How to make a PDF on iPhone

The PDF, or portable document format file, is a widely recognized file format that is easy to save and share. You can save just about any type of file as a PDF, but most often, we see text documents, photos, and websites saved as PDFs.

Here are complete, step-by-step instructions for how to make a PDF on your iPhone, save a photo as a PDF, and convert a website to a PDF.

How to make a PDF on iPhone for saving or sharing

There are a few different ways to create PDFs on your iPhone, depending on whether you are printing, saving, or sharing your PDF document. Let’s take a look at all the different methods so you can pick the one that works best for you.

How to make a PDF on iPhone using the Files app

The Files app is where you’ll find your iPhone’s downloads, documents, files, and some images that you’ve specifically chosen to save in Files. If you’re looking for a certain document or file, always check the Files app first. It’s also a great app for converting your files to a PDF. Here’s how to make a PDF file within the Files app:

  1. Navigate to Files on your iPhone.
  2. Find the file that you want to save as a PDF and long-press on it.
  3. Tap ‘Share.’
  4. Scroll down and tap ‘Print.’
  5. Tap the share icon at the top of the screen.
  6. Tap ‘Save to Files.’
  7. Tap ‘Save.’ Now, when you open files, you will see your photo or document in its original format, as well as a PDF copy.

Clean up your photo library with Gemini Photos

When sharing and printing your photos as PDFs, you may want to scroll through your images to find the best result before sharing. Use Gemini Photos to find the best result from dozens of similar images so you can be confident you’re sharing the best option. Here’s how to choose the best photo for sharing as a PDF file:

  1. Download Gemini Photos and open it on your iPhone.
  2. If this is your first time using the app, you’ll have to give permission for Gemini Photos to access your camera roll.
  3. Tap on ‘Similar,’ choose a month, and scroll through the photos until you find the one that you want to share as a PDF file.
  4. The largest image will show you the best result, with all the similar images listed as thumbnails below. You can choose to move the thumbnails to the trash, keep them all, or manually scroll through and choose your favorite.
  5. Once you have selected the best result and deleted the others, you can go to the Photos app and save your photo as a PDF. Bonus — you’ve successfully deleted all those similar photos that you no longer need.

How to save a photo as a PDF on iPhone

Some photographers will save their photos as PDFs when they need to be printed or shared in a high resolution. That’s because JPEGs often compress photos, which results in a loss of detail in the image. PDFs, by contrast, are high quality and easy to manipulate.

Here’s how to save a photo as a PDF on iPhone:

  1. Navigate to Photos on your iPhone.
  2. Choose and tap on the image that you want to convert to a PDF.
  3. Tap the share icon at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Scroll down and choose ‘Print.’
  5. Tap the share icon again.
  6. Choose ‘Save to Files’ to save your image as a PDF, or choose a recipient to send your PDF photo.
  7. Tap ‘Save’ in Files or send to share your photo with a message or email recipient.

How to save a webpage as a PDF on iPhone

Want to save an article, blog post, or recipe from your favorite website? Convert it to a PDF file and save it to your Files on iPhone. You can also text or email your PDF to yourself or someone else. Follow these instructions to make it work:

  1. Open your browser of choice on your iPhone and navigate to the webpage that you want to save.
  2. Tap the share icon at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap ‘Options.’
  4. Choose ‘PDF’ and tap ‘Done.’
  5. Choose ‘Save to Files’ and choose a file folder to save your website to.
  6. Tap ‘Save.’

If you’re looking for a convenient file format with good resolution and compatibility with multiple programs and apps, a PDF is always a good choice. When you save your photo, document, or website as a PDF on your iPhone, you are ensuring that you can print it and share it with ease.

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