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With the update to iOS 15.4 in March 2022, Apple added the ability to scan text and documents into the Notes app using the iPhone's camera. Although it sounds simple, this addition was only possible thanks to the Live Text feature that was introduced last year. In this article, we show just how easy it is to scan documents and handwritten notes into the Notes app.

As a journalist, Notes is certainly one of the Apple apps I use the most, both on the iPhone and Mac. The integration between Apple's operating systems via iCloud makes it possible to quickly access notes made on iOS to the computer and this is very welcome in everyday life.

If you are also a heavy Notes user, then do take advantage of this tip and make entering content even simpler by scanning text and documents into the app.

How to scan text into a note

To insert text scans using the iPhone camera into the Notes application, follow these steps:

  1. In a note, tap the Camera button, followed by Scan Text.
  2. Position the iPhone so that the text appears within the camera's frame.
  3. After the yellow frame appears around detected text, tap the Live text icon.
  4. Drag or use grab points to select text, then select Insert.
Screenshots displaying how to scan a text on Notes app
Scanning text can be a bit of work, but it's faster than having to do it manually / © NextPit

Another tip is to use Notes to scan documents for yourself, which will automatically be added to your notes. To scan a document, follow the steps described below:

  1. In a note, tap the Camera button, then choose Scan Documents.
  2. Position iPhone so that the document page appears on the screen; as the iPhone automatically captures the page.
  3. You can also scan additional pages. When finished, tap Save and you're done.

You can also make changes to the scanned documents using functions such as cropping and/or rotating the image, adding filters, bookmarking, annotating, and even including your signature.

Screenshots displaying how to scan a document on Notes app
Scanning a document in Notes is super simple and even offers editing options such as adding a signature / © NextPit

It is worth noting that although this is a recent addition to iOS, it has been possible to do the same using some popular Google Drive or Google Lens features for some time now.

So, did you know any of these functions to scan text or documents in Notes? Do you use them often or do you prefer a third-party app?

Source: Apple

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Camila Rinaldi

Camila Rinaldi
Head of Editorial

With over a decade of experience in tech product reviews, I’ve recently embraced the world of wearables and developed a passion for digital health innovations. While I am now deeply immersed in the Apple ecosystem, my enthusiasm for Android still burns strong. Formerly editor-in-chief at AndroidPIT and Canaltech in Brazil, I now share my insights with the US audience at nextpit. Beyond tech, I cherish my vinyl collection and believe exploring local cuisine is the best way to discover new places. Join me as I explore the fusion of technology and culture in our everyday lives.

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    storm May 31, 2022 Link to comment

    I suppose the question is do you trust Apple? While they respect the device encryption, they have a history of turning over your backups...

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