How to save, sign and mark up PDFs with the Books app on iOS

Mark Up PDF in the Books app iPhone

If you work with PDFs, then you may have scoured the App Store for a helpful iPhone app. But what you might not know is that you already have a full-featured app for PDFs built right in.

The Apple Books app on iPhone and iPad can do more than just give you the books you want to read. You can save, share, sign, and mark up PDFs with it. If this is new to you, we’re here to help. Here’s how to save and mark up PDF files with the Books app on iOS.

Save, sign, or mark up a PDF on iPhone in Books

Save a file, email, or page to Books

Depending on where you are saving the file from, whether the Files app, a webpage, or an email, you’ll be sending it to the Books app from the Share menu. So, you may need to add it to your sharing options.

Save a PDF from Files

1) Tap and hold the file to open the shortcut menu.

2) Select Share.

3) Choose Open in Books.

Save File as PDF iPhone

Save an attachment from Mail

1) Tap and hold the file to open the shortcut menu.

2) Select Share.

3) Choose Copy to Books.

Save Email Attachment as PDF iPhone

Save an email from Mail

1) Open the email in your Mail app.

2) Tap the Actions button (reply arrow).

3) Select Print.

4) When the print preview opens, spread your fingers on it outward to make it larger.

5) You’ll then see the Share button on the top right, tap it.

6) Choose Copy to Books.

Save Email as PDF iPhone

Save a webpage in Safari

1) Open the webpage and tap the Appearance button at the top.

2) Select Show Reader View.

3) Tap the Share button at the bottom.

4) Choose Books.

Save Webpage as PDF iPhone

Mark up, sign, or share the PDF

Once you have the PDF saved, open the Books app and tap Library at the bottom. Then select your PDF and you can sign it or mark it up and then share it.

Tap the Markup button at the top. You’ll then see your pen, marker, and highlighter tools at the bottom for you to mark up the document.

If you tap the plus sign at the bottom, you get additional options to add text, a signature, a shape, or an arrow.

Mark Up PDF in Books iPhone

When you finish making your edits, tap the Markup button again to return to the main screen for the PDF. From there, you can share or send it with the Share button at the top. You can also share the PDF from the Library tab using the More button (three-dot icon) below the PDF.

Share PDF from Books iPhone

Remove a PDF from Books

If you want to delete a PDF you’ve saved to the Books app, you can do it in a few simple steps.

1) Tap the More button below the PDF on the Library tab.

2) Select Remove.

3) Choose to Remove from Reading Now, Remove Download, or Delete Everywhere.

Remove PDF from Books iPhone

Wrapping it up

As you can see, the Books app on your iPhone or iPad is good for things beyond just reading your favorite novels. Are you going to take advantage of it for marking up or signing your PDFs? Let us know!

For more, read up on how to see only downloaded books in the Books app or how to change the skip seconds in both Books and Podcasts.