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Josh Brown May 20, 2024

How to Open ePub file on iPhone & iPad with Apple Books

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Josh Brown May 20, 2024

Want to know how to read ePub on iPhone? Reading ePUB files on iPad & iPhone is made easy without the need for iTunes or a third-pparty reading app. You just need to make sure that you have the native 'Books' app on your device.

In this article, we'll share a stress-free way of reading ePUB files on an iPad. [PS. It's done wirelessly!]

ePUB, or electronic publication, is the most advanced format for mobile reading. The format adjusts the books to your screen’s size - making it ideal for smartphone readers.

If you want to read an ePub on your iPad or iPhone, there are numerous ways to transfer it to your device. However, the easiest way to move it to your iOS device is through WALTR PRO, a Windows- and macOS-compatible software for easy, convenient, and super-fast conversions and transfers to iOS devices.

The software features automatic format detection and appropriate conversion, wireless transfers, a drag-and-drop mechanism, and much more!

Keep reading to find out how to read ePub files on iPad and iPhone in Apple 'Books' using WALTR PRO.

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How to add ePUB on iPad or iPhone with WALTR

Before we jump to the exact tutorial, watch this quick promo telling you about all the ins and outs of this solution:

Books on an iPhone are quite a pleasure to read, especially if you are a lucky owner of a phone with a big screen. To read the ePUB on your phone, you just need to transfer it correctly to your device from your PC or download it directly.

The native 'Books' app supports ePUB and knows how to open its built-in library. If you want to add books from your PC, you'll need to prepare the books, connect your device with WALRT PRO, and then drag your books into the app.

So if you want to put ePUB on your iPad or iPhone, follow the easy instructions we've provided below.

Step 1. If you don't have WALTR installed – download it here:

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If you're using Mac OS – drag the installation file into the ‘Applications' folder. If you're a Windows user, go through the installation wizard.

Step 2. Start WALTR

One of the biggest advancements of WALTR PRO is the support of Wireless Connection. That is you can send files to your iOS device via WiFi. No need for cords anymore (finally!). If your iPhone and Mac/PC are connected to the same network, the app will detect your iPhone automatically.

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If not, plug in your iPhone or iPad using a standard USB cable.

Step 3. Drop your file into WALTR

Wait a moment and:

How To Read Epub Files On Ipad & Iphone


Step 4. Locate the file in your iBooks app


How to add ePUB through online messenger app

Another way to do it is via a messenger app like Telegram, which we will use as an example here. Viber is also a solid option, as is any other messenger that has desktop version (web or app).

Step 1. Make sure you are logged in on both PC and iPhone

I've used a web version of Telegram for this step, but as mentioned previously, local application will also work.

Step 2. Drop ePUB file into the chat like any other file

I used Saved Messages chat for this as it was only available for you and you won't worry about bothering someone with notifications about your ePUB transferring endeavors.

Step 3. Select the book in the message and forward it to Books app

Select message with the book as when you want to select multiple messages, than tap on the forwarding icon.

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Then find and choose the 'Books' app from the list or navigate to the 'More' section to find it there.

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Once you tap it, the file should be imported into the app, and you can proceed to read it.

How to Add ePUB on iPad & iPhone on Mac

An alternative to ePUB transferring with WALTR PRO is using your Mac. Let’s take a look at the steps involved:

  1. Connect your iOS device to your Mac
  2. Select the device in the Finder sidebar on your Mac
  3. Go to the Books section in the button bar
  4. Check the “Sync books onto [device name] box
  5. Set the sync to “All books” or “Selected books
  6. For “Selected books” select the individual books you want to syn
  7. Click on “Apply” to begin syncing your books

As you can see, syncing through your Mac requires several more steps than those needed in WALTR PRO, which is why many experienced and novice iOS users prefer it over the conventional Mac and iTunes methods.

Book Formats Overview

WALTR PRO supports PDF and ePUB transfers. However, there are many more versatile book formats that are easy to get confused about. Here we also added a simplified overview of the most common formats for mobile reading.

PDF (Portable Document Format) is designed with the purpose of store documents with a fixed layout. PDF files are super common in the World Wide Web since they are easy to view and print. They are also supported by iBooks app.

ePUB – Electronic Publications. As we stated before, this file extension is the ‘golden standard' for mobile reading. It can be easily adjusted to your screen's size, which makes it very convenient. It's also supported by the majority of readers out there.

Docx – (short for document) Docx and its forerunner – doc, are both native to Microsoft Office Suite. They are easily edited and viewed. The difference between the two is that the latter is an open format. Therefore, it's supported by a wider variety of readers.

Fb2 – Fiction BookThis ebook file is really good for reading literary works. It holds all the metadata of the file: like the author's name, publisher, and title. Its size is easily adjusted. In addition, FB2 is supported by the majority of the readers (iBooks isn't one of them).

iBook – Like always – Apple developed its own format (what a surprise!). It's quite similar to ePUB, though they are slight differences. The major one is that it has DRM protection. Hence, it's mainly used in iTunes Books Store.

Mobi – Mobipocket is also quite a popular ebook format. Its main priority is convenience when using. For instance, you can add blank pages in any part of the book or even free hand-drawings. There's also the possibility of making your own corrections or annotations while reading.


Whether you want to push a ePUB file on your iPad or iPhone – there is a whole bunch of tools ready to offer you a helping hand. You may use iCloud, AirDrop, or iTunes – you can even email the file to yourself and then open the attachment via

And there's also WALTR.

With a simple drag-and-drop movement, you can send any file to your iPhone without even plugging it in.

Let us know what you think about this workaround in the comments! 


Can you open ePub files on iPad?

ePUB, aka Electronic Publication, is probably the most advanced format for mobile reading due to the fact that it can easily be adjusted to your screen size and is ideal for smartphones. And now, to answer the above question, Yes, Indeed, you can open the ePub files on your iPad. You simply need to visit the iBook apps on your iPad and tap on the file to open it.

How do I enable ePub books on my iPhone?

To enable ePub books on your iPhone, you need to visit your iPhone’s Settings > (Your Name) > iCloud > Turn on the iCloud Drive, and after that click on the Books button. This way, you will be able to enable ePub books on your iPhone.

How do I add an ePub to Apple Books?

There are many ways through which you can add the ePub files to Apple books, but the best one among them is through WALTR PRO. Here is a step by step guide to help you understand better:


  • Step 1: Install the WALTR PRO software on your computer
  • Step 2: Establish a connection between your Apple device and computer
  • Step 3: Drag and Drop the ePub file into the drop zone of WALTR PRO and leave the rest of the job to WALTR
  • Step 4: Now, visit Apple Books to find the ePub file you just transferred.


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