How to Save PDF on iPhone or iPad

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PDF files are a great way to share information, as they can be shared across and viewed on a large number of platforms, including your iPhone or iPad. Apple even makes it easy to save a PDF directly to your iPhone or iPad so you can easily find and view it later, even if you don’t have an internet connection. Examples of all instructions in the steps can be seen in both the YouTube video above and the image collection located beneath the steps.

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Steps to Save PDF on iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Safari app on your iPhone or iPad, navigate to the site where the PDF you want to save to your device is located, and then open the PDF. In this example, I’ll navigate to a sample PDF available on
  2. Tap the “Share” icon on the screen. The Share icon is a box with an upward-pointing arrow laid over the top of it. A menu is displayed.
  3. Tap “Save to Files.” A Save screen opens, asking where you want to save your PDF file.
  4. Navigate to the location where you want to save your PDF file. In this example, I’ll save this PDF file to a Downloads folder in my iCloud drive. Tap “Save” after choosing your location. The menu screen will close and you’ll return to your PDF in Safari.
  5. Close Safari and then navigate to the location where you saved the PDF file on your iPhone or iPad. From here, you can open the PDF file, or send it to someone else.
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