Sign documents, add text to images and more with iPhone’s Markup


With each new iPhone model, you typically get more storage, a better camera, a faster processor, and new or improved features. Sometimes certain functions are lost when new models and updates are released. This can be a response to low interest or to make room for new features.

In some cases, the reasons for elimination are unknown. This happened with the iPhone 13, which lacks something people found useful in its predecessors. Tap or click here to see what fell and why it might not return.

Markup was introduced with iOS 10, giving iPhone users more incredible photo editing capabilities. With Markup, you can edit screenshots and photos, add signatures to PDFs or other documents, add text, and draw on images. Let’s dive deeper into this handy tool.

Drawing with formatting

You can draw on any picture on your phone to highlight a feature, add information, or make it more fun to share with others. Here’s how:

Open a photo and tap Edit and then the Markup button in the top right corner of your screen. It looks like a pencil in a circle. You can do the same with the contents of your File app. Select a tool such as the pen, highlighter or pencil and draw away. After making changes, tap Doneand then tap Done again.

Add shapes and more with Markup

You can add text, shapes and signatures to your photos.

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Open a photo and tap Edit and then the Markup button in the top right corner of your screen. It looks like a pencil in a circle. You can do the same with the contents of your File app. Tap the Plus button to add a Description, Text or Signature. Use Magnifying Glass to zoom in. (NOTE: Keep reading for instructions on how to add text or a signature.) After you’ve made your changes, tap Done, then tap Done again.

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Using Markup When Sending Email

You can edit a photo with Markup before sending it via email, or you can immediately draw a drawing and insert it into your message.

In the Mail app, tap the body of your email, then tap the gray arrow button or tap Return to open the formatting bar. You can also tap in your email, then tap the cursor and select Insert Photo or Video or Add Attachment. Tap the camera button or the document button and select the photo or PDF you want to attach and mark. You can also tap in the body and select the Markup button to create a new drawing and insert it into the email. Tap the attachment, then tap the gray arrow button, then tap the Markup button to make your changes. Tap the plus button to add a signature, text, and more. Tap Done and then send your email.

Add text and signatures with Markup

Let’s take a closer look at these two Markup options, starting with text:

Select a photo in your Photos app, then select Edit and then the Markup button. Tap the Plus button, then tap Text. Use the circles to choose different colors. Tap the text itself to cut, copy, delete, edit, or duplicate as needed. Use the format button, which looks like a small capital A next to a larger one, to adjust the font, size, and alignment. Tap Done and then Done again when you’re done.

To add a signature:

Select a photo in your Photos app, then select Edit and then the Markup button. Tap the Plus button and then Signature. Sign your name with your finger, then tap Done. Move the signature if necessary and tap it to make further changes. Tap Done and Done again when you’re done. Your signature will be saved for future use and you can delete it and create more.

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