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How to Open PDFs on Your iPhone

"Learn how to open PDFs on your iPhone with this easy step-by-step guide. Get the instructions you need to start reading PDFs on your iOS device right away."

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Published May 10, 2022

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 5 minutes

What you'll need: iPhone

  • To open a PDF document on an iPhone, you need to install an app that supports PDFs.
  • Learning how to open PDFs on an iPhone can save time and make it easier to access important documents on the go.
  • In this article, you'll learn how to open PDFs on your iPhone.

Opening a PDF on an iPhone is easy and can be done in no time. In this article, we'll explain the process for opening a PDF file on your iPhone and provide some tips for navigating through the document quickly. We'll also explain how to save or share the PDF you're viewing with others. By the end of this guide, you'll know exactly how to open up and navigate through PDFs on your iPhone so you can access important documents whenever you need them!

how to open pdf on iphone

Opening a PDF on an iPhone is easy and quick. Simply tap on the document icon or preview link to open the PDF, then press the Share button located at the bottom of your screen. From here you can select "Open in..." and choose whether you want to open it in iBooks, Adobe Acrobat Reader, another compatible third-party app, or share via other services such as emailing it or sending it via messaging apps.

  1. Download the Adobe PDF Reader app from the App Store.
  2. Launch the app and sign in.
  3. Open the file you want to read in your Files app, email or web browser.

Our takeaway

If you're like most iPhone users, sometimes you receive important documents in the form of a PDF. With the steps outlined above, now you know how to quickly and easily open PDFs on your phone! Working with PDFs has never been simpler or more convenient; so go ahead and take advantage of all the possibilities that your iPhone offers! To ensure that everything works correctly, remember to regularly update both iOS and third-party software. Not only will this make sure that you get access to new features but it also helps keep your device secure. Now that you know how to open PDFs on your phone, no document is out of reach!


1. What versions of iOS support viewing PDF files?

All versions of iOS, from iOS 9 and above, support viewing PDF files.

How do I transfer a PDF from my computer to my iPhone?

You can transfer a PDF file from your computer to your iPhone by using iTunes. Connect your device to the computer and click on the device tab in iTunes, then select “Apps”. Scroll down through the list of apps and select “File Sharing”. Then select the app you desire to use for viewing the PDF files, such as GoodReader or iBooks. Select “Add File…” and browse for the desired PDF file on your computer. The file should be transferred to your iPhone.

Is there an app available to open and view PDF files on the iPhone?

Yes, Apple's iBooks app is pre-installed on most iPhones and can be used to open, view, organize, and store PDF files. For more advanced features like editing PDFs or organizing libraries of PDF documents, Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for free from the App Store.

Is it possible to print a PDF file directly from the iPhone?

Yes, it is possible to print a PDF file directly from the iPhone. iOS 10 and higher versions support AirPrint, which enables users to wirelessly print files including PDFs from their iPhones. It also supports printing over USB to printers compatible with Apple’s Lightning connector.

How can I store or bookmark a PDF for easy access on my iPhone?

For iOS 9 and later, you can store and access PDFs in the Books app. To add a PDF to your library, tap ‘Add’ in the top right corner, then select ‘Copy to Books’. If you’re using an earlier version of iOS, you can save PDFs to iBooks by tapping the Share icon in Safari and choosing 'Copy to iBooks'. The iCloud Drive app also offers long-term storage options for all file types.

This article was originally published on 10 May 2022 but has been regularly updated to keep the information current.
Kyle Crisp
Kyle has been using Apple products for over 25 years. He loves helping people learn how to use their Apple devices.
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