How to Transfer PDF to iPad?

You can put PDFs on your bookshelf for the new iPad. iPad has the iBooks, the excellent eBook app, which you can use to read eBook and PDF files. You can import the PDF files from computers to iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad 3 and other models. Check out this guide if you want to download a PDF from website to your iPad. Continue reading if you need to add PDF files from your PC / Mac to iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad 3 and other iPhone models.

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How to Transfer PDF files to iPad?

Step 1. Add PDF to iTunes

The first step to transfer PDF files to iPad Air, is to add the PDF files to iTunes app. To do that, open the iTunes on your computer. Click “File” >> select “Add to Library” or “Add Folder to Library” from the drop-down menu. Now you will have the option to browse to and pick u the PDF files to send to iPad Air. Once the PDF files added from PC or Mac to iTunes, go to open the Books in the left column from your iTunes Library. You can find the adds PDF files there.

Step 2. Transfer PDF files to iPad Air/Mini via iTunes

Now it’s time to transfer the PDF to iPad through iTunes sync. Connect your iPad Air/mini with your computer through the USB cable. Select your iPad under the “Devices” section in iTunes. Click on the “Books” tab near the top of the screen. Check the “Sync Books” box and choose the “All books” or “Selected books” option. “All books” is for you to sync all books once, “Selected books” is to only sync specific books. Check the boxes of the PDF you would like to add to iBooks if you chose the “Selected books” option. Hit the “Sync” button at the bottom right area of the iTunes interface to transfer the PDF files to your iPad Air.

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PDF to iPad Transfer Tips:

1. You can choose to select to send multiple PDF files or entire folder to iTunes. iTunes will automatically detect the file types, for PDF files they will be added to the Books Library automatically.

2. You can open iBooks on your iPad Air to find and read the PDF files. Tap on the “PDF” tab at the top of the iBooks screen, then all the imported PDF files will be listed, tap to open any PDF files to read on your iPad Air.

3. 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. Thus we recommend you to rename the PDF files on your computer before syncing them to your iPhone iPad. Alternatively you can also rename the PDF files in iBooks so you can quickly find any PDF doc you want.

4. In addition to keeping all your books in one place, iBooks stores your PDF files on iPad. User guides, business proposals, project plans — all go on your bookshelf, too. When someone emails you a PDF, open and save the PDF in iBooks on iPhone and iPad. Or sync the PDFs on your Mac or PC to your iOS device. Then go to your bookshelf and tap to open one.

5. The above instructions apply to iPad Air, iPad mini, other iPad models and iPhone as well, such as iPad 3, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5s, etc.


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      It does a lot more than transfer /sync books, PDF files, contacts. Download it from above link, you will see how easy it is.

  1. What a waste of time. Can’t believe Apple makes you jump through hoops to get simple stuff done. Regretting my decision to buy an iPad already. Great hardware but ridiculous file management.

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