How to share a PDF on an iPad.

A young woman uses an iPad to share a PDF.

Lighten your workload every workday by conveniently sharing PDFs from your iPad.

You can use an iPad to share information back and forth across your devices. And you can use PDFs to share information back and forth with other people. If you’re ready to unlock even more convenience, security, and productivity, you can share documents straight from your iPad.

Use the following tips on sharing PDFs on an iPad to increase your everyday productivity. And remember — if your document isn’t already a PDF, you can easily convert it online.

Use the Apple Books app to share PDFs.

The Apple Books app, formerly known as iBooks, is preinstalled on most iPads. If it’s not already on your iPad, you can download it for free. Open the App Store on your iPad and search for Apple Books. It is free to download and is available on all updated iPad models. Once you have downloaded the app, follow these steps to then share a PDF directly from Books:

  1. Open the Books app.
  2. Select Library.
  3. Choose the book you want to share.
  4. Select the three dots in the lower-right corner.
  5. Tap Share PDF, then choose the email option.
  6. Enter the email address of the person you want to share the PDF with, then click Send.

Locate your PDFs quickly and easily in Books using their in-app file organization tools. You can also make changes to your PDF right in the app, highlighting content or making notes. No matter how you organize or edit your files, they will automatically be saved for easy access across all your Apple devices.

Apple Books lets you add in most PDFs. But there are some restrictions. The app is not compatible with any file that has Digital Rights Management (DRM) protections in order to prevent copyrighted material from being unlawfully changed or distributed.

Share PDFs on your iPad with Adobe Acrobat.

If you want to share a PDF directly with multiple people at once, explore PDF tools like Adobe Acrobat. Use these steps to share PDFs online with only one recipient or several all at once:

  1. Open your PDF in Acrobat. The sharing tools are displayed in the top-right corner of the toolbar.
  2. Click Share With Others from the toolbar.
  3. Enter the emails of everyone you want to share the PDF with.
  4. Select the setting labeled “Allow comments” only if you want recipients to be able to make comments in the PDF.
  5. Click Send.

The sharing toolbar in Acrobat lets you share the PDF in several different ways. The option described in the list above sends your recipients a personalized link directly to the PDF. The link appears in their email inbox with a notification that you’ve shared the file with them. This is the only sharing option that includes document tracking.

You can also share the file with multiple people by clicking on the envelope icon in the sharing toolbar. This lets you attach the PDF to an email using a connected email server. Or you can click the icon labeled “Share a link to this file” to create a public link that makes the file available to anyone who clicks on the link.

How to transfer PDFs to your iPad.

You may often find yourself needing to save or transfer PDFs to your iPad. There are several ways to do this. To save a PDF to your iPad while using its internet browser, follow these steps:

  1. Find and tap the Share button. The Share button is a blue square with an arrow pointing upward from the center.
  2. Select an app for saving the PDF. You can save it to Books and access it using the steps described above. Or you can save it to your iPad’s Files folder.

To transfer PDF files to your iPad using iTunes, follow these steps:

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Click on Device and select Books.
  3. Drag and drop the PDFs into your iTunes Books library.
  4. Sync your iPad to your newly updated iTunes Books library. You can sync all your files or select them individually.
  5. Click Apply to begin the file transfer.

To transfer PDF files to your iPad using iCloud, follow these steps:

  1. Open your iCloud Drive, or go to and sign in with your Apple login.
  2. Add files to your iCloud Drive or to the iCloud online by dragging and dropping them into the folder.
  3. Enable iCloud Drive on your iPad under the Settings menu, or log in to iCloud using your iPad to access and transfer the files.

If you want to work exclusively online without software, you can explore tools like Acrobat online services (and use the same steps listed above) to share PDFs on your iPad.

Discover what more you can do with Acrobat and Acrobat online services to share, manage, and edit PDFs easily.