Type on PDFs using an iPad - a simple tutorial.

A woman sitting outside on a bench uses an iPad to type on a PDF file.

Fill out forms and add comments to PDFs on your iPad. Learn how you can put text on PDF documents directly on an iPad.

These days, many of us use iPads to get work done on the go, whether for school or professionally. Much of this work is done with PDF documents. However, iPads have limited support for even basic PDF editing tasks, such as typing on PDFs.

The good news is that you can use Adobe Acrobat online services to easily write on PDFs to complete forms and add text comments. This tutorial teaches you how to type on a PDF on your iPad.

Write text on any PDF document using your iPad.

Go to Edit PDFs with comments in Acrobat online services.

  1. Select a PDF to edit by clicking the “Select a file” button, or drag and drop a file into the drop zone.
  2. Once the file is uploaded, sign in to add your comments.
  3. Use the toolbar to add sticky notes, highlights, drawings, text, and more.
  4. Download the annotated file or get a link to share it.

You can also download the free Acrobat Reader app to fill and sign documents.

  1. Download the PDF to your device.
  2. Open Acrobat Reader and press the plus (+) sign at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Select the Edit PDF option and navigate to the form you want.
  4. Tap the pencil icon at the bottom of the screen, then select Edit PDF.
  5. Fill in the form and tap Done when finished.

How to make a PDF fillable on iPad.

You can easily draw on and sign a PDF from your iPad.

  1. Download the PDF to your iPad.
  2. Open the Files app.
  3. Search for and choose the PDF in the Files viewer.
  4. To show smaller thumbnail versions of each page in the PDF, swipe over from the left side of the screen.
  5. Select a page you want to fill out or sign.
  6. Choose the pen icon to make edits to your document.
  7. Choose the plus icon for more tools.
  8. If you wish to type anywhere on the document, select the text tool.
  9. Select the Signature tool to sign anywhere on the document.
  10. Tap pencils or pens to draw on the document.
  11. Select Done when complete.

Edit your PDFs directly on your iPad.

Now that you know how to write on PDFs on an iPad, you can explore other options to get more out of your documents. Easily add sticky notes and annotations, mark up text, convert PDFs to other file formats (like PDF to JPG), and much more.

Discover everything you can get done with Acrobat online services today.