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How to save an email as a PDF on iPhone and iPad

Saving email attachments on iPhone and iPad
Saving email attachments on iPhone and iPad (Image credit: Bryan M. Wolfe/iMore)

The Mail app is filled with helpful tools for your everyday life. And now you can even use it to save an email as a PDF on iPhone or iPad, without using your Mac. It only takes a few moments but it can save you a lot of time and problems. Here's how you can do it.

How to save an email as a PDF on iPhone and iPad

  1. Open the Mail app on your iPhone or iPad
  2. Tap an email message that you want to save as a PDF.
  3. Choose the action button. The action button looks like a reply arrow (it's also used to reply to or forward email messages).

How to save an email as a PDF on iPhone and iPad: Open the Mail app on your device, then open the email you wish to convert. Tap the Action button at the bottom. (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Scroll down, then tap Print to open the printer options.
  2. Pinch open the thumbnail image of the first page of your email.

To turn an email into a PDF, scroll down, then tap Print. Pinch open the thumbnail image. (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap the Share button in the upper right corner of the screen.
  2. Select the app you want to save or share your PDF-converted email to. In the example, the PDF gets saved in iCloud.

To turn an email into a PDF, tap the share button, then select the app you want to save or share your PDF. (Image credit: iMore )

See? Thanks to the Mail app, it's easier than ever to save an email as a PDF on iPhone and iPad. And thanks to the in-app sharing feature in the Mail app, you can do a number of things with your new PDF. You can send it to a nearby person using Dropbox, save it to your Notes app, copy it to Books, and more. A lot of third-party apps support the sharing and storing of PDF emails, too, like DropBox, Messenger, and Slack. The world is your oyster. Now go out there and turn some emails into PDFs.

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Updated October 2020: Updated for iOS 14 and iPadOS 14.

Bryan M Wolfe
Staff Writer

Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.

1 Comment
  • “it's easier than ever to save an email as a PDF on iPhone and iPad” LOL, right, that’s why I had to spend 20+ minutes searching for an article like this to explain it. Thank you for documenting Apple’s complete failure to make this process discoverable in the UI. Hopefully I will remember this the next time I need to use it. 😉