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Mum’s ‘game changing’ hack turns iPhone into a document scanner

Mum’s ‘game changing’ hack turns iPhone into a document scanner
Mum’s ‘game changing’ hack turns iPhone into a document scanner
A mum has uncovered a very handy hidden feature on the iPhone (Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)

People are praising a ‘game changing’ iPhone trick that lets them scan any paper document in just seconds.

Using Apple’s standard Notes app and the camera on the back of the phone, the gadget can effectively replace a photocopier or document scanner.

The secret was uncovered by a mum who posted it on Facebook and wowed hundreds of others who had no idea about the feature.

‘Did you know, if you have an iPhone or iPad you actually have a scanner,’ Brandi Mumma wrote on Facebook.

Other users were amazed, saying they didn’t know how to scan apps on their iPhone ‘until today’.

‘Parents, if you are planning to scan any work to your teachers or teachers if you are scanning work to your students you can use the “Notes” app,’ she wrote.

iPhone scanning trick
The option can be found on Apple’s pre-installed Notes app (Daily Mail Australia)
iPhone scanning trick
If you long-press on the app icon, the option to scan documents will appear (Daily Mail Australia)

To use the feature for yourself, you simply need to open a new Note, press the camera button at the bottom of the screen and tap on the option to scan the document.

‘Once the document is scanned, you can email it easier than a photo, plus you can add notes to the scanned document,’ Brandi Mumma said.

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You can use the camera on an iPhone to scan documents (

Hundreds who saw her post said they ‘never knew this’ and thanked the mother for the ‘game-changing’ piece of advice.

One other Facebook users said: ‘Oh my goodness! I was going to Officeworks to buy a scanner today! Thank you’.

How to use Guided Access to lock an iPhone touchscreen

Protect your iPhone from tiny tapping fingers (Getty)
Protect your iPhone from tiny tapping fingers (Getty)

When it comes to iPhone tips, mums are some of the savviest when it comes to unlocking extra features.

Last year, another mum discovered that by activating the ‘Guided Access’ mode, it’s possible to disable the touchscreen on an iPhone without turning off the display.

It means parents can hand an iPhone to their kids to watch a YouTube video without fear of them getting into the phone’s other apps. The setting can be found in any iOS device, so it works with iPads as well.

The trick was shared on Facebook where it quickly picked up thousands of likes. It was also shared more than 128,000 times.

Labelling it a public service announcement, the tech-savvy mum wrote: ‘Those if you with iPhones…if you turn on Guided Access, you can hand your phone to baby when they’re watching a show and they’ can’t hit any buttons!

‘It locks it in that app. To turn off guided access, you have to triple click the home button (so it’s not easily done).’

The post has been shared over 100,000 times (Facebook)
The post has been shared over 100,000 times (Facebook)

If you have an iPhone (or iPad) go into the Settings menu and find the ‘General’ tab.

Scroll down to Accessibility and tap it, then go to the bottom to find the option to toggle on Guided Access.

Once you’ve toggled it on, all you need to do is triple-click the power switch (or Home button if you’re using an older iPhone or iPad) to enable it.

Now you can hand the phone over to your partner, child or pet without worrying about them poking and prodding through your phone.