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How to Save PDF on iPad

by Hung Nguyen

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Various ways to save PDF files, or other file types to PDF format on your iPad online.

With millions of PDFs floating around and a whopping 43 million iPads sold in the US alone last year, you’re bound to stumble upon this file format at one point on your tablet. Whether you need to save an opened PDF document to your iPhone or iPad or convert another file to PDF format, we’re got you covered.

How to save PDF files on an iPad online

  1. Open the PDF on Safari (the web browser).

  2. Click the arrow at the bottom of the screen.

  3. Swipe through the available options until you see ‘Create PDF’.

  4. After a PDF has been rendered, click ‘Done’.

  5. Click ‘Save File To…’, choose the location and click ‘Add’.

  6. Voila, your PDF file will be stored in the designated folder.

This method works for any page on the Internet. It doesn’t matter if you have a PDF opened, or want to save a whole webpage as a PDF on your iPad, the instructions above should do the trick. Now, if you have a document opened in a different format that you want to convert to PDF format, then you can switch to use our online PDF converter to do so.

How to save PDF files from other formats on iPad

  1. Make sure you have the file on your iPad.

  2. Open Smallpdf’s PDF converter.

  3. Click ‘Choose File’ and upload the document.

  4. Wait for the file to process, and download.

  5. You can also save the PDF to Google Drive or Dropbox.

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Easy file conversion to PDF, accessible on your iPad!

If you don’t have a PDF reader or PDF editor on your iPad, I’d suggest saving the file to one of the online storage platforms, such as Google Drive or iCloud Drive. On the result page of our PDF converter, you can email yourself the document, if this is more convenient. The online tool currently can save Word, Excel, PPT, and a variety of images to PDF on your iPad, for free.

Save PDF on other iOS devices


As a fully functional cloud platform, you can save PDF documents on an iPad, iPhone, iPod, MacBooks...etc. As long as you have an internet connection (to access Smallpdf), saving a webpage to PDF format will be a piece of cake. And if you work with PDFs frequently on your computer, also consider grabbing yourself a copy of the Smallpdf Desktop app, which converts, merge, split, and edit PDFs offline. This software is currently available for macOS 10.9+.

Reliable online PDF service


Smallpdf has been at this for a while now. After 6 years, we have supported over 200 million individuals with their documents, and currently, process over 1 million PDFs on a daily basis. Other than our free online converters, there are similar online guides and tutorials, such as this one, on how to save PDF on iPads - all for your needs. We push out new tools and blog articles frequently, so don’t forget to use bookmark us, for whenever PDF needs.

A mobile app is in the works and soon, you will also be able to save PDF files on your iPad and other Apple devices soon.

Hung Nguyen
Hung Nguyen
Senior Growth Marketing Manager @Smallpdf