Scan Printed And Handwritten Notes Into The Notes App

Apple has released its new iOS 15.4 version earlier this week and it comes with a lot of new features that are very useful and interesting. Cool feature that Apple has introduced with its new iOS 15.4 is it allows you to scan printed and handwritten notes into the notes app.

Previously, scanning printed or written text into the note app was not possible. Although you could scan documents, handwritten texts were hard to scan into the notes app. The new iOS 15.4 offers a separate new feature that allows you to scan not only just any documents but also handwritten notes. If you wonder how you can do it, don’t worry. We will guide you through all the steps and details to scan printed and handwritten notes into the notes app on your iPhone.

What does a scanning feature do?

Before we head to the steps, let’s give you some small details on how scanning documents works and how easy it is to do with the notes app. The scanning documents feature is not available in every iPhone. But if you own a newer iPhone model, you must be aware of this feature where users can capture a photo of a document or any text and save it as a JPEG in their gallery. That is how the scanning works. It’s basically creating a digital copy of your document on your phone or in your cloud to access them anytime you want easily.

Previously, in the older versions of iPhone and iPadOS, you could scan text into Apple’s notes app, but for that, you needed to Tap on a note’s text field and tap the Live Text option in the popup menu. The recent update of OS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4 have made text scanning features more accessible and easier.

Here’s how you can scan printed or handwritten notes into the notes app:

Open your iPhone or iPad running on the latest OS version 15.4 and go to the notes

Compose a new note by clicking on the plus icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen

You can also choose a note from the list

Go to the text and click on the camera icon above the onscreen keyboard

Click scan text from the popup submenu

Then put the printed or handwritten text in the middle of the camera’s viewfinder

The AI should automatically recognize the text and put it in the note app

Once the text appears in the note, click on the blue insert button in the viewfinder and save the text inside the note.

There may be some textual errors. You need to fix them manually.

With this new feature, you can edit or retake the scan if the scan quality is not good enough. Click on the Keep scan and Save and save the texts. This new feature is more useful since it’s better to organize your documents in your iPhone’s notes app than in your photo gallery. The notes app is always synced with your iCloud account, which means you can access these scanned documents from any OS device, including iPad and Mac.

The Scan Text feature is only available on iPhone iOS 15.4 and on iPadOS 15.4. The scanning process is just the same if you are using an iPad. So just follow the steps mentioned above and scan whatever texts or notes you want.

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