Using Matterport for iPhone

The Matterport Capture app is the first step in creating your own 3D model of a physical space. Once installed, you'll need a compatible camera - which now includes the iPhone camera in your pocket - to capture and create your first 3D digital twin.

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Matterport for iPhone (currently in Beta) is a new 3D capture method that comes bundled with the latest version of the Matterport Capture App (4.0) for iOS. This guide will walk you through each necessary step to capture, modify, and share a digital twin with your iPhone or iPad. 

Introduction 

What is a digital twin?

A digital twin is a dimensionally accurate 3D digital representation of a built space such as a residential or a commercial building. Matterport’s powerful all-in-one 3D data platform lets you turn a space into an accurate and immersive digital twin. Click here to see some examples in our 3D Model Gallery.

How can I capture a space to create a digital twin?

A capture device such as a camera is required to scan the space. Matterport works with a wide range of digital cameras including our own Matterport Pro2 camera and select 360° cameras. Selection depends on your immediate and growing needs over time. Click here to learn more.

When should I use Matterport for iPhone (versus using the Pro2 or other 360° cameras)? 

The Pro2 camera is the gold standard for 3D capture, bar none. The hardware loaded into the Pro2 creates exceptional dimensional accuracy, as well as stunning image quality for all types of spaces, big and small. 

360° cameras, on the other hand, are perfect for capturing smaller spaces where a high degree of accuracy is unnecessary. 

iPhone Capture is the best choice when a Pro2 or 360° cameras aren't a feasible option - it's a great way to test the waters of 3D capturing without committing to a pricey purchase. Use the iPhone in your pocket to create a digital twin that is on-par with other 360° cameras' image quality - or even better in some cases - depending on the resolution of your iPhone's camera.

Before you begin   

What you'll need 

  1. An active Matterport account - sign up here or sign up inside the app. 

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  2. An iPhone 6S or higher, or an iPad Air 2 or higher - reference the list below to see all compatible iOS devices. 
Supported iPhone models  Supported iPad models 

iPhone 11 Pro 

iPhone 11 Pro Max 

iPhone 11 

iPhone SE (2nd generation) 

iPhone XS 

iPhone XS Max 

iPhone XR 

iPhone X 

iPhone 8 Plus 

iPhone 7 Plus 

iPhone 7 

iPhone SE (1st generation)

iPhone 6s Plus 

iPhone 6s

iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation) 

iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation) 

iPad Air (3rd generation) 

iPad (7th generation) 

iPad mini (5th generation) 

iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation) 

iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation) 

iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation) 

iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation) 

iPad Pro 10.5-inch 

iPad Pro 9.7-inch 

iPad Air 2 

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Set up your first scan

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  1. Tap the Matterport Capture app on your iPhone's home screen to open the app. 
  2. Sign in to your Matterport account within Capture to get started
    • If you do not yet have an account, you can sign up and try for free.
  3. Initiate the scan by tapping on the + button at the bottom right corner of the screen.  Job_Gallery_-_01.png
  4. In the New Job window that appears, edit the address information. 
  5. Tap the Save button at the top-right of the screen.
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  6. In the window that opens, tap the Options button at the bottom-left of the screen. Job_-_01_-_Empty__5_.png

Choose between Simple Scan and Complete Scan 

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In the Scan Options window that opens, make sure 3D Scan is selected in the top menu. Then select either Simple Scan or Complete Scan. Let's go over the differences. 

Simple Scan method (iPhone X)  Complete Scan method (iPhone X) 
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Notice the blurring in the ceiling area Notice the clarity in the ceiling area

Simple Scan 

The Simple Scan method uses one, 360° full rotation (1-ring) to capture the space - though this is the faster of the two methods, it also has the smallest vertical field of view. This means you will encounter blurry areas at the tops and bottoms (ceilings and floors) of your scans. This is not an ideal method if you're scanning a property with high ceilings, or wish to capture ceiling details. 

Simple Scan taken with iPhone 11 Pro 

The Simple Scan method should be used if you have an iPhone 11 or higher, as these cameras feature ultra-wide field-of-view lenses. The iPhone 10 and below do not have this feature built in, making the Complete Scan method a superior choice. 

Complete Scan 

The Complete Scan method uses three, 360° full rotations (3-ring) to capture the space - though this method takes longer to scan, it provides a wider vertical field of view by capturing the middle, upper, and lower sections of the space. This is the superior method if the space you are scanning has high ceilings, or if you wish to capture ceiling details.

Complete Scan taken iPhone 11 Pro 

The Complete Scan method is a better option if you're using an earlier version of the iPhone (iPhone 10 or lower), and is better suited for rooms and smaller spaces. 

