How to Repair a Damaged or Corrupted PDF

PDF files can get corrupted for a variety of reasons. The file may have not downloaded properly, a hard drive may have reached its storage capacity, or there could have been a problem transferring from one device to another. If the issue is from a download, try downloading the file again to see if this fixes the issue.


If there’s still a problem, discover how to repair a damaged or corrupted PDF in our handy guide.

Quick list: how to repair a PDF.


Any app on iPhone that supports printing will also let you print to PDF. On iPhone, the process is this:

  1. Update Adobe Acrobat Reader. One of the reasons a PDF might not display properly is because your Adobe Acrobat Reader isn’t up to date. Launch the app and go to Help > Check for updates.
  2. Repair installation. If the PDF still doesn’t work after updating Acrobat Reader, go to Help > Repair installation.
  3. Restore previous version. Another method to repairing a damaged PDF is restoring it to a previous version. Head to the location where the PDF is saved, right click on the file and select Restore previous versions.
  4. Convert the PDF. if you are still having no luck with repairing a damaged PDF, you can extract the information from within, then save it into a Word document. From here you reformat the information and resave as a PDF

In detail: fixing a PDF step by step.


If you need to repair a corrupted PDF, this is possible using Adobe Acrobat Reader. Find out the full process.

1. There is a chance that the issue is simply your Adobe Acrobat Reader software is not up to date. Launch Adobe Acrobat reader and go to Help > Check for updates. If any updates are available, install them, and then try re-opening your PDF on the app.

2. There’s a possibility the files Adobe requires to run have become corrupted, in which case you should go to Help > Repair installation. If you still have no luck when opening your PDF after this has been resolved, you can still repair a corrupt PDF file online for free by uninstalling Acrobat, then installing the latest version.

3. Initially, you’ll see a small preview when clicking on the image. On an iPhone 6 or above, which features a 3D touch feature, you’ll be able to take a closer look at the file you want to save by tapping and holding your finger down on the document.

4. Once you’re in full screen preview mode, you will need to tap the screen once to reveal the toolbar with Share button, where you can follow the steps to print to PDF on iPhone.

5. Tapping the Share icon will reveal the system share sheet, which will display a variety of options for saving the file to one of your installed apps. This is how you will print to PDF on an iPhone.

6. This system share sheet will have several options for then saving the file to your device. These will include saving to the cloud (iCloud Drive), Share via email with a contact, or Save to a device which is compatible with PDF files.

7. To save as PDF, select the Add to iCloud Drive action. This will save a copy of the printout as a PDF in your iCloud document storage, which can then be imported into other apps.

Why should I print to PDF with an iPhone?


There are many reasons why it’s beneficial to use an iPhone to print to PDF.


  • Makes files easy to share with others. Printing to PDF makes it incredibly easy to share your files with others, as most apps have in-built functionality when it comes to reading PDFs. 
  • Helps preserve the file as it should be seen. No matter what device you use, the iOS Print to PDF function stores an exact replica of the file you were trying to save.  
  • Quick and easy to save. Once you’ve tried it out the first time, the process will only take seconds to complete. By doing this on an iPhone, you can easily share important files while you’re on the go.



In this section, we answer the main questions people have about the iPhone Print to PDF function.


How do I save a picture as a PDF on iPhone?

To save a picture as a PDF on your iPhone, you will first need to save it as a normal file, before opening your Files app and accessing the location where images are saved. 


From here, you will need to long press on the image thumbnail to bring up the menu. At the bottom of this menu list there will be a Create PDF option, which will enable you to save the image as a PDF.


Can you save an iPhone screenshot as a PDF?

The iOS 13 update added a new function which allowed users to save screenshots as PDFs on iPhone and iPad. However, this only works for screenshots of Safari pages.


After taking a screenshot, click the generated preview in the bottom left to open the screenshot editor, and click the Full page option. Then, click on the share icon to save as PDF.


To take a screenshot without the ads, switch to Reader mode by tapping and holding AA in the upper-left corner of the URL, then tapping it again to customise the text layout.


How do I open a PDF file on my iPad?

After saving a file via iPad print to PDF, you will need to ensure the Adobe Acrobat Reader app is installed so you can view them on your device.


Once downloaded, open the Adobe app to and go to the Menu. Under View, select Document index.


Press the file you would like to open and select Open in new tab. Once opened, select the Share icon from the bottom of the screen, and click Copy to Adobe Acrobat, which will load the file on your device.


Read our guide to saving a PDF on iPad.


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