How To Use Your iPhone As a Scanner For Your Mac

You can use your iPhone as a scanner to scan documents directly to your Mac. No need to transfer from your iPhone to your Mac afterward. You can scan right to a file, into a new Preview PDF, or into a document or email message.

Comments: 19 Responses to “How To Use Your iPhone As a Scanner For Your Mac”

    Ralph Cosh
    2 months ago

    This article is extremely helpful, thank you. Is there a way to get this in written form? I would like to have it available for future reference. Thanks again.

    Mark L
    2 months ago

    Great tool! Can I preform the same by only using my iPhone?

    Barnsley Richard
    2 months ago

    Hi Ralph Cosh. Immediately under the video is “video transcript”. Copy it and paste it into notes or pages or wherever you want it and you have the whole video in written copy.

    Cathy O
    2 months ago

    This scan feature is great. Thanks for all you do!

    Nan H
    2 months ago

    I did not know about this and it will be a huge time saver!

    2 months ago

    Ralph: As Richard points out, yes you can use the transcript.

    Paul Guenther
    2 months ago

    This is an incredible tool! I would never have found it without your most valuable column. Thanks!

    Neill
    2 months ago

    This is great and everything worked except import from iPhone using the Preview app. All items in the submenu were greyed out. Anyone know why?
    Thanks

    Jeff
    2 months ago

    SUCH a great tip! Thanks, Gary.

    Jeff
    2 months ago

    SUCH a great tip! Thanks, Gary.

    Brian
    2 months ago

    Thanks, Gary; very helpful.

    Scott
    2 months ago

    I'm having the same issue with Preview - all options (iPhone / iPad) in the submenu are greyed out.

    Scott
    2 months ago

    Just got off of a chat with Apple - they advised that this feature does not work directly from Preview (even though the menu shows it).

    2 months ago

    Scott: Do you see it in the Finder though? What if you connect your iPhone to your Mac via a cable? Obviously it does work in Preview as you can see me do it right in this video.

    Sheldon
    2 months ago

    Thanks bunches

    Wally & Janet Young
    2 months ago

    Gary, I do have an Epson scanner, love it, but for somehow like us who is always in a hardware-home improvement store this is beyond awesome! My friend is also planning to use this tip on her trip to Italy to scan all receipts. Many Thanks!

    Alexander Konczey
    1 month ago

    When I rt click on the file I only have Share, Color circles, Tags. I don't have the scan option for my iPad or iPhone (15Pro mMax).

    1 month ago

    Alexander What are you tapping on, exactly? Tap the three-dots button.

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