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Today, iPhones and iPads running iOS 15 and later are equipped with a little-known tool that would have brought us to the forefront of an Apple Store: the Scan Text feature.

What does it do? Well, it basically turns your iPhone or iPad into a highly efficient document scanner, instantly importing text from any document the camera points to. Works with all best iPhones or iPads or any other Apple device running iOS 15.

Want to know how to scan to an iPhone using this life changing feature? Check out our quick guide below.

Open an app where you want to scan text – this could be ClipboardMessages, or any other app that allows you to enter text. In the text entry areatap and hold for a couple of seconds then post your finger. You should now see a scanner icon and “Scan Text” appears – or just the icon, depending on the app you are using.

Tap “Scan Text” – or the scanner icon – and your camera will now be in scan mode. Now, simply point your camera at the text you want to scan and it will appear in the text entry field. Tap “Insert” when you’re ready to import it.

And this is all. I hope this feature changes your life as much as it would have changed mine if it existed 10 years ago.