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How To Scan A Document On iPhone Or iPad Without Any Third-Party App

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How To Scan A Document On iPhone Or iPad Without Any Third-Party App

With iOS 11 it has become super simple to scan a document with your iPhone or iPad. While a camera cannot match the quality of a dedicated scanner, iOS 11’s scan document feature comes really close and should be good enough in most use cases. In this post we will show you how you can use the Scan Document feature of iOS 11 to scan any document, photo or piece of paper without needing any third-party applications.

Scanning a Document on iPhone or iPad

  1. To scan a document on an iOS 11 powered device you first have to launch the Notes app.
  2. Create a new note and then tap on the ‘+‘ button from bottom right side of the screen.
  3. From the menu tap on ‘Scan Document‘ option.
  4. Now camera will open on your device. Position the document in view so iOS can detect it properly.
  5. Keep the document in view, once it has been scanned and iOS will automatically take the photo. Alternatively, you can select ‘Manually‘ option if you would rather like to take the image yourself.
  6. If you see iOS is having trouble taking your photo you can go ahead and press the shot button to take the photo. In this case you will need to adjust the area of the scan by moving the four sides.
  7. Now tap on the ‘Keep Scan‘ button. At this point you should be able to take another scan or access on the previous scan by tapping on the preview from the bottom of the screen.
  8. To save the scan simply tap on the Save button.

Sharing a Scanned Document on iOS 11

If you want to share the scanned document with someone, then follow the steps below.

  • Tap on the document you want to share from the note you created for this purpose.
  • Now tap on the ‘Share‘ button.
  • Select the medium you want to share the document with. You can choose between Message, Mail, iBooks and more.
  • You can also AirDrop the scan to your Mac if you like.

The best thing about iOS 11’s Document Scan feature is that it will let you instantly convert scanned documents or images in PDF, Print or Mark Up. Markup feature is especially useful for iPad users who have Apple Pencil.


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