Using the built-in Notes app and scanning the papers directly to it is one way that has been around for a long time. However, I prefer to utilize the Files app because it allows me to access it from third-party programs such as Whatsapp, email, and so on. As a result, I can scan a document, save it as a PDF in the Files app on the iPhone or in iCloud, and then attach it to any chat app, email, or Airdrop.

Apple’s default Notes app has had a powerful built-in facility for scanning documents and saving them as a note since iOS 11. 

Apple has added a similar function to the Files app to scan documents in iOS 13 that allows you to scan documents and store them as PDFs in your preferred place.

After you have scanned a document, you may save it to iCloud Drive or any of the third-party cloud services you have linked to the Files app. The steps below will walk you through scanning something and saving it to your desired destination.

Scan Documents Using The Files App

You will need to have the Files app open on your iPhone or iPad before we get started.

Tap the “… ” button to the top-right of the “Browse” section, and then tap the “Scan Documents” button from the menu. *

Place your document on a level surface and place it in the viewfinder of your iPhone or iPad. The scan will begin immediately once the paper is precisely placed. If you do not have a camera, hit the circular capture button to take a picture.

To minimize or increase the scan area, drag the image’s corners. To continue, tap “Keep Scan.”

Use the Files document scanner

To scan your document, open the Files app on your iPhone or iPad and follow the steps below.

1) In the Files app, tap Browse at the bottom.

2) On the top, tap the More (three-dot icon) button.

3) Select Scan Documents from the drop-down menu.

4) In the viewer, place your document and press the Capture button.

5) You may then change it by dragging the corners, tapping Retake, or tapping Keep Scan.

6) If you need to scan another page, you can do so on the next screen.

7) When you are done scanning, hit Save. If you don’t touch Save, you will see a message asking if you want to discard your scan.

8) Tap Save after selecting a location for your scan.

You can also scan a document from the Files app on your iPhone if you’re in a location like iCloud Drive or On My iPhone. Follow the same procedures as above by tapping the More (three-dot icon) button on the upper left.


This is how you can Files app to scan documents on your iPhone or iPad. I hope you found this little guide useful. Check out our list of the top document scanner apps for iPhone and iPad if you need something else

In our tests, Apple’s document scanning capabilities produced hundreds of clear, clean scans, demonstrating exceptional performance on anything from photographs to documents. Apple’s scanning tool can easily replace even the most well-known third-party document scanners.