Woman’s hidden iPhone trick turns your camera into a scanner in seconds

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The feature went viral on TikTok, where user @ambre_skye posted a video explaining how to find the life hack. In the video, the TikToker shows that holding down the Notes app icon reveals a list of options, including ‘Scan Document’. Pressing this will open the camera, which you will then hold over what you want to scan.

The iPhone will then automatically form a yellow box around what it automatically detects, which in the case of TikTok is a Polaroid image, before cropping and converting it into a PDF file that you can save and share from the Notes app. Those using the feature can also manually crop what has been scanned if they are not satisfied with what the iPhone has detected.

Although the hack automatically saves documents as a PDF file, TikTokers explained in its comment on the video that taking screenshots of the scan allows you to have the document in an image format.

The TikTok video revealing the secret scanner has since been viewed over 7.6 million times, but there was a mixed response to the trick.

One person asked, “How is that different from taking a picture of it?”

The secret scanner can be accessed by pressing and holding the Notes app icon (Image: PA)

TikToker shows users how to access the hack

TikToker @ambre_skye gives viewers a tutorial on how to find and use the hack (Image: TikTok / amber_skye)

Another TikToker commented, “I don’t understand. Didn’t she just take a picture of it? Help me please.”

Another said, “I already knew this one. Where do I get my refund? “

One user explained the benefits of the life hack: “If you take a photo at a bad angle, it also corrects the shape – I tried it from the side with my TV.”

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TikToker explains how to use the feature

The scanner places a yellow frame around what it automatically detects to be scanned (Image: TikTok / ambre_skye)

Someone with a photocopier

Some TikTokers have likened the feature to a copier (Image: Getty)

Another claimed, “It’s like copying it, so the background isn’t in the photo either.”

Another commented, “This trick has certainly come in handy. Thanks for posting this. “

Despite the discussion about the usefulness of the secret scanner, the video has gained over 400,000 likes and has been used by thousands of users.

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TikTok app on iPhone and headphones

The TikTok video has gone viral and is viewed over 7.6 million times (Image: Getty)

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Neela Josh
Neela Josh
I work as the Content Writer for Gaming Ideology. I play Quake like professionally. I love to write about games and have been writing about them for two years.

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