You’re working from home because of a coronavirus pandemic and want to scan documents: You’ve seen a number of paid third-party scanner apps in the App Store. Which one should you choose?
But wait a minute: that’s not all. Before you do, you should visit …… Did you know that Apple has a free scanner built into your iPhone?
If so, now you know how to use the iPhone scanner.
- Access the official Apple Notes app on your iPhone.
- Open an existing note or create a new one by clicking the small icon on the bottom right of the device.
- Tap the camera icon in the menu that appears.
- Select “Scan document” from the options that appear.
- Hold the phone in front of the document you want to scan.
- If the scanner is in automatic mode, the application will automatically detect the document and capture the scan. In manual mode, you have to capture the image yourself. You can change the mode you are in at the top right of the screen.
- If you need to adjust the scanning, you can drag the corners of the page.
- As more pages are scanned, you can continue scanning or tap Resume to automatically discard the image and scan again.
- When you are done, tap Save in the lower right corner. You now have a PDF file of your document.
Once the document is scanned, there are several editing options. You can crop, switch between color and black and white scans, rotate the document, and add additional pages. You can rename the file at any time by tapping on the name of the document.
Scanning a whiteboard with the iPhone Notes app
When it comes to technology, we live in a strange in-between time. Our lives are inextricably linked to our devices – smartphones, smart TVs, smart doorbells – but we still crave those moments in the day when we can be offline, snuggle up with a book, bake something delicious, gaze at the stars, or laugh with friends We Are.
What if I told you that Jotter is compatible with Apple Notes?
The powerful little computer in the palm of your hand can do so much more than scroll through Instagram, send funny Snapchats with voice-changing filters, and navigate maps.
Starting with iOS 11, you can now scan documents in the Notes app. Not only can you take a photo, but you can also scan them. After scanning, you can edit the document as you like, convert it from color to black and white, make it into cool shapes, rotate it, and highlight it. You can then easily share your scanned documents with others by saving them anywhere in the cloud or directly on your Mac.
Place the notepad on a flat surface in a well-lit location to highlight your idea. Launch the Notes app and create a new note or open an existing one: Hold your iPhone over the notepad, tap the camera icon, and select “Scan Document.” A yellow box appears on the screen when the camera captures the edge of the jotter.
The scanning process is performed automatically. You can also complete scanning manually by pressing the shutter button or volume button.
A nice thumbnail of the scan appears in the lower left corner. You can either do additional scanning or tap the “Save” button for the first scan. At this point, you’ll see most of the magic of this scan: Your Notes app pulls up a piece of text at the top of the document that you can use as a title. This is great because now you can scan the image of your document and use it as a title.
Tap on the scanned image, and you’ll see several editing options at the bottom of the screen.
- Use the Crop tool to align the edges of the scanned image or crop the image as desired. You can also use this tool to reshape the scanned page into new and interesting shapes.
- The tool also allows you to edit in color, grayscale, and black and white.
- You can also rotate images, but it’s hard to imagine why you would want to rotate them.
If you want to add styling, notes or doodles to the scanned image, tap the download icon in the upper right corner, scroll down and select “Markup”. Select your notepad, choose any color from the spectrum and write.
To save or share the scanned notepad, tap the download icon again and choose from the options that appear. You can scan via text, email, or airdrop. You can also print it out (although printing it out seems pointless, but who am I to judge). You can save it to a notebook, to a file, or to your Mac or cloud storage of choice. There are lots of options available.
In other words, you can have it all. You can get creative and save paper by using Jotter to record your ideas and plans, then digitize those pages on your iPhone for easy editing, saving and sharing. Then you can wipe the notebook clean and use it again and again. It’s a fusion of low-tech and high-tech, and that’s a beautiful thing.