How to save PDF files from Safari directly to iBooks


Have you ever come across a PDF file while surfing the web in Safari and wondered how to save a copy to iBooks for later viewing? Whether you need to save an important forms, an eBook, a user manual, an insurance policy, or something as simple as a nutritional information sheet for your favorite restaurant, your iPhone and iPad have the ability to save to iBooks built right in. And using iBooks to store and manage PDFs is much, much easier than saving tons of bookmarks and waiting for them to re-load each time.

Here's how to do it.

  1. launch Safari
  2. Go to the PDF link you want to save.Save a PDF from Safari to iBooks
  3. You should now see a button in the upper right hand corner under the address bar that says Open in iBooks. Tap it.iBooks saves PDFs opened in Safari
  4. iBooks will now load the document for you and automatically save it to your PDF bookshelf.PDF library in iBooks
  5. If you click the Library tab in the upper left hand corner you'll now see the PDF has been added to your PDF shelf.

That's all there is to it. You should be able to do this with any standard PDF you want to save directly from Safari. The process is the same on the iPad as well. And if you have iBooks syncing enabled all the PDFs you save from your iPhone will be able on your iPad and vice versa.

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Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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How to save PDF files from Safari directly to iBooks


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