Save and edit PDFs on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with the Books app

With Apple Books, you can store and mark up PDFs and more.

the Apple Books iOS app icon

You can add PDFs to your Apple Books Library on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac, then access your files on any of your other devices using iCloud Drive. Learn more about using Apple Books.

Save or import a PDF

You can save a PDF from your email or a website into the Books app. You can also save an email or webpage as a PDF, import PDFs from other apps, or add PDFs to your Apple Books Library on your Mac.

Save a PDF file attached to an email or on a website

On your iOS device, tap the PDF to open it, then tap the Share button . Swipe through the middle row, then tap Copy to Books.

Save an email or webpage as a PDF

  • In the Mail app, tap an email, tap the Reply button, then tap Print.1 Press firmly on the preview to pop into it. Then tap the Share button in the upper right corner. Swipe through the middle row and choose Copy to Books.
  • In Safari, open a webpage and tap the Share button . Swipe through the middle row and choose Save PDF to Books.2

Import a PDF from another app

Each third-party app is different. Steps might vary.

Look for an option to Share or the Share button . Then choose Copy to Books. You might also see an option to "Open in," then choose Copy to Books.

If you can't find anything like the above, look for an option to Print or AirPrint. Then follow the steps to save the PDF like you would for an email or webpage.

Add PDFs to your Library on Mac

Open Apple Books, then find your PDF file in Finder or on your Desktop and drag the file into your Library.

Your PDF will be available in the Books app on any iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac, as long as you're signed into the same Apple ID and have iCloud Drive turned on for Books.

 

1. In an email thread, you can also tap See More at the bottom of any single message, then tap the Reply button and choose Print. This lets you save an older email in the thread as a PDF.

2. If the webpage has Reader view available, you can also tap the Reader View button in the address bar to clean-up and simplify the webpage before you save it to Books.

 

An iPhone X with the Apple Books app open to a PDF with the Markup menu active.

View, mark up, or sign a PDF

Find the PDF that you want to view or mark up in the Library section of the Books app. Tap the PDF to open it. You can swipe through pages or scroll to read the document.

Tap the PDF to open the options menu.

  • Tap the Library button to close the PDF and return to your library.
  • Tap the Table of Contents button to view all pages in the PDF. You can also jump to any Bookmarks from here.
  • Tap the Share buttonto see your share or print options.
  • Tap the Markup button to draw and write on top of your PDF. If you print or email the PDF, it'll contain any signatures and markup that you’ve added to it. Learn more about using Markup.
  • Tap the Search button to find a word or phrase in the document or a specific page number.
  • Tap the Page Bookmark Off button to save your place for later.

 

 

A GIF of an iPhone X with the Apple Books app open and the Share options menu active.

Print or email a PDF

In the Library section of the Books app, find the PDF that you want to print or email. Tap the More Options button in the lower-right corner below the PDF, then tap Share PDF. Choose Mail or Print, then follow the onscreen instructions.

From the Share menu, you can also copy the PDF to paste somewhere else, send it via Messages, Save to Files, or import it to any other apps that appear.

Delete a PDF

In the Library section of the Books app, find the PDF that you want to delete, then tap the More Options button in the lower-right corner below the PDF’s cover icon. You might see one of two options:

  • Remove: Your PDF is currently downloaded to your device. Tap Remove, then choose Remove From Reading Now, Remove Download, or Delete Everywhere.
  • Delete Everywhere: Your PDF is stored in iCloud Drive and isn't currently taking up space on your device. 

Choose Delete Everywhere to remove the PDF from iCloud Drive on all of your devices.

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