There's an iPhone Notes hack for scanning and sending documents

Jennifer Savin
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Photo credit: Yuri Arcurs peopleimages.com - Getty Images
Photo credit: Yuri Arcurs peopleimages.com - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

Welcome one and all to a little series we like to call 'life hacks you won't believe you ever lived without' – where this time, we're shining a light on a nifty little trick that lets you scan and send documents straight to your desired recipient using just an iPhone. Ideal!

Even better is that there's no downloading of any extra apps involved (honestly, I can't take another app - I'm DROWNING in apps. Anyone else?!). All you need to do is tap onto the Notes App that's already a feature on every iPhone. Then, once you've opened Notes, simply click the little pencil on paper icon (as you would when opening a standard new Note), then took a look at the tool bar that appears.

On said tool bar should be a few different icons, one of which being a camera – click on this camera icon and three different options should pop up: Choose Photo or Video, Take Photo or Video, or Scan Documents. The third one? That's the one we're after today. Then, from tapping on Scan Documents, the camera screen will appear inviting you to position whatever document it is within the frame and take a snap.

Photo credit: Nora Carol Photography - Getty Images
Photo credit: Nora Carol Photography - Getty Images

Better still, after you've taken the photo, you can adjust the corners around it to ensure there's nothing else in the background of your image and keep it all nice and neat and tidy. From then, you simply hit 'Keep Scan' and then save (it will automatically do so as a PDF), which will then return you back to the Notes page you initially created.

If you'd like to send the document you've scanned to a recipient right away, that's dead simple too – click on your picture and in the top right corner there'll be the symbol for sending. Hit it and up will come the option to either email your document, WhatsApp it, text it or AirDrop it. Basically you can do whatever you'd like with it... Et voila!

This handy little bit of intel also applies to iPads and iPod Touches too, as they have the Notes app on them too.

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