hidden under a few taps, but the option’s definitely there. 

A yellow box will appear as the camera begins scanning and looking for the document. You’ll see tips like “get closer” as your device looks for the edges and corners of the paper. Once it identifies the entire document, it will automatically capture a scan. If your iPhone is struggling to find the document, you can press the shutter button.

A small thumbnail of each page will show in the bottom-left corner, and the scanner will remain open to continue scanning multiple pages. When you’re done, tap Save.

Make adjustments to get the perfect scan

After you scan the document, you can make adjustments like defining the corners if the scan isn’t quite right, change the color scheme, rotate the document or add more pages. 

Watching the Notes app scan and find a document’s footprint is impressive. Screenshots by Jason Cipriani/CNET

Tap on the document to open it, and you’ll find all of the editing tools along the bottom of the screen. Use the crop tool to adjust the corners or cut out a section of the document if you don’t want that information included. 

I’ve found the easiest way to use the crop tool is to place your finger near the small circle located on each corner of the document, each one doubling as a magnifying glass. That will give you a better view of your adjustments instead of covering them up. 

Sign, share or save your scanned document 

Now that you have a document scanned and adjusted, you have a few options. You can keep it in the Notes app for future reference, or you can sign and share it. 

There are plenty of tools and options for what you can do with your new scan. Screenshots by Jason Cipriani/CNET

To bring up the share sheet when viewing a document, tap the share button in the top-right corner of the screen. To add your signature, scroll below the app shortcuts and tap Markup. The markup tool has tools to draw, write or add text or add your signature. Tap on the “+” sign to see all of the tools options. 

When you’re done signing or annotating the document, you can then email it, save it to the Files app or treat it as you would any other document on your iPhone or iPad. 

Now that you know about Apple’s hidden scanner feature, make sure to check out more hidden features we’ve found in iOS 14. If you’d rather deal with a scanned document on your Mac, here’s how to scan the document with your iPhone and send it directly to your Mac.

Rajat Singh
Rajat Singh
Rajat Singh is the Editor-in-chief at Bioinformatics India, he is a Master's in Bioinformatics and validates all the data present on this website. Independent of his academic qualifications he is a marketing geek and loves to explore trends in SEO, Keyword research, Web design & UI/UX improvement.

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