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Opening PDF Files in Reader for iOS (iPhone and iPad)

Aug 26, 2012 11:49 AM

Are you trying to open a PDF in Reader for your iPhone or iPad? This document should help.

 

First: Make sure you have the latest version of Reader installed. You can download here: App Store.

 

Next: Choose the place you are trying to move your PDF from:

 

Safari

 

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1. When you click on a link to a PDF file inside Safari, your device opens up the PDF in Apple's native PDF viewer. When your PDF first appears a bar should appear at the top of the browser. If you don't see it, or if it fades away, just tap anywhere on the document and it will reappear.

 

 

2. Tap on the "Open in…" button:

Safari-1-iPad.png   Safari-1-iPhone.png

 

 

3. Select "Adobe Reader." Your list may look different from the screenshot depending on your apps:

If you have more than 10 apps that can handle PDFs, you might not have the option to open Reader. Try uninstalling some apps you see on this list if you can't open your PDFs in Reader.

Safari-2-iPad.png   Safari-2-iPhone.png

 

 

4. Your PDF is open in Reader!

 

Personal Computer (Through iTunes)

 

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1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac or PC (instructions work for both machines).

 

 

2. Open up iTunes.

 

 

3. In iTunes, open your device from the left hand window, and go to the apps screen:

Computer-1.png

 

 

4. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen, and then select Adobe Reader from the list. You can now drag-and-drop your files in the area to the right:

Computer-2.png

 

 

5. Open Adobe Reader on your iPhone or iPad, your PDFs are now in your library!

 

 

iBooks

 

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Unfortunately Apple does not have an "Open In" option for iBooks. If you want to get a PDF from iBooks into Reader, you should email the PDF to yourself, and then open it from Mail.

 

1. Open the PDF in iBooks if you don't already have it open.

 

2. If you don't see the top bar, tap the screen for it to appear.

 

3. Tap the share button.

 

iBooks-1-iPad.png  iBooks-iPhone.png

 

4. Tap "Email"

 

iBooks-2-iPad.png   iBooks-iPhone-2.png

 

5. Email your PDF to yourself, and open it in Reader. Check the Other Apps (next) section for instructions for the Mail app.

 

Other Apps (Mail, Dropbox, etc…)

 

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1. In apps that allow you to export PDFs, you will most likely either see an "Open In…" button, or a Share button.

The share button is a rectangle with a curved arrow coming out of it.

 

The following are screenshots from Mail and Dropbox for the iPhone:

Other-1.1.png   Other-1.2.png

 

The following are screenshots from Mail and Dropbox for the iPad:

Other-1.4.png   Other-1.3.png

 

2. You may be prompted with a few different sharing methods first. Select "Open In…".

If you see the names of apps, skip this step. (If you don't see either of these things, you can't share the PDF in Reader most likely.)

 

The following are screenshots from Mail for the iPad and iPhone:

Other-2.1.png   Other-2.2.png

 

 

3. Select Adobe Reader from this list.

 

The following are screenshots from Mail for the iPad and iPhone:

Other-3.1.png Other-3.2.png

 

4. Your PDF is open in Reader!

 

 

 

 

One thing to note is that once PDFs are in Reader, they are placed in your library until you delete them. You can send them via email, or open them in Dropbox or another app if you want to share your PDFs with comments and markup.

 
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