Scan to an iOS Device Using the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY App
Article ID: ART162570 | Date published: 09/30/2015 | Date last updated: 02/07/2020


Use the Canon app with an iOS device to scan from your Canon printer / scanner.


Before you can use the app to print or scan, there are a few things you will need to do.

Before you begin

  1. Install the Canon PRINT Inkjet / SELPHY app on your device. Go to Android™ or iOS®.
  2. Connect to your printer. Get instructions for Android or iOS.
  3. Make sure your original document or photo is loaded on the scanner.

Scan with the app

Note Screenshots shown are from an iPhone 8 Plus. Screens on other iOS devices may differ. Home iconTap the home icon at anytime during these steps to return to the main screen.
  1. On your iOS device, tap to launch the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app.
  2. From the main screen, tap Scan.

    app main screen
  3. Use Change settings to make any needed adjustments before scanning. Tap Scan to begin the scan.

    scan settings screen with Scan button
  4. When the scan is complete, tab Scan to scan an additional document, or tap Exit to continue.

    scan complete screen
  5. Tap Exit, then the share icon.

    scan result screen
  6. Tap Use as PDF.

    Use as PDF screen shown selected
  7. Choose what you'd like to do with the scanned data:
    • Tap Mail to email the scanned image.
    • Tap Save to Files to save the PDF on to your iOS device. You can reopen this later through the Files app if desired.
    • Tap Markup if you want to mark up the document before saving it.
    icon selection screen
  8. If you tap Save to Files, choose a location to save the file (on your iOS device or iCloud Drive). Tap Save the PDF.

    Save selected at top right corner

    Note Before saving, you can also tap the date, which is the default name for the scanned PDF. Provide a name for the document, then tap Done.

    Name entered for document and done shown at bottom right of screen
  9. If you tapped Markup in step 7, make any desired adjustments to the document, then tap Done.

    PDF markup tools displayed
  10. Tap Save File To... to save the PDF.

    Save File To highlighted at top middle of screen
  11. Choose a location to save the file. You can save it directly on your iOS device or on your iCloud Drive. Tap Save to save the file.

    Add to save selected at top right corner
  12. After saving the file, you can reopen it later using the Files app on your iOS device if desired.