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How To View PDF Online

by Akemi

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View your PDF files online, without needing to download any software, with Smallpdf PDF Reader.

Did you know there are over 2.5 trillion (yes, with a “t”) PDFs in the world? The format was invented to make it possible to share information more easily. As it’s compatible with any device and its contents are never influenced by the software used to open it, PDF really took off and is likely the most popular file format out there. All this considered, it’s not a stretch to claim that everyone needs a PDF Reader, whether it is to view documents online or offline and, of course, also on your cell phone. Fortunately for you, Smallpdf offers all three options—for free, of course!

How To View PDF Online With Smallpdf

  1. Drag and drop your file to the indicated area.

  2. And voilà! You will see your file presented immediately.

  3. From the PDF Reader, you can also access a wide range of PDF tools to compress, convert, rotate or even freely edit your file.


How To View PDFs Online

How To View PDFs on Mobile


If you prefer, you can always open your PDF in the PDF Reader on our website using your smartphone, as it’s completely responsive to any screen size.

But to make your reading experience even more enjoyable, we recommend downloading our app for Android or iOS. In the app, you can view not only PDFs, but also JPGs and Word documents.

Just select the desired file from the file list and click on the glasses icon on the bottom of the screen. The app will adapt the text to the most comfortable size for reading so that your eyes don’t suffer from squinting at the small letters!

What if I Want To Download a Software To View PDF Offline?


If you need a software on your computer to view PDFs offline, for occasions when you don't have an internet connection, like on a flight or in the middle of the Amazon Forest, don’t worry. We also have software available for you.

The Smallpdf Desktop App comes, of course, with a PDF Reader, with which you can open any PDF file.

If you’re a Pro user, the app packs a whole lot more than a comfortable PDF Reader, though. You can use it to perform practically all the procedures we offer on our website, such as compress, convert, join, rotate... With a 7-day free trial, you can test all these features without spending a penny, for a whole week!

Tip: make Smallpdf the standard PDF reader on your computer.

How To Choose A Default PDF Reader on Mac:

  1. Right click on any PDF file
  2. Click on 'Get Info'
  3. In the 'Open with' section, select 'Smallpdf'
  4. Then click 'Change All'
  5. In the pop-up window, click 'Continue' to finish the process.

How To Choose A Default PDF Reader on Windows:

  1. Right-click on any PDF file
  2. Press “Change” next to “Opens with.”
  3. Select Smallpdf from the list of options.
  4. Press “OK” and then “Apply” and it’s done.

There you go. Enjoy reading all your documents in comfort!

Akemi - Marketing Smallpdf
Digital Marketing Specialist