Email PDF Files on iPad iPhone

iOS devices are great PDF and eBooks readers. If you have saved many PDF files on computer, you can transfer the PDF files from computer to your iPad or iPhone. When you want to share your PDF files or books through email on iPad iPhone, how can you attach files like PDF or books to an email on iPhone or iPad? The iOS, including the latest iOS 11, needs a feature to allow its mail users to attach files, other than image or video files, to an email as attachment. Currently to send PDF from iPhone iPad, you need to attach the PDF file to email from other apps, such as the iBook. Below we will show you how to attach PDF to email and send it as attachment.

Send PDF Files via Email on iPad iPhone

Open iBooks app on your iOS device. If it is not installed yet, go to App Store and download it for free.

In iBooks, open the PDFs library there you can find all PDF files beneath. Tap to choose and open the PDF file you want to send as email attachment. Then tap on the Share button on the top. You will see a pop-up menu with two items: Email and Print, see below screen capture on iPhone.

send pdf documents through email from ibooks app on iphone

If you want to send PDF documents from iBooks app on iPad, you will see a screen like this.

email pdf on ipad iphone

Choose Email menu item, you will attach the selected PDF file to email as attachment, see below figure.
send pdf files through email on ipad iphone
Now you can choose your email recipient, tap to edit the email subject, tap on the blank area of email body to compose the email, and finally tap on the Send button on the top right corner to send PDF file as email attachment from your iPhone or iPad.

Note this guide applies to various iPhone iPad models, like iPad air, iPad mini, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone X, on different iOS versions, such as iOS 7, iOS 8, iOS 9, iOS 10, iOS 11, etc. If you find some good PDF online, you may follow this method to save the PDF files on iPhone.

Update Jan 2018: this article was originally published in 2014 and has since been updated. We updated this article to reflect the new changes in iOS 11, iPhone 8.

4 thoughts on “Email PDF Files on iPad iPhone”

    1. that’s true.
      this method can only help users send PDF files one by one, other than attaching multiple PDFs to the same email and send them in a batch mode.

  1. Thank you, your article was very helpful. The PDFs document I produced using your method was untitled. How do I assign it a title?

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