How to print Mail messages to PDF with 3D Touch on iPhone

3D Touch makes saving to PDFs a breeze on iPhone!

Sometimes, you just want to save an entire email, not just the attachment, as a PDF. With the Share Sheet, you can quickly add any email to iBooks or any supported PDF viewer. If you're using an iPhone with 3D Touch, you can also save emails as PDFs from the print screen. Here's how.

How to print an email message to PDF on iPhones with 3D Touch

This method only works with 3D Touch, which means it does not work on iPhone 5s and older or on the iPhone SE.

  1. Launch Mail from your Home screen.
  2. Open the message you want to print.
  3. Tap on the Action button at the bottom. (The same one you'd use to reply or forward the message.)
  4. Tap on Print.
  5. Press firmly on the Thumbnail image to "peek" at it with 3D Touch.

  6. Press firmly again to "pop" it into a full PDF preview.
  7. Tap the Share button at the top right to bring up the Share Sheet.
  8. Tap on the share or action extension you want to use to share or save the PDF.

You can save to iBooks right from there and, if you have the apps installed, to Dropbox, Google Drive, Kindle, and other storage providers. You can also share via Messages, Mail, and any other apps you have available, like Slack. You can even access your Workflow automations.