Scan Document from Notes App Icon on iPhone or iPad

Feb 24, 2023 - 3 Comments

Notes icon in iOS

One of the handier features available on iOS and iPadOS allows scanning documents into the Notes app on iPhone and iPad. But rather than opening the Notes app and then initiating the document scanning process, you can scan documents even faster by using a handy trick that relies on long-pressing the Notes app icon itself.

Quickly Scan Documents Into Notes App via Home Screen Icon on iPhone & iPad

This is a super simple and handy trick, here’s how it works:

  1. Press and hold on the Notes app icon on the Home Screen
  2. Tap on “Scan Document”
  3. Scan documents into Notes quickly via app icon trick

  4. Point the iPhone or iPad camera at the document you wish to scan, and snap the picture to scan the document

The long-press actions that are available on many app icons, particularly apps from Apple, are worth exploring, since they reveal shortcuts to many of the useful app features, like scanning documents. And you’ll notice other long-press actions available too, like creating checklists, snapping photos, and more.

The Notes app on iPhone and iPad is really powerful with some great features, and while the aforementioned trick works great for scanning documents, you can also scan text directly into notes if you’d rather do that. The Files app also supports document scanning using a similar trick.

Who needs a scanner? Just use the notes app and your iPhone or iPad camera, and away you go!

We’re obviously focused on iPhone and iPad here, but you can also scan documents into Notes on the Mac using the Continuity Camera feature.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Alan W says:

    The step-by-step instructions were incredibly clear and easy to follow, I’m scanning stuff into Notes now, this is a really helpful trick for iPHone thank you.

  2. John PhD says:

    The scanning process is cutting the edge of the photo you would be taken (fitting to the object you take) and to keep the object properly. Interlinks the pages

  3. Colin says:

    Why scan? Just photograph

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