Tips: Save, Share, Print, Annotate, Edit PDF files on iPhone and iPad


PDFs have become so popular that almost everyone uses them. You may receive PDFs containing content such as invitations, signings, ID cards or reports. And here are some tips: Save, Share, Print, Annotate, Edit PDF files on iPhone and iPad.

1. Save PDF to iPhone and iPad

If you receive a PDF file by email, saving it to your device is easy. Email clients have different implementation steps, but provide the same options. Here are the steps you can take with Apple Mail app:

  • Open the message containing the PDF file in the Mail application.
  • Touch the PDF to display the email content. If your device supports Force Touch, you can tap and hold to open the file.
  • When the PDF opens, click Share.

Depending on the options you have set up on your device, select the option from the service that is displayed, such as Dropbox or Google Drive. To save the file to your device, touch Save to Files, select the folder location, click Add and the folder will be saved to the Files app.

2. Share PDF files from iPhone and iPad

Sharing a PDF file is as simple as saving it. You follow the steps above and choose sharing options like Facebook or instant messaging. If you saved the PDF file to the Files app and decided to share it then follow the instructions below:

  • Open the Files app.
  • Select the PDF file you want to share.
  • Touch the Share button and select the desired sharing option.

If you want to share files via a forwarding email, here is what you need to do with the iOS Mail app (other email clients are similar):

  • Open the mail containing the PDF file in the Mail application.
  • Touch the Reply / Forward / Print button in the email and select Forward.
  • In the window that appears, select Include to include the attachment.
  • Continue by selecting a contact and add a message. When done, touch and Send to send the mail.

3. Print PDF files from iPhone and iPad

Printing a PDF file on the device also has the same steps as saving or sharing files.

  • You open the file on the email or the Files app.
  • Touch Share> Print.
  • Select printer, number of copies, page range.
  • Click Print located in the upper right corner of the screen to print.

4. Annotate PDF files on iPhone and iPad

To annotate PDF files on your iPhone and iPad, do the following:

  • Open the PDF file on the email or the Files app.
  • Touch the Markup button in the upper right corner.
  • Select and use the annotation tool at the bottom.
  • Click Done.

Note: If you open the file from the Mail app, you will be asked to choose from Reply All, New Message or Discard Changes. This will send the annotated version to the recipient.

To make notes for personal use, you must save the PDF file first. Then follow the steps above and when you touch Done, the saved version will appear in the Files app.

5. Edit or sign PDF files on iPhone and iPad

While you can quickly make notes on a document on your device, editing and signing PDFs is a bit more difficult as there are currently no built-in features to do this, So you will have to rely on an application from 3rd party. Here are two of the best tools you can use:

Adobe Fill & Sign 

Adobe Fill & Sign for iOS performs what its name implies. You can complete or sign PDF forms with the application. To get started, just touch the screen in the corner of the application to open a PDF template. You can select locations from options such as email attachments, web pages, or the Files app.

Complete the profile in the application to save your details for future templates, create a signature or initials that you may reuse and save, or share completed PDF forms.

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Adobe Acrobat Reader for iOS gives you many features besides reading PDFs. You can add comments, notes, drawings and more. Alternatively, you can also create a signature to add to the document.

You need to create an account to use Adobe Acrobat Reader. The account is free and you can also use your Facebook or Gmail account. If you are interested in creating or exporting PDFs, you can purchase additional features in the application.


Here is an article that gives you some tips to manage PDFs on your iOS device. With this tutorial, you can save, share, print, edit PDFs on your iPhone and iPad quickly and conveniently, without the need for a computer.

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