Open & Save PDF’s to iBooks on iPhone and iPad
Want to open a PDF file and save it to your iOS device so that you can read it later? The best way to do that is by downloading the PDF file into the iBooks app, which runs on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
You’ll need iBooks installed to do this, which most people should have already, and at that point you can easily save any PDF and then access it later.
If you’re unfamiliar with the process, here is what you’ll need to do:
Saving PDF to Books on iPhone & iPad
- First you need to open the PDF on your iPhone/iPad, this can be done through eMail or Safari
- Once the PDF is open, click on the “Open in iBooks” button in the upper right corner
- Anytime you open a PDF with iBooks like this, it stores a copy in your iBooks library for accessing later
- Now you can access that PDF from iBooks, anytime
If the “Open in iBooks” button is not immediately visible, be sure to wait for the full PDF to download, then tap on the document again and it should become visible.
This is really nice because it lets you access those PDF files on your iOS device later even when you are not online, and you can skim through it like any other iBook within the app, because it literally downloads the PDF to your device whether it’s from the web or an email.
You can also sync these PDF’s as books within iTunes too for easy backing up, or if you are looking to transfer one that way.
This works on any iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch running the iBooks application. This really is the easiest way to get a PDF file onto your iPad or iPhone for use in iBooks, and it works with literally any PDF file, whether it’s a document, manual, book, a proof sheet, or something of your own creation.
The iBooks app was later renamed to “Books”, but the function still exists the same – you can store downloaded PDF files into the app with ease.
Thanks to reader Dustin L for sending in this tip and screenshot!