PSA: The Notes App on Your iPhone Can Scan Documents

iPhone? I barely know her. Or at least that's how it feels every time I hear about a new game-changing feature on the iPhone that isn't actually new at all.

Like this calculator trick and screen recording feature, for example.

And here's another one—you can use your built-in Notes app to scan documents instead of struggling to find an actual scanner or just taking a cockeyed picture and passing it off as a legit scan.

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Here's how it works

Open the Notes app from your home screen. It's the icon that looks like a piece of ruled paper with a yellow bar at the top. You know the one.

Open a new note and tap the + button located at the bottom of the screen. Tap Scan Documents from the list of options that pops up.

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The camera will open, which you should aim at the document you want to scan. The app will highlight the document in yellow, then it will either automatically capture the image or you can tap the white button to take a photo. You'll be given the option to adjust the margins or edit as needed. Save the document and then it can be sent as a message, email, or used in a PDF.

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And that's it. Tech-y life things just keep getting easier.