Scan documents and text to your iPhone with the Notes app

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  • Use Apple’s Continuity Camera to seamlessly transfer scanned documents to your Macbook

iPhones are multifunctional devices. The cell phone whose primary purpose was to make calls and text is no more. Apple smartphone enthusiasts use their devices to scroll through social media, shop online, set reminders and snooze alarms. With the evolving digital landscape, owners can even track their workouts with Apple Watches and find missing items with AirTags.

But did you know that you can also take everyday objects from the real world and import them to your iPhone? Here’s how to scan documents and lists on your phone and transfer paper traces seamlessly to the online world.

Scan documents on your iPhone

The release of iOS 11 in 2017 ushered in a new era for the iPhone notes app: document scanning. The feature has since been updated and includes new features, but was a first step towards merging the physical and digital worlds when it comes to documents and letters.

Here’s how to scan a document on your iPhone:

  1. Open the notes app
  2. Create a new note by clicking in the bottom right corner
  3. Tap the camera icon above the keyboard. Older iPhones may have this as a plus sign.
  4. Choose “Scan Documents” which will open your iPhone’s camera
  5. Take a photo of the document you want to save. A yellow mark over the document should indicate what is being scanned.
  6. Scan another document to save multiple files or press “Save” to exit the camera

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