How to Scan Documents on iPhone 13 with iOS 15

How to Scan Documents on iPhone 13 with iOS 15

This step-by-step guide presents Apple users how to scan documents on iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max running iOS 15. It is an iPhone hidden document scanner that comes natively with the iOS to scan a document easier and quickly.

Have you ever suddenly wanted to scan any of your documents? But, do not worry. Your iPhone will do it for you quickly. However, have you known that your new iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro has a hidden feature that allows you to scan a document? So, Apple has allowed users to scan a document natively with the iOS operating system without installing third-party apps. As in previous iOS versions, iOS 15 also comes with a “Scan documents” feature integrated with the preinstalled Notes, Files app. This is one of the best iPhone hidden features. So, how do I scan documents with my iPhone 13? This article shows you how to scan documents on your iPhone 13 with iOS 15.

How to Scan Documents on iPhone 13 with iOS 15

This article intends to discuss some of the best three native ways you can scan a document on your iPhone 13.

  1. Scan documents with Notes app on iPhone 13
  2. Scan documents with Files app on iPhone 13
  3. Use Continuity Camera to scan documents

Let’s dive deeper and know how to scan documents using the aforementioned apps.

Scan documents with Notes app on iPhone 13

In the recent past, when you wanted to scan any type of document, you had to use a scanner with the help of a computer. But now, you can use the Notes app on your iPhone 13 to scan a document. Scanning a document using the Notes app is available on iOS 11 to iOS 15.

There are also many apps that you can download from the App Store, such as CamScanner, or iScanner, that offers document scanning feature with your iPhone camera. However, they are not free and have to pay some subscription to get the facility. But you need to know that the feature is also available in the Notes app on iOS 15 by default, allowing you to scan. For example, when you want to scan your invoices, receipts, or contracts, this iPhone native document scanning feature offered by Apple will save your money and time.

You can follow the steps below to scan a document on iPhone 13 with iOS 15.

  • Open the native Notes app on your iPhone 13/iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • Add a note (Just type anything you want)
  • Then, tap on the three-dot icon at the top right corner of the Notes app
  • Next, tap the “Scan” icon
  • Then, the camera will open and automatically scan the document (If the Auto mode is selected) once you hold the camera to the paper you want to scan. If you have chosen manual mode, you have to tap on the shutter button (The scanner will take photos automatically as long as you hold the camera onto the document)
Scan documents with Notes app

  • Crop the document (Drag near corners to adjust) and tap on Done.
  • Go to the scanned document in a saved note.
  • Finally, share or save to files your scanned document as a PDF.
Scan documents with Notes app and share

This is the easiest way to scan documents using the Notes app sitting on the home screen.

  • Tap and hold on to the Notes app icon on the home screen until the app context menu appears.
  • Then, tap “Scan Document.”
  • Then, follow steps 5 to 8 mentioned above to scan the documents.
Scan documents with Notes app context menu

Scan documents with Files app on iPhone 13

Here is the second method of scanning documents on iPhone 13. You can also use the native iPhone Files app to scan documents as the Notes app.

  • Open the Files app on your iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro
  • Next, tap the “Browse” tab, and tap on the three-dot icon at the top right corner of the app
  • Choose “Scan Documents
Scan documents with Files app on iPhone 13
  • Then, the camera will open and try to detect a document in the viewfinder and automatically scan the document (If the Auto mode is selected) once you hold the camera to the paper you want to scan. If you have chosen manual mode, you have to tap on the shutter button (The scanner will take photos automatically as long as you hold the camera onto the document)
  • Next, crop the document by dragging near corners, then tap Done, and Save.
  • Finally, you can share the saved document as a PDF.

Use Continuity Camera to scan documents

Both macOS and iOS come with a built-in feature called Continuity Camera that lets you manage the camera on your iPhone 13 directly from your Mac. You can quickly transfer your scanned documents straight from your iPhone 13 into your Mac using this method.

The Continuity Camera feature is compatible with native apps like Notes, Mail, Messages, TextEdit, Numbers 5.2, Keynote 8.2, and Pages 7.2 or later with macOS Mojave and iOS 12 or later operating systems.

To work this correctly, you need to ensure that your Mac and your iPhone 13 have been connected to the same Wi-Fi network and have Bluetooth enabled. Primarily, ensure that both devices are logged into the same iCloud account and two-factor authentication enabled. Here’s how to scan with iOS 15 and macOS Big Sur using the Notes app.

  • Open the Notes app on your Mac (you can use any of the supported apps mentioned above)
  • Click on File > Insert from iPhone or iPad > Scan Documents in the menu bar. (Right-click or Control-click on the Mac document and select Scan Documents from the menu.)
  • Point your iPhone 13’s camera at the document, and it starts to scan the document. You can perform it manually by tapping the shutter button.
  • Then, adjust the camera position to fit the page or crop only the part by dragging the corners. (Click Keep Scan if you need to repeat the process to add more scans or tap Save.

Watch the video tutorial below.

That is everything you need to know about scanning documents on iPhone 13 with iOS 15.

Let us know your thoughts on how easy to scan documents using your iPhone 13 by commenting in the comment section below. You can check more iPhone tutorials here.

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