How to scan documents to PDF using Tiny Scanner on iPhone?

Tiny Scanner app for iOS is a very popular iPhone iPad scanner app which allows users to scan paper documents, photos, receipts, fax, books, or just about anything to PDF. This app turns your iPhone/iPad into a portable scanner. This is another alternative to the notable iPhone Scanner Pro, an easy-to-use app which offers just another method you can scan documents to PDF using iPhone. Scans will be saved to your iPhone iPad as images or PDFs.

How to scan documents to PDF using Tiny Scanner on iPhone?

This app comes with both free and paid versions. You can download and use the free version to scan documents to PDF. In this article, we will use the free scanner app to scan documents to PDF on iPhone.

Launch the free iPhone scanner app, tap the + (add) icon, you will open the scanning window as below.

iphone tiny scanner app free version

Here you can take a picture of the document using the iPhone camera. By default the flash is enabled so as to make a high quality scan. Tap the shutter button at the bottom of the camera view window to scan the document.

scan documents to pdf using tiny scanner app on iphone

The Scanner app will detect the border of your document automatically. If the detected boarder cannot be satisfied, you can adjust them manually by dragging the borders.

adjust borders of the scanned document in tiny scanner app on iphone

The next step is image processing. Just follow the on-screen tips to choose processing mode you like. Finally choose a name for the scanned document and save.

The free version of scanner app on iPhone iPad can save scanned document as image file to your Camera Roll. You can also send the scanned document through email to yourself or anyone you like. In fact, you can transfer, share, download the scanned documents via the Open In feature. You can send the scanned documents to any compatible apps on your iPhone or iPad, such as iBooks, WeChat, and many more.

Transfer scanned documents to computer

Many people may use their iPhone to scan documents to PDF, then transfer the scanned PDF file back to their computer so they can edit the PDF, share the PDF from computer, or save the PDF on computer. As we mentioned above, you can email yourself the scanned documents from iPhone, then download them from email to your computer. The app also provides an easier way to transfer scanned PDF from iPhone iPad to computer, the Wi-Fi Drive. Connect your iPhone or iPad to the same Wi-Fi network as your computer. Go to the Settings in this free iOS scanner app, choose Wi-Fi Drive, you can then enable it and get the file downloading address. See below figure.

wi-fi drive PDF transfer tiny scanner iphone

Access the file transfer address from iPhone scanner app on your computer browser. You can then download the scanned documents from iPhone to computer as both image and PDF file formats. If you like to edit the PDF on computer, you can follow these steps to edit scanned PDF on computer using a PDF editor software on your laptop or desktop computer.

31 thoughts on “How to scan documents to PDF using Tiny Scanner on iPhone?”

  1. Hi, I have downloaded and used tiny scanner before. But now every time I try to scan, it ask me to either in app purchase or download a paid version. Why can’t I use the free version any more?

    1. it seems the free version allows only two scans. you can transfer the scanned PDF to computer, then delete them from the scanner app. after that you should be able to scan new documents.

    1. I can’t see to replicate the issue on my iPhone. do you get any error?
      You can try to save the scanned document to your Camera Roll or the Files app, then send them to your email from there.

    1. for those scanned documents that are already in the scanner app, you can export them as image files to the Files app first, then choose the ‘Save image’ option to transfer them from the Files app to your Photos or Camera Roll.

    1. yes, you can. open this scanner app on your iPhone, you should find all existing scans, tap the select icon at the top right corner, then tap on the PDF thumbnails to select any or all items. after that you should find the toolbar at the screen bottom. Choose Share at the bottom left corner to bring up the Share As action menu at the lower section of your phone screen, select Email from the Share As action menu, the selected PDF scans will be attached to a new email, just select or type in the recipient’s address and send.

  2. I scanned a document and emailed it to myself I want to delete it from the app. I can’t seem to figure out how to do that. Any help?

    1. tap the select icon (check in a circle) at the top-right corner, then tap the PDF thumbnail(s) to select them, the Delete button will appear at the bottom right corner.

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