Save PDF Files on the iPhone or iPad

iBooks IconWhile surfing the web, you may occasionally find PDF files that catches your interest. These can be things such as user manuals, restaurant menus, or instructional forms. It may be helpful to save these PDFs for later reading. Rather than bookmarking the website, you can simply save the PDFs in iBooks.

While in Safari, open the PDF file. In the example below, there is a link to the iPhone User Guide on the Apple website. Tapping on the link will open the PDF file.

Website with PDF


When the PDF file opens, select the button labeled “Open in iBooks” in the top right of the document. If the button isn’t visible, tap the screen for it to appear.

Open in iBooks


The PDF file will open in iBooks and will be automatically be saved. The PDF file is saved to the iBooks library. To view the library, select the “back” button in the top left of the screen.

Back Button in iBooks


All your saved documents will appear in the library. You can rearrange or delete items in the library.

iBooks Library


You can also save PDF files you receive as email attachments. While viewing the email in the Mail app, you will see an icon for the PDF file.

PDF in Email


Simply tap and hold on the PDF file and a window will appear with the option to “Copy to iBooks”. The PDF file will open in iBooks and is automatically saved to the library.

Copy to iBooks


Saving PDF files in iBooks allows you to read the documents even if you are not connected to the Internet.