How to save PDF files to the Books app on iPhone and iPad

In this tutorial, we are going to tell you how to get a PDF file on your Books shelf for safekeeping and easy access.

So, your friend just sent you a PDF copy of a new 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 Books app.

You can open any PDF file in Books and save it there by following a few simple steps. 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.

When the file is open, tap the Share button and select Books or Copy to Books depending on the app you’re using. This will open the PDF directly in the Books app. You can then simply use Books to read the PDF or save it there.

Books should save automatically, but other PDFs may require to save a copy manually. Tap the Share button at the top and select Copy to Books. The PDF will be saved and you can access it in the Library tab anytime.

Books, PDF, Copy to Books on iPhone

You can quickly jump to the PDF section of your Books Library as well. Select the Library tab, tap Collections, and choose PDFs.

Books, Library, Collections, PDFs on iPhone

You can save any PDF to Books on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Now you can save all of those digital role-playing game books you backed on Kickstarter right in Books. And if you own a Kindle, check out how to send a PDF to your eReader too!