How to Scan on iPad: Documents & QR Codes

Learn how to scan a document on iPad as well as how to scan QR codes.

Can you scan to an iPad? You can! It turns out it's pretty easy. You can scan documents to your Notes app to save them in higher quality than taking a photo, and you can scan QR codes. There's no external iPad scanner or iPad scanning app; you just use your camera. Here are the steps for how to scan using an iPad.

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How to Scan a Document on iPad

Scanning documents to your iPad is a much easier way to store documents than taking photos of them and trying to keep track of them in your Photos. It's easy to do, but make sure you have as clean a background as possible to set your document on, as clutter or uneven surfaces make it harder for your iPad camera to recognize the document. To learn more about your iPad and the Notes app, check out our free Tip of the Day newsletter. Here's how to scan using an iPad.

  1. Get your document ready to scan. Set it on a flat, clear surface, away from clutter.
  2. On your iPad, open your Notes app.

  3. Create a new note or open the note you want to scan the document to.

  4. Tap the Camera icon on the top of your screen.

  5. Tap Scan Documents.

  6. Hold your iPad camera over the document. The yellow box will indicate the area that's being scanned.

  7. A scanned version of the document will appear automatically. Tap on the thumbnail to open it.

  8. Choose Done or Retake based on your satisfaction level.

  9. You can take more than one scan by returning to the scan screen and letting your iPad scan again. If you are done, tap Save.

  10. The document will appear in your note.
  11. If you've taken more than one scan and want to delete one, tap the scan.

  12. Scroll to the version you want to delete and tap the trash can icon.

  13. Tap Delete Scan.

This will leave you with only the image you want.

How to Use iPad Scanner for QR Codes

QR codes have seen a rise in popularity over the past couple of years, with more people wanting contactless menus and more. It's easy to scan QR codes on your iPad. All you have to do is:

  1. Open your Camera app.

    Open Camera app
  2. Focus your Camera on the QR code.
  3. Tap the link that appears by the QR code.

    Tap link

Now the QR code should take you straight to the appropriate website. Easy as pie!

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Amy Spitzfaden–Both

Amy Spitzfaden Both is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, an award-winning novelist, and an iPhone enthusiast. Over the past decade, her work in the publishing industry has included live coverage of industry events including the Yale Publishing Course and Magazine Innovation’s ACT 9 Experience, providing editing services for several start-up publishing houses, and acting as newsstand consultant for magazines such as The Old Farmer’s Almanac and The New York Review of Books. She graduated from M.I.U. with a Bachelor’s in Literature and Writing, and has gone on to publish two novels and two short stories. Her debut novel Untold won the 2014 Chelson Award for Fiction.
Writing everything from book reviews to skincare tips, Amy discovered a passion for bringing exciting and useful information to even the most casual researcher. The mix of usability and endless possibilities is what drew her to Apple products originally, and the more she learns, the more she loves.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.