How to Print and Share PDF Files on iPhone & iPad

Here is a guide on how to print and share PDF files on your iPhone and iPad.

PDF files are one of the most commonly used file formats for printing and quickly sharing documents. Until iOS 10 released, there has not been a solid easy way to accomplish this from within the iOS without the assistance of some third-party apps.

Read: iOS 10 Tips & Tricks

AirPrint has been a useful option for iPhone and iPad users that want to be able to print documents and photos wirelessly, yet the PDF support was still lacking when compared to its ease on the Mac. With iOS 10, Apple has finally added support for sharing and printing PDF files for virtually any application.

How to Print and Share PDF Files on iOS 10

Here are the steps to be able to share and print PDF files from your iOS device.

Watch the above video for steps on how to print and create PDF files from the various apps on your iOS device.

Creating a PDF from Print Panel

The iPhone Share menu option now includes the option to Print directly from the application you are using. Now when you are browsing Safari, you are able to instantly print articles or documents to your AirPrint enabled Printer.

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However, if you want to just save a PDF of what you are currently browsing, and potentially iMessage it or Mail it, you can do so from being within the Print Panel. The Print Panel will display available Printer options, page printing and more. Below you will see a preview of your document you are planning to print.

Using two fingers and zooming in on this preview will reveal another Share icon in the bottom Left Corner. You can also use 3D touch on 6S and newer iPhones to Peek and Pop the PDF.

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Tapping this Share icon will reveal multiple share options for your Applications including the aforementioned Messages, Mail and even Notes, Slack and Dropbox. You will notice the file format now has the extension .pdf and has been successfully converted by the iOS to be a PDF file.

Printing PDF Files with AirPrint

Now that you know how to create a PDF and share the file digitally, you are also able to print using AirPrint to your supported wireless printer. Now that Apple has included the print option within the Share icon, you are able to easily tap and send files to be printed straight from your iOS device.

When using AirPrint in iOS 10, Apple is integrating Bluetooth beacon technology to better connect your device to your printer. Once your printer is configured, you will be able to instantly send print information from your device just as easily as you would on a computer.

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PDF support and wireless printing are certainly two top features that users need in order to efficiently use their products for business and documents. There have always been ways to work around the lack of PDF support yet Apple has made the right decision to include it natively. PDF’s are one of the most commonly used document types and the ability to print and share these on the fly is highly beneficial.

iOS 11 vs iOS 10: What’s New in iOS 11.2 & iOS 11.2.1

What's New in iOS 11.2 & iOS 11.2.1

What's New in iOS 11.2 & iOS 11.2.1

The iOS 11.2.1 update is small and it focuses on fixes for HomeKit that Apple already fixed on the server side. This is an important update to install if you use HomeKit. 

The iOS 11.2 update delivers a major fix for the crashing iPhone, dozens of other fixes and includes Apple Pay Cash. The update is about 480MB for most users and should install pretty quickly if you are already on iOS 11.1.2.

Apple Pay Cash - This new service lets you send, request and receive money from other iPhone users.

 

 


  • Adds support for faster wireless charging on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X with compatible third-party accessories
  • Introduces three new Live wallpapers for iPhone X
  • Improves video camera stabilization
  • Adds support in Podcasts to automatically advance to the next episode from the same show
  • Adds support in HealthKit for downhill snow sports distance as a data type
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Mail to appear to be checking for new messages even when a download is complete
  • Fixes an issue that could cause cleared Mail notifications from Exchange accounts to reappear
  • Improves stability in Calendar
  • Resolves an issue where Settings could open to a blank screen
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent swiping to Today View or Camera from the Lock Screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent Music controls from displaying on the Lock Screen
  • Fixes an issue that could cause app icons to be arranged incorrectly on the Home Screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent users from deleting recent photos when iCloud storage is exceeded
  • Addresses an issue where Find My iPhone sometimes wouldn’t display a map
  • Fixes an issue in Messages where the keyboard could overlap the most recent message
  • Fixes an issue in Calculator where typing numbers rapidly could lead to incorrect results
  • Addressed an issue where the keyboard could respond slowly
  • Adds support for real-time text (RTT) phone calls for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Improves VoiceOver stability in Messages, Settings, App Store, and Music
  • Resolves an issue that prevented VoiceOver from announcing incoming Notifications

The iOS 11.1.2 update fixed the following items, which are also rolled into the iOS 11.2 update. 

  • Fixes and issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop. 
  • Addresses an issue that could cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with the iPhone X. 

If you are on a much older version the update will be larger and it will include the other fixes listed below. 

The iOS 11.1.1 update is out now for the iPhone and iPad. This update includes all of the changes from iOS 11.1 and two very important fixes. This small update is just over 50MB in size on most iPhones that are on iOS 11.1 already. 

  • Fixes autocorrect problem that replaced "I" with a question mark box and other symbols. 
  • Fixes Hey Siri not responding. 

The iOS 11.1.1 update includes all of the same security fixes as iOS 11.1, and the new features outlined below. After a lot of iOS 11 problems, the iOS 11.1 update is about delivering a lot of fixes that will help you use the iPhone better. This is a free update that is about 200 to 300 MB in size and it is one that most users will want to install on their iPhone. Here's a full list of the changes in iOS 11.1 including many fixes for the Photos app and for Accessibility. 

  • Over 70 new emoji characters including new food types, animals, mythical creatures, clothing options, more expressive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters and more
  • Resolves an issue that could cause some photos to appear blurry
  • Addresses an issue that could cause Live Photo effects to playback slowly
  • Fixes an issue that could cause some photos to not display in the People album when restoring from an iCloud Backup
  • Fixes an issue that could impact performance when swiping between screenshots
  • Improves braille support for Grade 2 input
  • Improves VoiceOver access to multi-page PDFs
  • Improves VoiceOver rotor actions for announcing incoming notifications
  • Improves VoiceOver rotor actions menu when removing an app from the App Switcher
  • Fixes an issue for some users where alternative keys would not display when using VoiceOver with Touch Typing
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would always return to default action in Mail
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would not delete messages
  • Adds back support for accessing the app switcher by pressing on edge of display with 3D Touch
  • Fixes an issue that caused cleared Mail notifications to reappear on Lock screen
  • Fixes an issue in enterprise environments that prevented data from being moved between managed apps
  • Fixes an issue with some 3rd-party GPS accessories that caused inaccuracies in location data
  • Resolves an issue where settings for Heart Rate notifications were appearing in Apple Watch app (1st generation)
  • Fixes an issue where app icons were not appearing in notifications on Apple Watch

Apple also includes a number of important security fixes, including one for a major WiFi flaw in this update. Most users will want to install iOS 11.1 for the security updates as much as for the new emoji. 

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