How to Scan a Document in the iPhone Files App

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Want to scan a document on the iPhone? Your Files app can be used as a document scanner where you can scan and save documents to your iPhone and iCloud. Using the Files app to scan a document on the iPhone helps keep you organized by scanning, saving, and marking up documents from one location. Here’s how to scan a document on the iPhone using the Files app.

Related: How to Save Items to the Files App on Your iPhone

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How to Scan a Document on an iPhone with the Files App

  1. Open the Files app.
  2. Tap the three dots on the top right corner.
  3. Select Scan Documents.

  4. Follow the on-screen prompts to scan your document.
  5. Scan any additional documents.

  6. When you’re finished, tap Save.
  7. Select where you want to save your document.

  8. Tap Save in the top right corner.

Now, you can navigate to that location to view your document. If you saved the document to your iCloud through the Files app, you can view your document from your iPad or Mac as well. You can also scan photos using the Notes App or other photo scanning apps

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Tamlin Day

Tamlin Day is a feature web writer for iPhone Life and a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine. A prolific writer of tips, reviews, and in-depth guides, Tamlin has written hundreds of articles for iPhone Life. From iPhone settings to recommendations for the best iPhone-compatible gear to the latest Apple news, Tamlin's expertise covers a broad spectrum. 

Before joining iPhone Life, Tamlin received his BFA in Media & Communications as well as a BA in Graphic Design from Maharishi International University (MIU), where he edited MIU's literary journal, Meta-fore. With a passion for teaching, Tamlin has instructed young adults, college students, and adult learners on topics ranging from spoken word poetry to taking the perfect group selfie. Tamlin's first computer, a Radioshack Color Computer III, was given to him by his father. At 13, Tamlin built his first PC from spare parts. He is proud to put his passion for teaching and tech into practice as a writer and educator at iPhone Life.