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Convert to PDF on iPhone

Looking to quickly convert files to PDF on your iPhone? Whether it’s a document, an image, or any other file type, this guide will provide you with simple, step-by-step instructions on how to easily convert to PDF on iPhone. With the convenience of your iPhone, converting to PDF can be done in just a few taps, and we’re here to show you how.

Key Takeaways

  • Converting files to PDF on an iPhone can be done easily using a dedicated Scanner App or with built-in apps like Files and Photos, with simple steps such as using the share icon and selecting ‘Print’ to create a PDF version.

  • There are a variety of third-party apps available on the App Store for more advanced PDF conversion and editing needs, including apps like Scanner and PDF Expert, which offer features such as OCR, page adjustment, and comprehensive file format support.

  • Sharing and printing PDF files from an iPhone is straightforward; users can share via apps, AirDrop, email, and cloud services or print with AirPrint-enabled printers using the Print option. However, for merging multiple files into a single PDF, third-party apps may be required.

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Converting Documents and Images to PDF on iPhone

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With Scanner App

The process is pretty straightforward. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Download and Install Scanner App:
    • If you haven’t already, download and install Scanner App from the App Store on your iPhone.
    • Launch the app by tapping on its icon.
  2. Grant Permissions:
    • When prompted, allow the app to access your camera and photo library. This is necessary for scanning documents and saving them.
  3. Select Document Type:
    • Tap on the “+” icon or the “Scan” button to begin scanning a document.
    • Choose the type of document you want to scan (e.g., Document, Receipt, ID Card, etc.). For a regular document, select “Document.”
  4. Position Document:
    • Position your iPhone camera over the document you want to scan.
    • Make sure the entire document is within the frame and that there’s adequate lighting.
  5. Capture the Document:
    • Tap the shutter button to capture the document. You may need to hold your device steady to ensure a clear scan.
  6. Adjust Scan (Optional):
    • If necessary, you can crop or rotate the scanned document to make adjustments.
    • Tap on the editing tools provided to crop, rotate, or adjust the brightness and contrast.
  7. Convert to PDF:
    • Once you’re satisfied with the scan, tap on the “Save” or “Done” button (the exact wording may vary depending on the app version).
    • A prompt will appear asking how you’d like to save the document. Choose “Save as PDF”.
  8. Name and Save PDF:
    • Give your PDF a name, and select a destination to save it.
    • You can save it to your device, iCloud Drive, or any other compatible storage location.
    • Tap “Save” or “Done” to confirm and save the PDF.
  9. Access Saved PDF:
    • Once the PDF is saved, you can access it from within the Scanner App or through the Files app on your iPhone.
    • Open the Files app, navigate to the location where you saved the PDF, and tap on it to view or share it.
  10. Share or Use PDF:
    • You can now share the PDF via email, messaging apps, or any other method supported by your iPhone.
    • Additionally, you can use the PDF for various purposes such as printing, sharing, or storing digitally.

That’s it! You’ve successfully converted a document to PDF using the Scanner App on your iPhone.

With Files App

The Files app on your iPhone enables rapid conversion of assorted file types to PDF format, facilitating easier sharing and printing of your documents and images. With just a few taps, your files are transformed into PDFs that can be easily accessed whenever needed.

The process is pretty straightforward. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Open the file you want to convert in the Files app.
  2. Tap the share icon.
  3. Select the ‘Print’ option.
  4. After using the ‘Print’ to PDF feature, use the share icon again.
  5. Select ‘Save to Files’.
  6. Choose your desired location.
  7. Save the document as a PDF.

Converting Word and Pages Documents

Here’s how to convert a Word document or Pages file to a PDF:

  1. Open the document.
  2. Tap the share icon.
  3. Use the ‘Print’ option.
  4. This will allow you to save it as a PDF in the Files app.

What’s great about this feature is that the original document remains unchanged. This means you can keep your original file intact while having a separate PDF version for sharing or printing.

Converting JPG and PNG Images with the Photos App

If you have a single image to convert, launch the pre-installed Photos app, long-press the desired image, then select ‘Create PDF’.

What if you have multiple images that you want to merge into one PDF file? Open the Photos app, tap ‘More’, choose the images you wish to convert, then tap ‘Create PDF’ to merge them.

Once you’ve converted an image to a PDF, you can share it by selecting the converted file in the Photos app, tapping the Share icon, and choosing ‘Books’ to share the PDF.

Converting Multiple Files into One PDF

There may be instances where you need to amalgamate multiple files into a single PDF. Before merging files on your iPhone, it’s crucial to organize the files in the Files app or a chosen cloud-based service. This will ensure that your final PDF is arranged according to your preferences.

Unfortunately, the iPhone’s Files app can only combine PDF documents based on the alphabetical or numerical order of the file names. To achieve a custom order when merging PDF files, rename the individual files alphabetically or numerically in the desired sequence before merging.


Combining Files with the Scanner App

Scanner App streamlines the task of merging multiple PDFs into one document on an iPhone, making it swift and uncomplicated. Simply select the PDF documents you wish to combine, and use the ‘Merge’ function within the app to create a single file.

After combining files, the app provides organizational features that let users rearrange, delete, and rotate pages within the new PDF document. There’s also a feature for converting Excel, Word, PPT, TXT, JPG, or PNG files into PDF documents, offering comprehensive file conversion options on the iPhone.

merging pdfs into one on scanner app


Whether you’re using built-in features or third-party apps, you can easily transform files into PDFs, edit and organize them, print and share them, or even merge multiple files into a single PDF. With the right tools at your disposal, and a bit of practice, you’ll be a PDF conversion pro in no time.

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