How to Save PDF on iPhone XS Max/XS/XR/X/8/7/6S/6 etc?

Last Updated: January 8, 2018

Learning how to save PDF on iPhone would offer you great convenience when you don't want to connect to the internet again and again for the same PDF file on a website, or when you need to access the PDF on several idevices. How to save PDF on iPhone largely depends on where you get the PDF files, so here we would like to explain two main ways – Safari and computer web browser that you get PDF documents from, plus detailed guides on how to save PDF downloaded from Safari and web browsers to iPhone XS Max/XS/XR/X/8/7/6S etc in an easy and quick manner.

Save PDF to iPhone XS Max/XS/XR/X via DearMob iPhone Manager

DearMob iPhone Manager is a great data backup and transfer tool between iPhone iPad and computer. With built-in Book function, it can recognize any ebook, audiobook or document in PDF/EPUB/TXT/HTML and save PDF to iPhone from computer, or vice versa easily.

How to Download PDF on iPhone Directly from Safari?

Though Safari can directly open PDF files without the need of extra apps, but you need a PDF file reader like iBook, Amazon Kindle and Google Drive installed on iPhone first to get the access to save PDF to iPhone.

Save PDF on iPhone from Safari

Step 1. When you use Safari to browse a PDF, wait for the PDF file to load fully.

Step 2. After that, Tap on the PDF file and you will see a Open In pops up at the upeer section. If you are using a newer iOS like iOS 11, you may not see the Open In link, just read on.

Step 3. Tap on the Open In link and a list of apps on your iPhone will pop up, tap iBooks to open the PDF. Or you can just tap the icon looking like an arrow in a square from the bottom of your iPhone to find iBooks.

When you open the PDF with iBooks, it will also be saved to iPhone automatically from the Safari web browser that you can read later without internet. If you download PDF on iPhone with other PDF readers, you also needs them to read PDF.

How to Save PDF to iPhone from Computer's Browser?

Download PDF from Computer to iPhone

Step 1. Download PDF to Computer.
Find the PDF file you want to download on a web browser and download it on your computer directly, then the PDF will be saved to your Download Folder and you are suggested to copy it to the desktop for further transferring.

Step 2. Save PDF to iPhone.
You can use iTunes to realize that but iTunes may erase data like videos, music, contacts, etc on your iPhone. So, here we recommend you DearMob iPhone Manager.
Just download DearMob iPhone Manager, install and launch it on your computer -> connect your iPhone to computer via USB cable -> tap "Trust This Computer" if there is a message poping up on your iPhone -> click Book on the main UI of DearMob iPhone Manager to access the window to save PDF to iPhone -> click on "Add Book" to choose the PDF file you want to save -> click "Sync" to finish.

You can also export and import files such as keynotes, pages, excel sheets, nubmers with this iOS content manager.

Though method 2 seems more complicated and time-consuming than the first one, it is indeed more user-friendly and considerate. Regardless of the risk of direct saving PDF on iPhone, method 2 can detect if there is malware or virus in the PDF file on computer first. Besides, as we mentioned above, DearMob iPhone Manager is an iPhone data management tool that not only help save any interesting or meaningful PDF/EPUB/TXT/HTML files to iPhone from computer, but also transfer PDF books from iPhone to computer and convert EPUB to PDF for viewing on more platforms. Compatible with 12 types of iPhone data, there are more of DearMob iPhone Manager for you to explore.

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Joakim is a tech addict and mobile enthusiast ever since the Symbian era. Now as a technical writer, he loves to test software and devices, and share his discoveries in plain language. Jogging helps him think better and stay energized throughout the day.

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