Scanned documents are still in high demand, but paper isn’t going away anytime soon. If you want to use digital files rather than physical copies of your documents, using your iPhone or iPad as a scanner can be really convenient. Although there are plenty of other tools out there that can scan your documents, Apple’s Notes app is free and simple to use, making it an excellent option if you need to get your documents into the digital realm quickly and easily.
Download and open the Notes App
If you don’t already have the Notes App, you can download it for free from the App Store. Once it’s installed, open the app and tap the + icon in the top right corner to create a new note. A menu will appear with several options. Tap Scan Documents to continue. The camera preview screen will pop up. Position your document so that its edges are visible within the yellow outline, then press your finger against the scan button in the lower left corner of the screen.
The scanning process may take a few seconds depending on how long your document is and how detailed it is, but once finished you’ll be able to see your scanned document as an image file at the bottom of your screen. You can now save the document to iCloud Drive, Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote or OneDrive by tapping the share icon in the upper right-hand corner of your screen and selecting one of these four options. To view other scanned documents you’ve saved earlier just tap All Notes and select a note from there.
Take Pictures of Both Sides
If you want to scan a document using your iPhone or iPad, you can do so by taking pictures of both sides of the document using the Notes app. Here’s how
- Open up the Notes app and go to settings.
- Select ‘Scan Documents’ and then choose whether you want to take a picture of one side or two
- Take the photo with either side facing down
- Repeat steps 1-3 for other sides if necessary .
- To view all scanned images tap All Scans in the bottom left corner. You’ll be able to scroll through each image and tap it to enlarge it if needed.
- To save all scans press Save All in the top right corner and give them a name
- To delete an individual scan tap Delete Scan in the upper left corner
- To cancel scanning press Cancel Scanning in the upper right corner
- Press Done when finished scanning
Convert Images Into PDF Format
Now that you know how to scan a document using your iPhone or iPad, you might be wondering how to convert images into PDF format. Luckily, there are a few different ways to do this. The first way is by using the Notes app for iOS devices. The second way is by uploading your image as an attachment in Gmail and converting it from there. The third way is through Google Drive’s web interface (although this method can only be used if you have a paid account).
Finally, you can use Pages for iOS devices or Microsoft Word for Macs in order to create and save files in PDF format from the start. To learn more about these methods of converting images into PDF format, check out our blog post: 3 Simple Steps to Convert Images Into PDF Format. Now that you know how to scan a document using your iPhone or iPad, you might be wondering how to convert images into PDF format. Luckily, there are a few different ways to do this. The first way is by using the Notes app for iOS devices. The second way is by uploading your image as an attachment in Gmail and converting it from there.