Whether you love them or detest them, PDFs are a necessary component of our lives, so you can’t just ignore them. Even so, altering PDFs and navigating around them may be very challenging. To be able to modify a PDF, you frequently need to download additional software or install apps. When you need to rapidly alter a PDF, perhaps add comments or sign a document that needs to be delivered promptly but don’t have access to your notebook or tablet, this might be a pain.
You could look around for apps, download them, and learn how to utilise them. Or simply use your iPhone to modify the PDF. Yes, it is possible to use your iPhone to edit a PDF without downloading any other software. In addition to “Markup and Highlight” editing features, you may also modify the orientation of a PDF, add text, and even sign it.
Apple added the ability to edit PDFs on the iPhone with the release of iOS 15, and you can do so by using Files, one of the phone’s native apps.
How to Edit a PDF on iPhone Using Files App
On iOS devices, the Files app is pre-installed. It is essentially a tool for file organisation, as the name suggests. However, it also includes a variety of additional features, one of which is the ability to edit PDFs. There is no need to download any other software, and editing is also a fairly straightforward process.
All you have to do is adhere to these instructions:
Step 0: Make sure your iPhone has iOS 15
The most important thing to remember is that this is an iOS 15 feature, so you must make sure your iPhone has the most recent version. It is a huge plus that Apple releases new upgrades for iPhones of prior generations, meaning that models like the iPhone 6s and iPhone SE (first generation) are still compatible.
Step 1: Open PDF in Files app
On your iPhone, open the Files app and choose the PDF you want to edit. To do this, open Files, which is pre-installed on iPhones, type in the name of the PDF, then hit Open. By the way, the Files app on your iPhone allows you to store any PDF you receive.
Step 2: Tap on the ‘marker’ icon
The PDF will have a tiny “marker” icon in the upper left corner of the display once it has been opened. Click the icon. A variety of editing tools, such as different markers like pens, pencils, scales, and highlighters, will be made available to you as a result.
Step 3: Press the “+” to do more
Tap on the tiny “+” symbol located on the bottom right of the editing tools panel if you want to add text, magnify a part, add a signature, or add a box to the PDF. You will then have further options, such as the choice to add text, a signature, and other shapes to the PDF. You can choose the one that best meets your requirements.
Step 4: Use the sidebar to view multiple pages
In addition to this, there are a few other ways to edit PDFs on the iPhone using the Files app. You must swipe right from the top left corner of the screen to get to these options. When you do this, a sidebar will appear that displays all of the PDF’s pages in order, one below the other. You may easily choose the page you wish to edit using this sidebar by touching on it.
Step 5: Change orientation, insert a page and more
Naturally, you can touch on the “marker” icon in the top right corner of the screen once you’ve chosen the page you want to update. There’s more, though: selecting the “three dots” in the sidebar on the page will give you access to five other editing options. The first two choices in the list allow you to rotate the page Left or Right. These options also allow you to adjust the orientation of the page.
By choosing “Insert Blank Page,” you can also add a fresh blank page to your PDF. Alternatively, you can choose and insert a different file from the Files app. Another choice on the list is to scan a document and add it straight to the PDF.
Step 6: Merge multiple PDFs to make a single PDF
Additionally, you can pick and combine two or more PDFs to create a single PDF. You must press on the “three tiny dots” icon in the top right corner of the Files app to accomplish this. The PDFs you want to combine can then be selected by tapping on them and selecting “Select” from the list.
The same “three tiny dots” icon needs to be clicked after choosing the files, but this time it will be in the lower right corner of the screen. The option to “Create PDF” will appear when you tap on it; all you have to do is click on it, and presto! There will be just one PDF produced.
And that’s it!
The updated version of the PDF will be saved on your device as soon as you finish editing it by tapping the “Done” button in the top left corner of the screen. If you’d like, you can rename the PDF by tapping on its name.