4 Simple Ways to Transfer PDF from iPhone to iPad

Are you looking for ways to transfer PDF from iPhone to iPad? Here in this guide, you can get four simple ways to transfer PDF from iPhone to iPad.

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By Demi / Updated on May 31, 2024

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How to transfer PDF from iPhone to iPad

I have an iPhone 12 Pro with a PDF contained in iBooks. The PDF was not purchased or downloaded but sent to me by email. This PDF does not show up on my iPad’s iBook shelf. Why not? How do I get it into my iPad iBook shelf?

- Question from Apple Community

Since PDF files are organized, clean, and easy to transfer and read, they are almost everywhere in our daily life, work and study. For a better reading experience or better annotation on PDF files, you may want to transfer PDF from iPhone to iPad.

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Here comes this guide, offering you four ways to transfer PDF files from iPhone to iPad. You can look through them one after another and choose one to make it.

Way 1. Transfer PDF from iPhone to iPad by FoneTool

FoneTool is a mobile app, which can be seen as an AirDrop alternative when it comes to transferring files between iOS devices. What is the difference is that you can transfer multiple files at a time with it. Therefore, if you have more than one PDF file, it must be one of the best choices for you.

You can search its name in the App Store or scan the QR code below to download and install FoneTool on both iPhone and iPad. The followings are the detailed steps.

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Step 1. On your iPhone, locate the PDF file in the Books app > Tap the three-dot icon > Scroll down to find and tap Save to Files > Choose a folder to save it. Repeat the step to save all wanted PDF files.

Save PDF To Files

Step 2. Put both iPhone and iPad close to each other, open FoneTool > Turn on Wi-Fi on both devices > On your iPhone, Click Connect Device > Tap the name of the iPad to establish a connection between them.

Step 3. On your iPhone, tap File Transfer > Files > Tap the plus icon > Choose Import local files to add PDF files to the app.

Import Local Files

Step 4. Check the wanted PDF files > Tap Send to begin the transfer.

Send PDF

Step 5. On your iPad, receive the transferred files, when it is finished, you can go to the Books app to have a check.

Way 2. Transfer PDF from iPhone to iPad via AirDrop

AirDrop is always handy when you intend to share files between two iOS devices. If you are thinking of trying to airdrop PDF from iPhone to iPad follow the simple steps to make it.

Step 1. Go to the Control Center > Turn on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and AirDrop. Choose Contacts Only or Everyone as per your need. Perform the steps on both iPhone and iPad.

Access AirDrop

Step 2. Go to the Books app on your iPhone > Locate the PDF file you want to transfer > Tap the three-dot icon > Choose AirDrop > Choose your iPad.

Step 3. On your iPad, tap Accept to receive the file. From the pull-up menu, you can choose the app that you want to open the PDF with.

Receive AirDrop PDF

Way 3. Sync PDF from iPhone to iPad with iCloud

The syncing function in iCloud enables you to sync iPhone and iPad as long as you’re using the same Apple ID on them. Make sure all the wanted PDF files are saved in the Books app on your iPhone and the steps about how to sync PDF from iPhone to iPad with iCloud are as follows.

Step 1. On your iPhone, go to the Settings app > Tap [your name] > iCloud > Toggle on the iBooks icon. Wait for iCloud to automatically sync PDF files.

Toggle On iBooks

Step 2. Back to Settings again > tap on iBooks option > Scroll down to enable the features of Sync Bookmarks and Notes, Sync Collections, and Online Content.

Step 3. On your iPad, go to the Settings app > Sign in with the same Apple ID you’re using on iPhone > Tap iCloud > Switch the toggle of iBooks.

Now, just wait for your iPhone to finish syncing PDF files to your iPad. You can go to the Books app to refresh and have a check.

Way 4. Transfer PDF from iPhone to iPad using email

You can also choose to send PDF files as an email attachment to your iPad to move PDF from iPhone to iPad. Here are the steps in detail.

Step 1. On your iPhone, open the PDF file you want to send as an email attachment in the Books app > Tap the Share button on the top > Choose Mail.

Step 2. Enter your email recipient > Tap and edit other parts of the email > Tap on Send to send the email together with the PDF file.

Step 3. On the iPad, log in the mail account, tap the mail that contains the sent PDF > Tap the PDF to transfer PDF iBooks from iPhone to iPad.

Conclusion

That’s all for the four ways to transfer PDF from iPhone to iPad. If you have multiple PDF files waiting to share, it is suggested to transfer them using the FoneTool app or iCloud syncing function. Optionally, you can make use of AirDrop or email to make it. If this guide helps you, please share it with others.

Demi
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.