Updated: October 19th, 2017

4 Quick Ways to Transfer PDF to iPad & iPhone WITHOUT iTunes

Transfer PDF to iPad & iPhone in 4 various ways that we illustrated below. Each of them will give you an opportunity to add a PDF file to iBooks library in no time.

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  • by Julia

Let’s get straight to the business:   

Officially iBooks.app does support PDFs. Nevertheless – it’s not always clear how to add PDFs to iPhone.

Like always, PDF transfer is executed quite swimmingly if you are an Android user. But you gotta take a serious pains to do the same on iOS.

Apple Inc. at its finest: despite incredibly awesome gadgets, the file managing & sharing is left far beyond without any apparent reason.

But If you ever wondered how to:

Then you’ll get all the keys in this very article. Here we gathered all the ways you could transfer PDF to iPad & iPhone quickly & easily and described ’em with SIMPLE words. All in all:

There are 4 ways to transfer PDF files to iPad & iPhone:

1. How to Save PDF on iPhone with WALTR

WALTR is a smart utility that pushes files to your iPhone & iPad once you connect your device to your computer. Originally it transfers video & music to iPhone without iTunes sync involved. The non-supported Apple formats like MKV, AVI, FLAC, CUE, APE, ALAC are all covered.

This means you don’t need to convert the files beforehand. With the release of WALTR 2 developers bundled it with a new feature – currently you can transfer PDFs to your iPad & iPhone just as seamlessly.
The formula remains the same: you gotta drag & drop the file into WALTR to have it saved inside your iPhone.
The version #1 is also live. It does not support PDF files, but it’s a perfect iTunes alternative for music and video.

Here’s a short video that will show you how to transfer PDF to iPad using WALTR 2:

Here’s what exactly you need to follow to save PDF to iPhone:

Step 1. Launch the recommended application – WALTR.

You can download this video converter for iPhone here.

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Open the ‘dmg’ file and drag the app into ‘Applications’ folder. Then you can use it.

transfer PDF to iPad with WALTR 2

WALTR 2 works over WiFI, so before you use it – make sure your iPhone and computer are connected to the same WiFi network.

(it will also work once you connect it via USB cable)

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Step 2. Drop your PDF into WALTR.

Once you did so – it will show up in your iBooks.app.

WALTR really stands out from all the other ways out there.


  • It’s very simple. The user’s interface is more than straightforward. It’s just a drop-zone window without tons of settings.
  • You just drag & drop your file.
  • There’s no size limit
  • Uploading speed is suuuuuper fast.

2. How to add PDFs to iPhone using iCloud

The whole idea behind iCloud is really awesome, even though it may seem quite confusing for a novice. Just like Dropbox, it provides you with a smooth way to share your files or access them from different devices. It also grants you a quick access to your files from any device you’re using.

Do not be afraid of all the numerous settings listed above. iCloud is basically a folder with your personal files stored inside. The only difference is that it’s live on the Internet. This gives you the chance to access it from your Mac, PC computer or any other device you’re having.

However, there’s the slight inconvenience – you gotta be connected to the Internet. And there’s also a size restriction. The storage quote should not exceed 5 GB. In any case, you may enlarge it by purchasing additional space.

Here’s how to transfer PDF to iPad or iPhone with iCloud:

1. If you don’t have iCloud set up on your Mac, then go to System Preferences > iCloud and check the ‘iCloud drive’ box there.

Alternatively you may visit iCloud.com and sign up with your Apple id.

2. In Finder go to iCloud Drive and open it.

3. Drag & drop your file in there.

4. Go to iCloud on your iPhone & iPad and enable it.

5. Launch iCloud on your iPhone & iPad and open your PDF.

It will be opened with the help of iBooks app, though it will not be saved there unless you download it.

3. How to transfer PDF your iOS device with AirDrop

(this will work once you’re connected to WiFI or Bluetooth)

Frankly speaking, I’ve never happened to use AirDrop before. The reason is quite obvious – it never worked. Behind an incredible concept of sharing files with your friends, there is a poorly organised service that lags just too often. But if this service is working well for you (anything can happen).

Here’s what you should do:

– First off you have to make sure that your Mac can use AirDrop. To find out select ‘Go’ in the menu bar if you see AirDrop there – this means it’s supported.

– On your device go to Settings and make sure AirDrop is switched on.

– Then tap on ‘AirDrop’ in Finder. It will display the AirDrop users nearby, so just pick your iPhone from the list.

– Drag the PDF to the needed icon in the menu. It will show up in your iBooks.app.

4. How to add PDF to iBooks with iTunes.

Guys, this is the hard one. Well it was for me until I figured out how to do this. Then it became much easier.

Here’s what you should do to transfer PDF files to iPad with iTunes:

1. Launch iTunes.
2. Connect your iPhone & iPad to your computer.
3. Tap on ‘Books’ section, once the iTunes recognised your device.
4. Drag your PDF file and drop it there.

5. Go to iBooks. app on your iPhone and find your file there.

Bottom Line

All in all, these 4 ways described above may throw some light on how to transfer PDF to iPad & iPhone. Of course, there are other ways to get the job done. Say, you also can attach the file to an email from your computer and open it on your iPhone & iPad. Or you may use Dropbox.

But since these methods are quite comprehensible and obvious, they do not require further explanation. Speak your mind in the comments below what method you personally prefer. We’ll be glad to know.







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