There are three ways for you to transfer PDF to iPhone, including using professional iOS data transfer software, iCloud Drive, and iTunes. All of them can be applied to transfer PDF to iPad, too.

PDF is a common format for text or text and graphics widely used on computers and mobile devices. At one time or another, you may need to transfer PDF files between two devices, especially from PC to iPhone or iPad, to make it easy to access the files. Then how can you put PDF on iPhone? Read on and you will know the answers.

Method 1. Transfer PDF to iPhone Without iTunes
Method 2. Put PDF on iPhone via iCloud Drive
Method 3. Sync PDF to iPhone Using iTunes
Bonus Tip: Add PDF to iPhone Using AirDrop

Method 1. How to Transfer PDF to iPhone Without iTunes

Yes, iTunes can help you add PDF to iPhone. However, it will also remove the existing books on your iOS device after the data syncing. Given that, you may need to find other ways to transfer PDF to iPhone without iTunes. And one of the solutions is to use iOS data transfer software like EaseUS MobiMover.

Whether you want to copy PDF to iPhone from a Windows PC or Mac, it will help. Other than PDF files, EaseUS MobiMover can also transfer photos, videos, music, ringtones, voice memos, contacts, messages, and more to or from your iPhone/iPad. Get it on your computer and you are only three-step away from getting the PDF files you like onto your iPhone.

To add PDF to iPhone:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your PC running Windows 7 and later, launch EaseUS MobiMover, then click "Others", and select "Books" as shown in the image below.

How to transfer books from PC to iPhone - Step 1

Step 2As you can see, you can transfer your iPhone PDFs/ePubs to computer or sync books from one iOS device to another with different options. Since you want to transfer books from PC to your iPhone, click the "Add Contents" on the screen. 

How to transfer books from PC to iPhone - Step 2

Step 3. Then a new window will appear, in which you need to select the books you want to copy to your iPhone. After choosing the items, click the "Open" button, and MobiMover will start transferring books from PC to your iPhone immediately. When it has finished, go to check the books on your iPhone in the "Books" app.

How to transfer books from PC to iPhone - Step 3

Method 2. How to Put PDF on iPhone via iCloud Drive

Another way to transfer PDF to iPhone without iTunes is to use iCloud Drive. iCloud Drive, part of iCloud, is document-oriented and thus allows you to send documents like Word, Excel, PPT, PDF, and more between your devices, including PC. Make sure you are using the same Apple ID on your devices and there is enough free storage for you to store the books, afterward, follow the steps below to coy PDF to your iPhone using iCloud Drive.

To put PDF on iPhone via iCloud Drive:

Step 1. Upload PDF files from PC to iCloud.

  • If you have installed iCloud for Windows, go to iCloud settings and enable "iCloud Drive". Afterward, you will see a folder named "iCloud Drive" under "This PC". Copy the PDF files into the folder to upload these items to iCloud.
  • If you don't install iCloud control panel, go to, sign in with the Apple ID you use on your iPhone, and choose "iCloud Drive". Then upload the documents you want to transfer to iCloud.

Step 2. On your iPhone, go to "Settings" > [your name] > "iCloud" and enable "iCloud Drive".

Step 3. Open the "Files" app and click "Browse" > "iCloud Drive" to check the PDF files. You can access these items directly from iCloud or download them to your iPad by clicking the "Download" icon.

How to transfer PDF to iPhone without iTunes

In addition to iCloud Drive, other cloud storage services like Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive will also help and work in a similar way. If iCloud Drive is not syncing, you can try to fix it or try other workable solutions.

Method 3. How to Transfer PDF File to iPhone with iTunes

As mentioned, you are able to copy PDF to iPhone with the help of iTunes. If you don't mind the data loss it will cause, follow the steps below to learn how to send PDF from PC to iPhone using iTunes.

To put PDF on iPhone with iTunes:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone (or iPad) to PC with a USB cable and wait for iTunes to launch automatically.

Step 2. Click the device icon and choose "Books".

Step 3. Check the "Sync Books" option and choose to transfer "All books" or "Select books" to your iOS device.

Step 4. If you prefer to copy selected books, you need to continue to select the specific items.

Step 5. After the selection, click "Apply" to start transferring PDF to iPhone.

How to transfer PDF to iPhone with iTunes

Whether you want to transfer PDF to iPhone from a PC, laptop, or Mac, you can apply one of the methods above to enrich your iOS content. If you are going to send PDF to iPhone from a Mac, there is one more way for you.

Bonus Tip: How to Add PDF to iPhone Using AirDrop

Since AirDrop is only available on Apple products like iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Mac, you can only use AirDrop to transfer PDF to your iPhone from a Mac or another AirDrop-supported device.

To send PDF files from Mac to iPhone via AirDrop:

Step 1. Turn on AirDrop on Mac:

  • Go to Finder and choose "Go" > "AirDrop".
  • Enable both "Bluetooth" and "Wi-Fi" to switch on AirDrop.
  • Set your Mac to be discovered by "Contacts Only" or "Everyone".

Step 2. Enable AirDrop on iPhone from Control Center.

Step 3. Send the PDF from Mac to your iPhone.

  • You can drag and drop the PDF file to the image of the recipient in the AirDrop window and click "Send".
  • Or if the document is open, click "Share"> "Send a copy" > "AirDrop" and choose the target device.

How to transfer PDF to iPhone via AirDrop


All the ways above can also be used to transfer other files from PC to iPhone/iPad. Briefly speaking, if you prefer to put PDF on iPhone wirelessly, using iCloud Drive is a perfect solution. If you want to avoid syncing, using EaseUS MobiMover to transfer PDF files to your iPhone using a USB cable safely without data loss. If you don't mind data syncing, using iTunes is also a workable solution.

Carry out the way best suited to your needs to add PDF files to your iPhone with ease.

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Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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Written by Myra

Myra joined EaseUS in 2017. As a big fan of Apple products, she mainly focuses on iOS data transfer and iOS troubleshooting tips. Meanwhile, she is expanding her knowledge and skills in other fields like data recovery and disk management. Myra is open-minded and likes both extensive and intensive reading. Other than reading and writing, she is also fond of mobile games and K-pop stars.

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