How to read PDF files on your iPad.

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It can be difficult to read PDFs on an iPad, but it doesn’t have to be. Learn how you can quickly and easily read any PDF on your iPad.

Many people study, annotate, and work remotely on their iPads. Often, this includes editing PDF documents. However, iPads have limited support for PDF files, and you may find yourself wondering what’s the best way to read PDFs on your device.

Luckily, there’s a simple solution to this problem. Here’s how to read PDFs directly on your iPad with Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Steps to open and view PDFs on an iPad.

  1. Download Acrobat Reader from the App Store and install.
  2. If you received the file from Mail, tap the attachment.
    • Tap Open or Open in New Page.
    • Tap the page and choose Open In.
    • Choose Adobe Reader.
  3. If you are accessing the PDF from Safari or another app, tap to choose Open In.
    • Choose Adobe Reader.
  4. Set Acrobat Reader as the default to open PDFs automatically.

You can now read your PDF and adjust the view and scroll settings to your preferences:

It gets even easier to read your PDFs as you use the app. Once it knows how to locate your files, you can open them directly from the Home screen.

How to get your iPad to read PDFs aloud.

If you’re accessing a PDF with an iPad, you’re probably on the go, and listening might be more convenient than reading. You can save time and give your eyes a break from the screen when you get your iPad to read the contents of a PDF for you.

One way to do that is to use iPad settings.

  1. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Spoken Content.
  2. Adjust the settings for Speak Selection, Speak Screen, and other functions.
  3. Activate Siri and say, “Speak screen.”
  4. Or, use the shortcuts listed in the Spoken Content menu.

Another option is to use Acrobat Reader settings.

  1. Open the Acrobat Reader app.
  2. Navigate to the page you want to hear.
  3. From the top left menu, click View.
  4. Choose Read Out Loud.
  5. Select Read to End of Document or Read This Page Only.

Get more out of your PDFs with an iPad PDF reader.

Of course, getting the most out of your PDFs means more than just reading them. With Acrobat Reader, you can easily add sticky notes and text comments, create bookmarks, fill and sign forms, and more. It also works together with Adobe Acrobat online services to compress PDFs or convert them to different file formats.

Discover everything you can do with Acrobat Reader today.