How to Add PDF to iPhone Without Syncing

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Natali Solovyova Mar 17, 2020

PDF is one of the most popular text formats on the web. This article will demonstrate you a QUICK and EASY way to add PDF to iPhone without syncing!

How to transfer PDF file to iPhone from Windows & Mac is the question that needs to be answered.

For some reasons that most iPhone users don’t understand, Apple made sure that transferring files from computer to iPhone isn’t as easy as it is with Android phones.

In order to transfer PDF to iPhone using Apple software, iTunes, you have to sync your device with iTunes library and that is the only way to add PDF file to iPhone using iTunes.

You might think that the control that Apple gives to users is limited and in fact, it is. Luckily for us, there are ways to add PDF to iPhone without iTunes.

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How to add a PDF to iPhone Without Syncing

If you are among millions of iPhone users who think that iTunes way of adding PDF to iPhone is too complicated, you should consider using this amazing software to add PDF to iPhone without syncing.

We present you WALTR 2.

PDF to iPhone without syncing

WALTR 2 is a piece of software that will make you forget about iTunes. It’s a lightweight, versatile application that is used to add files to iPhone (or iPad).

It is a way to transfer PDF to iPhone via USB and the ultimate answer to the question of how to transfer PDF to iPhone without the Internet connection.

The important thing here is that there is no need for syncing like it was with iTunes. You just drag and drop your PDF file and it’s already in your iBooks app.

Let’s have a closer look at how the whole process works.

Step 1. Download WALTR 2 from Softorino website

Download and install the program. Initially, you’ll get the trial version, that will last 24 hours. After it expires, you’ll have to pay $39.95 for the license (a price you’ll pay gladly when you realize that it saves you from all the pain iTunes is causing).

Requirements: macOS 10.9 and higher
Latest Version: 2.6.25, 13 December 2019
Requirements: Windows 8 and higher
Latest Version: 2.7.19, 14 November 2019
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Step 2. Open the program and connect your iPhone

The program will ask you to connect your iPhone via USB cable. After you do that, you’ll see your phone’s name along with the available storage capacity.

a super simple utility to transfer any PDF to iPhone

After you connect your device, WALTR 2 will recognize it right away.

Step 3. Drag and drop PDF file

You can drag and drop directly from the directory where your PDF is located on your computer or you can choose ‘Select File…’ option and then navigate to the PDF file(s) and select it.

The program then does the work under the hood – it checks your file so it could know where to put it and transfers it to iPhone.

All that work will be completed in a few seconds, depending on the size of the PDF file.

PDF is successfully transferred to iPad

Done! Your PDF is available from iBooks on your device!

Along with the PDF, the artwork is also transferred (for example, the cover page of the book).

It’s that simple – no need for syncing.

read your PDF on iBooks in iPhone

No iTunes and just few seconds are required for a transfer.

In case this didn’t convince you of WALTR’s versatility and easiness of use, consider this cool fact: the name WALTR comes from Walter White, a character from Breaking Bad TV Show.

In order to prove how WALTR 2 is a smarter option for adding PDFs to iPhone, we will now go through the process of adding PDFs using iTunes.

How to add PDFs to iBooks with iTunes

We’ll assume that you already have iTunes installed on your computer.

Just make sure that you have the latest version because iTunes is known to cause problems when you don’t have the latest release (problems like very slow startup etc.).

PDFs on your iPhone have to managed be manually if you choose to use iTunes. As from iTunes 12.7, there is no Books segment in your iTunes library. What Apple wanted to accomplish with this is to make users manage their books on the device itself. The same is for Apps and Tones.

Step 1. Open iTunes & Connect your iPhone via USB

After connecting, you should see your iPhone’s name on the left side, along with the content divided by type (Music, Movies, TV Shows, Books, Audio Books, etc.).

Step 2. Choose Books from this list

how to transfer PDF to iPhone using iTunes

In your Library, you’ll see all the books that you have

Here you can see all the PDF files that are located on your iPhone’s storage. All of these files can also be seen and opened in the iBooks app on your phone.

Step 3. Add the PDF file to iTunes

Some of the disadvantages of iTunes compared to WALTR 2 are:

  • iTunes is much bigger – 460 MB compared to 50 MB

  • WALTR has way simpler interface (which is good when you just want to get your book to iPhone)

  • Easiness of use is a category which WALTR dominates (drag and drop method of transferring a PDF is obviously an optimal solution)

To demonstrate the versatility of WALTR 2, we will take a look at adding PDF to another Apple device – iPad.

How to add PDF to iPad from Windows PC

As mentioned before, iTunes 12.7 got rid of Books, Apps and Tones segments and made users to manage these on their device.

On a Mac computer, there is iBooks app that enables you to manage PDF on both iPhone and iPad. On Windows, however, there is no iBooks app, and with iTunes getting rid of Books management, you have to look for alternatives.

The only logical choice here is WALTR 2, of course.

If you used WALTR 2 to add PDFs to your iPhone, then it won’t be a problem for you to accommodate to adding PDFs from PC or laptop to iPad. Why so, you ask? Because the process is completely the same.

Here’s how to transfer PDF to iPad without syncing:

Transferring PDF to iPad with WALTR takes mo more than 30 seconds. Ready, set, go!

Windows users can also add PDF to iPad without syncing

Connect your iPhone using USB or via Wi-Fi network.

Step 1. Open WALTR 2 and connect your device.

The program will recognize your iPad immediately. It will also show you available free storage.

WALTR 2 works great on Windows 10

Drop any file inside WALTR 2!

Step 2. Drop the PDF into WALTR 2.

After the transferring is complete – you will see the ‘Success’ message in app’s window. Your PDF ebook will land in the stock on your device. Simple as that.

Step 3. Go to iBooks on your iPhone & find your book there.

PDF is transferred on iPad/iPhone


Now you can read your PDF file anytime, anywhere.

Bottom Line

PDF is the most common file format for presenting documents with images and formatting. PDF stands for ‘Portable Document Format’ and it’s developed in the ‘90s. It hasn’t changed much since then.

The ability to open a PDF file on most of today’s devices is something that makes PDF such a popular format.

iPhone can open a PDF file with default iBooks app or with some other PDF viewer app that can be downloaded from the App Store. Every single PDF that is located on your iPhone is listed in iBooks app.

That’s how to add PDF file to iBooks app on iPhone or iPad. From the methods described above, you can conclude that WALTR 2 is really one powerful tool. Definitely a must-have if you’re iPhone or iPad user. Adding PDF to iBooks cannot be simpler than this.

Natali Solovyova
Natali Solovyova

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With WALTR 2, you can wirelessly drag-and-drop any Music, Ringtones, Videos, PDF & ePUB files into iPhone, iPad or iPod without iTunes (Even files that aren’t supported by iTunes, such as FLAC and MKV).


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