How to Download PDF to iPad

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You don’t need to worry if you have no idea how to download PDF to iPad as you’re spoiled for ways to do it. While there’s no straightforward method to directly download PDF to iPad, you can rely on different third-party apps to do the job for you, including Google Drive, Dropbox, file manager apps, and even your iCloud Drive.

If you’re confused why not just download PDF to iPad and find the file somewhere, that’s just not possible because Apple doesn’t have a default file system in place to accommodate this kind of action. Instead, you will have to rely on file manager and cloud apps. Don’t worry because most of these apps are free to download so you’ll only need to give them some space on your iPad.

If you’re ready to go, here are some methods on how to download PDF to iPad:

How to Download PDF to iPad via iCloud Drive

Step 1: Go to Safari and open the PDF file you want to download.

Step 2: Tap the share button.

Step 3: Tap Save to Files.

Step 4: Tap iCloud Drive, then Add on the top-right corner of the screen. Or, tap On My iPhone if you have a file manager app in your iPad.

Step 5: Sign in to iCloud.com on your PC.

Step 6: Click iCloud Drive.

Step 7: Click the downloaded PDF file.

How to Download PDF to iPad via File Manager App

Step 1: Download any file manager app from the App Store.

Step 2: Go to Safari and open the PDF file you want to download.

Step 2: Tap the share button.

Step 3: Swipe left and tap Copy to File Manager. (If you are using a different File manager app, you may just tap on the app icon to open PDF with that app and it usually saves automatically.)

Step 4: Tap Done. The file manager app will automatically open with your newly-downloaded PDF file on the display.

Using a file manager app, you can also download music files, videos, other document files to your iPad as well.

How to Download PDF to iPad via Google Drive App

Step 1: Download the Google Drive app from the App Store.

Step 2: Go to Safari and open the PDF file you want to download.

Step 3: Tap the share button.

Step 4: Swipe left and tap Copy to Google Drive.

Step 5: Tap Save.

  • If you’re using multiple Gmail accounts, you might need to tap Switch Account if you want to save the PDF file to another Gmail account.

Step 6: Tap the downloaded PDF file to open.

How to Download PDF to iPad via Dropbox App

Step 1: Download the Dropbox app from the App Store.

Step 2: Go to Safari and open the PDF file you want to download.

Step 2: Tap the share button.

Step 3: Swipe left and tap Copy to Dropbox.

Step 4: Tap Save. Or, choose the Dropbox folder where you want the PDF file to be saved.

How to Download PDF to iPad via iBooks App

Step 1: Go to Safari and open the PDF file you want to download.

Step 2: Tap the share button.

Step 3: Swipe left and tap Copy to iBooks. This will redirect to the iBooks app.

Conclusion

You see, there are tons of ways you can download PDF to iPad. The key takeaway here is that downloading PDF files to iPad requires a third-party app or device. Regardless, we’re hoping you get something out from this tutorial.

Which method do you think works best? Let us know in the comments section!

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