How to Save Webpages to iBooks as PDF on iPhone & iPad for Offline Access

May 11, 2016 - 5 Comments

iBooks in iOS You can easily save any webpage to iBooks as a PDF file for later reading on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch by using a new feature built into the action sheet of iOS. This ability will create a PDF of the active web page and store it in iBooks in iOS, available for quick later access or offline viewing.

To have access to the “Save PDF to iBooks” feature in iOS, you’ll need to be sure you’re running a modern version of system software on the iPhone or iPad, anything over iOS 9 will have the Save to PDF feature, earlier versions of iOS do not without using this bookmarklet trick.

How to Save a Web Page to iBooks as a PDF in iOS

  1. Open Safari and visit a web page you wish to save as a PDF
  2. Tap the Sharing action button, it’s the square with an arrow flying out of it
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  4. Scroll over on the Sharing actions until you see “Save PDF to iBooks” and tap on that
  5. Save a webpage to iBooks as PDF

  6. A PDF will be generated of the webpage in question, available for access at anytime by it’s name found in the iOS iBooks application
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The webpage is saved into iBooks and opened through the iBooks app in iOS:

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In these screenshot examples we saved this guide for unlocking an iPhone 6s but you can obviously use any webpage you want.

Quite easy and very convenient for situations where you want to have access to an article or webpage at a later time on your iPhone or iPad, without having to relocate the URL, the webpage, or even being online.

If you’re wanting to save a long article, be sure you select the “Single Page” view on websites that break up articles across many pages. This can be helpful for reading just about anything on the web through a PDF editor, as the files will be stored in the iBooks app of iOS until you delete them yourself. You can even share the saved PDF webpages if you’d like too.

Similarly useful features have long existed on the Mac and desktop computers with the “Print to PDF” ability available in just about every app of OS X.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks

5 Comments

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  1. Eoin says:

    Weird! I looked this up two days ago – you’re a day late :P

    • Luis says:

      I found it when I installed iOS 9, the first iOS to come with this feature. By the way the file saved will look nicer if you turn on reading mode before creating the pdf. Reading mode can be turned on by tapping the icon on the left side of the address bar in Safari.

      • Luis says:

        Sorry the correct name is reader view, not reading mode, for the feature I recommended to turn on before creating the pdf (which they did in the example above).

  2. Chuck says:

    Excellent tip, thank you.

  3. Alan hopkins says:

    Yes I tried it on this page here using my iPhone 6+ and guess what? No sign of save to iBook. “File App” I still love you

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