PDFs is the new name for literally every important document in our lives nowadays. All email attachments in your smartphone, whether from university or from your workplace, contains a PDF. This actually stands for Portable Document Format and the best part about is exactly what it is named after its portability.
Apple gives you the option to work with PDFs as well. The only problem is that you need to know first that where would you want to actually save it. In this article, we shall walk you through downloading a PDF from the web browser, from your email or getting it downloaded from your Mac or Personal Computer.
Method One: Saving a PDF from Email or your Web browser
Whenever you are working with your Safari browser or your Mail app, you can follow the instructions stated below and get your PDFs in your device.
- To start off, tap on the PDF file, either on your Safari browser or the Mail app, and you will see the contents of the PDF file.
- Now, go to the Share option, the button that features a box with an arrow pointing out.
- You can find it in the bottom-left in Mail or in the middle of the bottom bar in the Safari web browser.
- Once the Share button is pressed, it will show the share sheet, which is basically a window with different options for sharing the document. The share sheet has several options for saving the PDF file, which depends upon your preference as to how you want to see the file later.
- If you wish to view the PDF in iBooks, you can go ahead and Copy to iBooks. This is a great way to view PDFs, but you might end up cluttering your eBook library with all such files.
- In order to save these files in cloud storage, choose Save to Files. You can find the Files app is the Window’s File Explorer or Mac OS’s Finder window for the iPad. It is how you open and saves files to your cloud storage services like iCloud Drive, Google Drive and Dropbox — all in one convenient place. You can locate the file later by opening the Files app and looking for the folder you chose to save it.
Method Two: Turning a Web Page Into a PDF on Your iPhone or iPad
If you are working on a project and are collecting data, if you want to save it for later, you can have the web page as a PDF. Web pages are in the form of “HTML.” Apple is here to save the day so it built an HTML-to-PDF converter into the Safari web browser. You can follow the same instructions to create a PDF out of a web page just as you use to save a PDF.
- Go ahead and Tap the Share button.
- Choose Save PDF to iBooks in the share sheet that appears on the screen. The web page will be converted to PDF format and saved to your iBooks.
- If you go ahead and choose the Reader View, it will take all advertisements off from the web page and organize the material for easier reading. You can enable it by tapping the button with horizontal lines at the top of the screen just to the left of the website address. Web pages when used in Reader View are usually much easier to read than the original page.
Method Three: Downloading a PDF file to Your iPhone/iPad From Your Mac
Wireless sharing is something that Apple does best. AirDrop is an amazing feature by Apple aimed at smooth wirelessly transferring files between Apple devices. The devices, however, need to be on the same Wi-Fi network. This is how they will be able to find each other.
- To start off, locate the PDF on your Mac. The PDF will open for you in the Preview app.
- The Mac has a similar Share icon to the iPhone and iPad. Find it.
- After finding the Share button, choose AirDrop from the menu.
- In order for your iPhone or iPad to show up, they need to fulfill the following conditions.
- The devices should be on the same Wi-Fi network.
- The devices must have AirDrop enabled in settings
- They also must not be in sleep/suspended mode.
- If you are not sure How AirDrop works, you can find it all here.
- While you share the PDF using AirDrop, your iPhone or iPad will ask you how the method in which you will want to open it. You can choose iBooks, Files, Cloud storage option that has been installed on the device. For those of you who wish to read it on Amazon’s Kindle app, if installed in your iPhone, you can choose that as an option as well.
Method Four: Transfering a PDF to Your iPhone/iPad From Windows
One of the best methods to transfer a PDF file from a Windows-based PC to an iPhone or iPad is by using an iCloud Drive. Turn on iCloud for your iPhone or iPad, you may copy files from Windows to iOS. You can do this by going to the Settings app, tap your Apple ID account at the top of Settings, choose iCloud and move to tap the on/off button next to iCloud Drive.
Keep in mind that you will also need to have iCloud for Windows installed on your PC beforehand. This will set up a special folder on your PC that performs the job of synchronizing the files that are stored on iCloud with both your PC and your smartphone.
Once you are done with all of this, you can move ahead and follow these steps.
- First of all, open an explorer window on your Windows PC.
- Look for the PDF file that you plan to transfer to your iPhone or iPad.
- Right-click the file and choose Copy from the pop-up menu that appears.
- Tap iCloud Drive in the Quick access menu on the left side of the folder window.
- Move on to where you want the PDF file stored in iCloud Drive. You can create a folder if you wish, specifically for PDFs where you can store such files.
- When you have located the folder where you want to have these files saved, right-click the folder and choose Paste.
- Voila! You’re done! You can access the file on your iPhone or iPad using the Files app.
Did you find these methods helpful? Let us know which methods you would like to follow in the comments down below.