[4 Ways] How to Transfer iBooks from iPhone to iPad

If you want to enjoy a bigger screen while reading, you may need this guide, offering you four workable methods about how to transfer iBooks from iPhone to iPad.


By Demi / Updated on May 31, 2024

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How to transfer iBooks from iPhone to iPad

I have iBooks on my iPhone that I downloaded from websites (not purchased via iTunes Store. I would like to transfer them to my iPad. How do I do this without connecting my devices to my laptop using iTunes?

- Question from Apple Community

More and more readers choose electronic books because they are more portable and cheaper than their paper counterparts. Which device do you prefer for reading, iPhone or iPad? While if you wonder how to transfer iBooks from iPhone to iPad for a wider screen for reading, you may need this guide to help you copy iBooks and PDF files from iPhone to iPad without any data loss.

[Recommended] Transfer iBooks from iPhone to iPad via FoneTool

The FoneTool is highly recommended when it comes to transferring iBooks from iPhone to iPad or vice versa. It provides you with a simple way to transfer multiple iBooks from iPhone to iPad at a time wirelessly.

Without any network limitation, the transfer process can be completed offline in a short time. Just download and install the app by scanning the QR code or searching its name in the App Store, and follow the steps below to make it.

MBackupper QR Code

Preparation: Save wanted iBooks to the Files app
If your iBooks have been saved in the Files app, you can skip to the transfer steps below. If not, here are the steps to save iPhone iBooks to the Files app.

Step 1. On your iPhone, go to the Books app > Locate the book and tap the three-dot icon > Scroll down to locate and choose Save to File.

Save PDF To Files

Step 2. Choose or create a new folder on your iPhone to save the books to the Files app > Tap Save to confirm. Repeat the steps to save all wanted iBooks to the Files app.

Steps to transfer iBooks from iPhone to iPad
Step 1. Enable Wi-Fi on both iPhone and iPad, and put them close to each other > Open FoneTool on iPhone > Choose Connect Device > Tap the name of iPad to establish a connection between iPhone and iPad.

Connect iPad

Step 2. On your iPhone, Click File Transfer > Files > Tap the plus icon > Import local files to add books from the Files app to FoneTool.

Import Local Files

Step 3. Check the wanted books > Tap Send to confirm.

Send PDF

Step 4. On your iPad, receive the transferred files. When it is finished, the books will be accessible on the Books app.

There is a desktop version called FoneTool available. If necessary, you can rely on it to transfer files among iOS devices and computer, and backup iPhone/iPad to PC to avoid data loss as well.

Custom Backup

How to transfer iBooks from iPhone to iPad with iTunes

iTunes offers you a way to sync iPhone and iPad, in which iBooks can be involved. But please be noted that you can only transfer purchased books from iPhone to iPad in this way. The purchased books are still available in iTunes library, and you can sync the iBooks to iPad with iTunes. Follow the steps below to sync iBooks to iPad with iTunes.

Step 1. Connect your iPad to computer > Open iTunes and click the phone icon > Click Books in the left sidebar.

Step 2. Choose All books or Selected books as per your needs > Click Apply in the lower-right corner to start syncing books to your iPad.

iTunes Sync Books

How to sync iBooks from iPhone to iPad using iCloud

You can also choose to sync all iBooks from iPhone to iPad with the help of iCloud. Make sure your iPhone and iPad are signed in with the same Apple ID, and follow the steps to make it.

Step 1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone > [your name] > Click iCloud > Switch on the iCloud Drive and iBooks toggles.

Toggle On iBooks

Step 2. Go back to Settings > Choose iBooks > Turn on Sync Collections. If you want to sync bookmarks at the same time, toggle on the switch next to Sync Bookmarks and Notes.

iBooks Sync Collections

Step 3. On your iPad, go to the Settings app > [your name] > iCloud > Toggle on iBooks.

Now, just wait for the books to be synced to your iPad patiently. Just in case, due to an unstable internet connection or any other reasons, you may need this guide: iBooks not syncing between iPhone and iPad when the process fails. 

How to copy iBooks from iPhone to iPad by AirDrop

In the case of transferring files from iPhone to iPad, you may think of AirDrop. The process can be quick and precise after connecting iPhone and iPad in the air.

Step 1. On both iPhone and iPad, go to the Control Center > Turn on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and AirDrop > Choose Contacts Only or Everyone.

Access AirDrop

Step 2. Go to the Books app on your iPhone > Click the three-dot icon of the book you’d like to transfer to iPad > Choose AirDrop > Choose your iPad.

Step 3. On your iPad, tap Accept to receive the book. When you are being asked to choose an app to open the book with, choose one you like.

Receive AirDrop PDF

Since you cannot airdrop multiple books at a time, you may need to repeat the steps above to transfer wanted books one after another.


That’s all for how to transfer iBooks from iPhone to iPad in four ways. You can sync iBooks from iPhone to iPad using iTunes or iCloud. You can also transfer iBooks from iPhone to iPad wirelessly with the help of AirDrop or MBackupper. If this guide helps you, please share it with others.

Demi · Editor
Demi is an editor of FoneTool group as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.