Apple has improved its Notes app over the years, transforming it from a simple note-taking app to having the ability to make lists and import photos. In addition, all notes are shared across your devices connected with your iCloud account, which means accessing and editing them is easier than before.
Apple recently added a scanning feature to the Notes app. You can now scan a document or photo into a note and make annotations to it.
To scan documents in the Notes app, follow the steps below:
1. Open the Notes app on your iPhone/iPad.
2. Begin a note and tap on the camera icon above the keyboard.
3. Tap on “Scan Documents” to start scanning a document.
4. With the Camera open, you can either bring the document into the viewfinder, which will trigger the auto-capture option, capture the document using the shutter button or press one of the volume buttons.
5. Once captured, you can adjust the corners by dragging the edges, then press “Keep Scan.”
6. You can open the editing toolbar by tapping on the bottom left (the thumbnail of the scan that you just took). From here, you can change the filter, rotate and crop the document.
7. You can scan more pages if needed. Once done, tap Save in the bottom-right corner.
You’ll see the document embedded into the note when done. You can tap on the title to rename it whatever you’d like.
You can share the document by tapping on the Share button on the top-right corner. From here you can also mark up, print, copy and save the document to Files. This is useful, especially for annotating documents.
That’s it. Using the method described above, you can easily import, edit and embed documents into the Notes app. If you find the feature lacking, there are also several great document-scanning apps you can check out in iOS.