How to scan a document to email using iPhone iPad?

There are different ways you can scan a document to email. You can scan your document using a stand-alone scanner or a multi-function printer. But the easiest way to do that is to use your mobile phone or tablet to scan documents. By doing so, you can scan a document to email without a computer, printer or scanner. You can scan documents to iPhone iPad then send the electronic copy of paper in PDF format through email. Isn’t it really convenient? Imagine that you are on the go somewhere out of office or you are on vocation when you need to send some personal or business documents to someone. And you do not have access to a computer, scanner or printer, what you have is your iPhone or iPad which you carry with you anywhere. You can then take out your iPhone from pocket, use iPhone as portable scanner to scan a document to PDF using iPhone. You will be able to use iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to scan any paper document, receipt, book, and so on, then send the scanned documents via email from iPhone iPad. If you like to give it a shot, check out below steps.

How to scan a document to email using iPhone iPad?

Prerequisites for documents scanning to email on the go:

In this demo, we will use an iPad with the above iPhone scanner pro app. You can also use this iPhone scanner app on all compatible iOS devices, such as iPhone 5, iPhone 6, iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, iPad Pro and so on. If you are on the trip with iPad without Wi-Fi network or data service, you will only be able to scan documents to iPad and attached them to email on iPad, you can send the scanned documents through email when you have internet connection.

Tap to run iPhone scanner pro app, its home screen looks like below. It by default lists all scanned documents in its home screen.

iphone ipad scanne pro app home

To take new scans or scan a document to email, tap on the + Add icon from the bottom right corner to get started. Now point your iPhone or iPad Camera to the document you like to scan. Press the blue round scan button to scan a document using your iPhone or iPad. In this demo, we use a iPad 2 which has a relatively low camera resolution. If you use this scanner app on a recent iOS device, such as iPhone 5, iPhone 6, iPad Mini, iPad Air, iPad Pro, the scanning results will be greatly improved.

scanning document on iphone ipad using scanner pro

You can scan several times of the same document in a roll, so as to get the best result. You will also be provided with the scanned document selection. You can drag the border of scanned document to cut, select or save only the part you like to save while deleting the unwanted part of a scanned document on iPhone iPad.

iphone ipad document scanning save selection

Once you are finished with the selection, save it, you will then have the options to save the final scanned document on iPhone iPad or share scanned documents from iPhone iPad.

save scans as pdf to iphone ipad


This iPhone Scanner Pro app is so powerful to help you easily attached scanned documents to email, print scanned documents through printer via iPhone AirPrint, fax scanned documents from iPhone, upload scanned documents from iOS device to Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive, Evernote, Box, OneNote and more cloud hosting services.

share scanned documents from iphone ipad

Tap Share button, then choose Email from above screen, the scanned documents will be attached to a new email with your default email account configured on iPhone or iPad. It could be a Gmail, Yahoo Mail, AOL mail, Hotmail, Live mail, or any other email accounts. If you do not have email accounts set up, check out this tutorial to add Hotmail account to iPad iPhone, just as a quick start guide. You can send the scanned documents from iPhone to your coworkers, clients and employees through email. You can also send the emails with attached scans to yourself as an impromptu document archiving solution. Once you need to access it, just open your email from any devices you like, such as mobile phone, tablet, PC, Mac or else. This is also the easiest way to scan a document to computer without printer, scanner.

Document scanning alternative – Adobe Scan

Adobe Scan is another great PDF scanner app for iPhone iPad. It is powerful, easy to use and best of all, it is totally free to download and use without any limitations or ads. Check out this tutorial to scan paper documents using iPhone for free. What you need to use this free PDF scanning app for iOS is your own email address to sign up a free account with Adobe. 

Update Aug 2019: this article was originally published in Dec 2015 and has since been updated. in this update, we added the free document scanner app, Adobe Scan.

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