How to scan your documents using your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch?
You may not know it, but you all have a secret scanner in your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, which allows you to scan and submit documents without the need for a third-party application. A way to sign a document is also available.
Certainly, there are a range of third-party scanning apps, some of which provide a few practical features; but you can do this only if you want to scan and submit a document or to sign a document with just your iPhone or iPad.
How to scan a document on your iPhone or iPad
To scan a document using your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, follow these instructions:
- Open the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch Notes app
- Make a new note
- Tap the icon of the camera button (as the keyboard isn’t opened at the bottom)
- Tap Documents Scan
- Set the document you want to search in the camera view
- In the top right corner, you can pick Auto. The camera automatically frames and scans your document when chosen.
- Lines the paper up (a yellow box appears around it) and click the shutter button if you are in manual mode.
- Click the check-in in the left corner and tap the crop tool.
- You can then drag the corners to change the scan
- Tap Done and then tap Save.
You can also scan a document using the Mail app. Open Mail > Create a new email > Press and hold in the content box until the black box appears > Tap the right arrow until you see ‘Scan Document’ > Tap Save. You can then send the scan directly from Mail.
How to sign a document using your iPhone or iPad?
You can also sign an iPhone or iPad and although it is a little natural to have an Apple Pencil and an iPad that is compatible, it’s also simple with an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Follow the following instructions for signing a document with your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch:
- Find the document you want to sign
- Press and hold on the file name
- Tap on Share
- Select ‘Markup’
- Tap the “+” in the bottom right corner
- Tap Signature
- Sign your name using your finger, or Apple Pencil on a compatible iPad
- Tap ‘Done’ at the top
- Drag your signature to wherever you want it on the document
- Drag the corners of the box to make your signature smaller
- Tap ‘Done’ in the top left corner
- Tap on ‘Save File To…’
Note: Once you create a signature, it will be an option the next time you go to sign a document so you can just select it to add it to another document, or you can choose to add another signature.
How to scan a document on your Mac using your iPhone or iPad?
Apple has a feature called Continuity, which runs from iPhone and iPad to Mac through its devices, enabling the devices to function best together. You can read more about continuity in our separate function.
One of Continuity’s functionality is the ability to search a document with your iPhone or iPad and it’s immediately on your Mac. This is how:
- Open a supported application on your Mac (such as Mail, Messages, Notes)
- Control-click in the document window where you want to scanned document to appear, or choose File > Insert
- You’ll then need to select ‘Import or Insert from iPhone or iPad’
- Then choose ‘Scan Document’
- This will open the camera app on your iPhone or iPad
- Place the document in the view of your iPhone/iPad’s camera
- Save the scan
- The scanned document will automatically appear on your Mac in the application you opened at the start
- To email, a file, tap the Share button
- Select the application you wish to send the scanned document through