How to Save PDF Files on iPad?

If you are a new iPad user, you may have difficulties saving PDF files to iPad. PDF is such a popular documents format, almost all iPad users would find it in their daily use of the iPad. Many websites offer PDF tutorial or manual downloads. Your email contacts may send you PDF files. Your invoice, bills, bank statement and many more files may be in PDF format. iPad is a good PDF reader with the excellent iBooks app built-in which allows you to manage and read PDF files.

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How to Save PDF files from the internet on iPad for backup or offline reading?

1. Tap on a PDF file in your Email attachment or from a web page, your Safari browser on iPad should display the PDF file.

2. When the PDF file is open, tap on the PDF again to show the Opening options. You should find the popup dialogue from the top of Safari browser window.

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3. Choose the Open option from the popup dialogue and tap on iBooks, then this app will open the PDF file.

4. When you open a PDF with iBooks, iBooks will save a copy to its library. So you can easily find the PDF saved the last time. And you can read the saved PDF offline later.

Other than downloading PDF files from website to iPad, you can also transfer PDF files from computer to iPad.


  • It is almost the same to download PDF files to iPhone. This should apply to different iPad models, including newer models like iPad 3, iPad mini, iPad air, etc.
  • When you have stored many PDF documents in iBooks, it will become difficult to find the PDF files you need especially when they do not have descriptive titles. You can refer to these steps to rename the PDF files in iBooks so you can quickly find any PDF doc you want.

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