Scan a Room With the Camera of Your Mobile Device (iOS)

Use the camera of your iPhone or iPad to scan a room and create a floor plan within seconds.

By using magicplan's 'Scan with camera' feature, you are able to use your device's camera to scan and capture a room in real time. All you need to do is mark corners, doors and windows, and magicplan will work its magic by creating a floor plan for you!

To get started, make sure your iOS device supports ARKit and that the lighting is sufficient. Tip: If your scanning mode does not look like the one in the video below, your Sensor Capture mode is probably still enabled. An explanation on how to disable Sensor Capture can be found here

Have an Android device? Learn how to scan a room with your device here.

Now, let's go over how to scan a room with your iOS device! 

  1. Open magicplan on your device and go to the home screen. 
  2. Tap on ➕ to create a New Project.
  3. Tap on ➕ to Add a Room, then select 'Scan with camera'. Select the floor and room type you want to capture.
  4. Follow the instructions to calibrate your device – aim at your feet and slowly move it in circles.
    Tip: If you aim at your feet and nothing happens, move to a part of the room with better lighting conditions and start moving your device in circles, even if the instructions haven't appeared yet.
  5. Capture the perimeter of a room by aiming at its corners. The green indicator shows you where the next corner is going to be set; a white grid will help you to navigate through the room. You can mark corners by tapping ADD CORNER or you can aim through obstacles on the floor with the help of the white grid. Finish the capture by aiming at the first corner again or by tapping DONE.
  6. After capturing all corners of a room, set the ceiling height by using the grid to move from the floor corner to the ceiling. Once you have found the correct height, tap DONE to finish.
  7. Now you can start adding windows and doors by aiming at each opening and tapping DETECT. The app automatically captures the location, size and type.
    Tip: If magicplan is not able to detect a window or door, you can manually set a frame and assign an object type.
  8. After a window or door is detected, you can easily choose the door or window type by scrolling through the carousel on the bottom of the screen.
  9. Tap DONE, wait a few seconds and the floor plan will automatically be created - works like magic!


Learn how magicplan is using LiDAR technology to scan a room here