Apple is the largest tech companies in the world. They literally sell millions of iPhones every year. On any given day, someone who has just started using an iOS device will start reading iDownloadBlog. Because we know that there are a lot of “noobs” out there who don’t know every aspect of their iPhone or iPad, we like to have a tutorial on the basics every once in a while.
We know that a lot of our readers are well versed in the nitty-gritty of their devices and don’t need a refresher course. However, we also know that there are plenty of new readers who could use some pointers, but are afraid to ask. That’s why we write these basic tutorials. We want everyone to know how to do everything on an iOS devices.
In this tutorial, we are going to tell you how to get a PDF file on your iBooks shelf for safekeeping and easy access.
So, your friend just sent you a PDF copy of Dan Brown’s newest novel and you want to read it on your iPhone. I’m not going to ask how your friend got a free copy of a brand new best seller, but I am going to tell you how to add it to your iBooks app.
You can save any PDF file to iBooks by following a few simple steps. There is one prerequisite: you must already have the iBooks app installed on your device. iBooks comes pre-installed on all new iOS devices, but in case you are running an older version of the operating system, you can download iBooks for free from the App Store.
The following instructions work for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
How to save PDF to iPhone or iPad
First, open the file from somewhere in your iOS device. It can be sent to you through email, saved in your Dropbox folder, picked up from a Web browser, or anywhere that a PDF file can be saved. Now the way to add the PDF to iBooks slightly varies depending on where you are getting this PDF from.
If you are getting the PDF from Safari
When the file is open, tap on the screen to call up the “Open In” tab (in Safari, the tab will show up right after the download is complete, but will disappear after about a second) and select iBooks. So briefly tap once on the screen to make it appear again. At that time, you can select “Open in iBooks,” which will open up iBooks and save the file there.
If you are getting the PDF from other apps
Other apps, including the Mail application, will require you to select the “Share” button first. The Share button looks like a square with an arrow pointing upward. For example, if you have opened a PDF file in Dropbox, you can save it to iBooks by tapping the Share icon. When you tap the icon, a list of options will appear. Select Open In and then select “Copy to iBooks”.
After the file opens in iBooks, it will automatically be saved to the reading app. So, when you go back to your iBooks library, you will see it sitting on your PDFs shelf.
You can switch between books and PDFs by selecting the tab at the center-top of the bookshelf. Depending on which shelf you are in, it will either read, Books, Audiobooks, or PDFs.
You can save any PDF to iBooks on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. You just have to make sure the app is installed on your devices before you select the Open In tab or the Share option. Now you can save all of those digital role-playing game books you backed on Kickstarter right in iBooks. Game on!