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Question: How can I read pdfs on my iPhone?

I have many pdfs - mostly manuals, that I need to read on my iPhone.


How can I get a pdf onto my iPhone 6 plus?


How do I open it there and read it?


This includes, by the way, the iPhone manual, which is also a pdf.

iPhone 6 Plus, iOS 11.2, 64 Gb

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May 5, 2018 8:56 PM in response to Ocean 17 In response to Ocean 17

Ocean 17 wrote:


I sent an email to myself with the pdfs attached and am trying to do it that way.


Yeah - that's the way I would do it. If it's from a website it's easier to directly download. I've had PDF travel docs and emailed them to myself. I typically use webmail or a specific app (like Gmail) and I can typically view the docs and save them to the iBooks or Adobe Acrobat Reader directories. I prefer Adobe Acrobat Reader:


https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/adobe-acrobat-reader/id469337564?mt=8

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Apr 21, 2018 12:22 AM in response to Ocean 17 In response to Ocean 17

Where are these PDFs stored ? If on your computer you can add them to the phone's iBooks app via drag-and-drop (if you've updated to iTunes 12.7+ on the computer) from Finder/Windows Explorer onto the phone device in iTunes : Manually manage content on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using iTunes - Apple Support


Or via File Sharing if you want them in a different app (if the app supports file sharing) : About File Sharing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Apr 21, 2018 12:22 AM

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Apr 21, 2018 1:17 AM in response to King_Penguin In response to King_Penguin

The pdf is on my MacBook Pro.


Isn't there a folder where I can pull it and let the folder sync?


There is no "books" section in iTunes any more.


Filesharing - fileshare where? Where is a folder to move the pdf to?



The "move items manually" file is just talking about ringtones. Or music.


I have seen many threads about moving pdf online, but without a solution.


Those totally kiffed-away and wasted on drug marketers at Apple have stuffed so much commercial junk into iTunes that the interface has completely imploded with nonsense.


Apple used to have intelligent, minimalist, well thought-out interfaces. But ios and itumes have become cluttered junk, that is just like windows and is unintuitive and silly, and doing a simple thing like moving a file has become a problem.


But at least you can choose among a million ringtones and have emojis with poop and middlefingers.


I just want to read a pdf on my phone and I don't see any hint that this is possible.

Apr 21, 2018 1:17 AM

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Apr 21, 2018 2:31 AM in response to Ocean 17 In response to Ocean 17

Isn't there a folder where I can pull it and let the folder sync?

No

There is no "books" section in iTunes any more.

That's why I said use drag-and-drop if you are using iTunes 12.7


Or, as you've now said that you are using a Mac : Use iCloud Drive or iBooks to access your PDF files, ePub files, and books - Apple Support

The "move items manually" file is just talking about ringtones. Or music.

Have you actually tried it for the PDFs ?

Filesharing - fileshare where? Where is a folder to move the pdf to?

Not sure what you mean by 'where', the link that I have has simple instructions that you shows you how it works, have you read it ? Obviously it will only work with apps that support file sharing (which iBooks doesn't) and which support the type of file that you want to copy to it. And what 'folder' ? Why do you think you need to move the PDF into a folder ? You can copy them into any folder that you like on your Mac.

I just want to read a pdf on my phone and I don't see any hint that this is possible.

Obviously it's possible and easy to do. Which part of the simple instructions that I've linked to are you having problems with ?

Apr 21, 2018 2:31 AM

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May 5, 2018 6:08 PM in response to Ocean 17 In response to Ocean 17

I cannot drag pdfs into books, and I cannot add them via the "add" function.


I remember the days when Apple devices were about core functions that always worked. Now a simple file transfer isn't possible. When you go online, you see many apps that try to fill that void.


Here it confirms this in the last paragraph: the transfer of pdfs has been removed by Apple: https://www.iotransfer.net/tips/how-to-transfer-pdf-from-computer-to-iphone-438. php


Now it's all silly gaming and trash features for the immature. I now need to install an app to add this basic function to my effing iPhone.


IOS has become a piece of trash.

May 5, 2018 6:08 PM

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May 5, 2018 7:04 PM in response to Ocean 17 In response to Ocean 17

Email or downloading the PDF from the web are the easiest ways.


If it's small enough iMessage may also work.


If your phone and Mac are both relatively new, you should also be able to AirDrop the PDF file to your phone:


Use AirDrop to send content from your Mac - Apple Support

May 5, 2018 7:04 PM

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May 5, 2018 8:56 PM in response to Ocean 17 In response to Ocean 17

Ocean 17 wrote:


I sent an email to myself with the pdfs attached and am trying to do it that way.


Yeah - that's the way I would do it. If it's from a website it's easier to directly download. I've had PDF travel docs and emailed them to myself. I typically use webmail or a specific app (like Gmail) and I can typically view the docs and save them to the iBooks or Adobe Acrobat Reader directories. I prefer Adobe Acrobat Reader:


https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/adobe-acrobat-reader/id469337564?mt=8

May 5, 2018 8:56 PM

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May 5, 2018 8:59 PM in response to y_p_w In response to y_p_w

I did it that way.


One pdf was 18mb - but email accepted it.


I have another with 38 Mb - the manual for DaVinci Resolve, just short of 1100 pages - I'll likely look for a web download or use Hightail to send it to myself.


What is ridiculous is that it's so difficult to get files to your phone.


There is an app, lawo, which would be good for me as it touches the Asian market, but I can't post images there as I cannot access my images on my iPhones.


I wish IOS would become a little bit more reasonable like a computer OS, not the computer OS becoming a bit more ridiculous and impractical like ios.

May 5, 2018 8:59 PM

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