Don't be afraid to try both - see what works for you! 

Try both Complete and Simple scanning methods - regardless of what device you're using - to see which method provides the best results!

Capturing for the best digital twin quality 

The key to a successful 3D capture is to keep your iPhone stable vertically and horizontally, then rotate the camera as if your phone was placed on a tripod. Remember, the idea is for you to rotate yourself around the camera as it remains still (as opposed to rotating the camera around you, like when you take a panoramic shot). Reference the images below: 

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Note: Using a monopod or tripod is not required, but can make scanning with your iPhone significantly easier, especially if you are scanning larger spaces. Using a mono/tripod can improve the quality of the model by reducing the movement of your camera, which ultimately improves alignment. 

Start capturing 

  1. Hit the Capture icon to begin your scan.
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  2. Follow the on-screen guide, which will instruct you to aim your phone at a series of white dots. 

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    • You can track the progress of your scan by looking at the pink rings around each of the dots.  
  3. Once you have a completed a single 360° rotation, or three 360° rotations (depending on your capture method), the screen will read Processing Panorama
    • This means the Matterport app is stitching together the series of images you captured. 
  4. Move to your next scan location. 
    • This should be 5-8 feet (1.5-2 meters) from your previous scan. 
  5. Hit the Capture icon to take your next scan. 
    • If you're the proper distance away, Capture will automatically align your new scan with the previous one. 
  6. Reference your scan positions on the mini map - see below: Job_-_01_-_Empty__3_.png

Upload your scan to Matterport Cloud 

  1. When you're finished scanning, hit the Upload button at the top-right of the Capture window. 

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  2. Confirm the Upload without marks message that appears. 
  3. If you are part of multiple organizations, ensure that the desired organization is selected. 
  4. Tap the Upload button once more to send your model to Matterport Cloud. 

Matterport's Cortex AI will begin converting your 2D panoramic images into a 3D digital twin - you will be notified via email when your model is ready to view. This usually takes a couple of minutes. 

Use Workshop to edit your digital twin  

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You can use Matterport's online toolbox, known as Workshop, to edit and enhance your scan to make it more polished and presentable. In this section, we'll give you a general overview of how these tools work - feel free to click on any of the associated links to learn more. 

360° Views tool 

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Use this tool to add any 360° scans you may have taken during your shoot - these are taken when shooting outdoor environments (like the front or back yard of a property). By adding your 360° scans to your 3D scan, users can virtually "step outside" of the property to see it from afar, in the sunlight. 

Mattertags tool

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Use Mattertags to label different aspects of your scan - point out aspects of the environment that are unique. You can also share media inside Mattertags - for example, place a Mattertag on your sofa then directly link it to the vendor it came from. 

Highlight Reel tool

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A highlight reel is a significant tool for immersion in your 3D model - it's a series of ongoing, 2D snapshots that highlights the most significant parts of your scanned space. This allows users to "virtually tour" your scan, following a path that you set using this tool. 

Measurement tool 

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Use the measurement tool to identify and measure landmark features like doorways, windows, and ceiling heights - you can save these measurements for personal record keeping, or share them with other users.

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Take specific still (or 360°) images of different parts of your model and share them with others.

Share your digital twin 

Once you've uploaded your scan to Matterport Cloud, you can share your model publicly with other user Matterport users, via social media, or using Google Street View, Vrbo and HomeAway, and realtor.com.

Keep in mind, if you're a free user, you can only upload and share one space at a time. That being said, as a free user you can archive your one free space if you'd like to share another

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Edit your location information 

Location information helps us set the location of the digital twin automatically, and to align scans. If you have enabled location access during the sign up from your iPhone, your address will be automatically filled in, and will be visible publicly if you make your digital twin public and share.

If you continued on with your iPhone capture without deleting any location info, you can delete this information after you’ve taken your scan by manipulating the space settings in Matterport Cloud - follow the instructions below to change your personal information inside Showcase.

  1. Go to my.matterport.com
  2. Find and open the space with address information you’d like to alter
  3. When the space is open in Showcase, hit the Details button at the top-left of the Showcase window
  4. In the window that opens you can fully alter (or remove) Public Details, Address Visibility, and Internal Details sections
  5. To remove all address information, click the None bubble under the Address Visibility section
  6. Hit the Save button at the top-right of the window to keep your changes

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Help us make Matterport for iPhone better 

Feedback? Please email us at capture-beta@matterport.com

Need support? Please email us at iphonesupport@matterport.com 

Help center resources 

Want to learn more about Matterport on iPhone? Check out the support articles below: 

  1. Matterport for iPhone FAQ
  2. Getting Started
  3. How-to Videos and Tips
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