How to Edit a PDF on Your iPhone Without Downloading Any Apps! - TechPP (2023)

Love them or hate them, PDFs are an integral part of our lives which is why one certainly cannot ignore them. But even then, editing PDFs and working around them can still be a major headache. You often need to download additional software or install applications to be able to edit a PDF. This can particularly be a pain when you do not have access to your notebook or tablet but need to edit a PDF quickly – maybe add notes or sign a document that must be sent urgently!

Well, you could scout around for an app, download and figure out how to use it. Or just edit the PDF on your iPhone. Yes, there is a way in which you can edit a PDF on your iPhone without having to install any additional apps. And not just “Markup and Highlight” editing options but options that allow you to change orientation, add text, and even your signature to a PDF.

With the release of iOS 15, Apple added the ability to edit PDFs on iPhone, and it can be done by using one of the native apps on the phone – Files.

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How to Edit PDF on iPhone Using Files App

Files is an app that comes pre-installed on iOS devices. As its name indicates, it is basically a file organizing tool. But it has a number of other abilities as well, one of which is to let you edit PDFs. You do not have to install any third-party app, and the editing process is pretty simple as well.

All you have to do is follow these steps:

Step 0: Make sure your iPhone has iOS 15

The first and foremost thing to keep in mind is that this is an iOS 15 feature which means you have to make sure that your iPhone is updated. It is a massive plus point that Apple delivers new updates to even older generation iPhones which means iPhones as old as iPhone 6s and iPhone SE (first generation) are eligible for the update.

Step 1: Open PDF in Files app

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Open the PDF you wish to edit in the Files app on your iPhone. For this, go to Files, which comes pre-installed in iPhones, search for the PDF by name and tap it open. Incidentally, you can save any PDF received by you on your iPhone in the Files app.

Step 2: Tap on the ‘marker’ icon

Once opened, the PDF will have a small ‘marker’ icon on the top left side of the display. Tap on the icon. This will present you with a number of editing tools, including different markers like pens, pencils, scales, and highlighters.

Step 3: Press the “+” to do more

If you wish to add text, magnify a part, add a signature or a box to the PDF, tap on the tiny “+” icon present on the bottom right side of the editing tools school. This will give you another set of options, including the ability to add text, signature, and different shapes to the PDF. You can select the one which suits your needs.

Step 4: Use the sidebar to view multiple pages

Apart from these editing options, there are a few more that one can use to edit PDFs using the Files app on the iPhone. To access these options, you have to swipe right from the top left side of the screen. Doing this will open a sidebar that will show all the pages in the PDF, one below the other. Using this sidebar, you can simply select the page you want to edit by tapping on it.

Step 5: Change orientation, insert a page, and more

Once you have selected the page that you wish to edit, you can, of course, tap on the ‘marker’ icon on the top right corner of the screen. But there’s more: tapping on the ‘three dots’ on the page in the sidebar will offer you five new editing options. These options include the ability to change the orientation of the page – you can choose to rotate the page Left or Right using the first two options present in the list.

You can also add a new blank page to your PDF by selecting the “Insert Blank Page” choice, or you can select and insert another document from the Files app. There is also an option in the list to scan a document and add it to the PDF directly.

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Step 6: Merge multiple PDFs to make a single PDF

You can also select and merge two or more PDFs and bring them into a single PDF. To do this, in the Files app, you have to tap on the ‘three tiny dots’ icon on the top right side of the screen. You can then press “Select” from the list and then tap and select the PDFs you wish to merge.

After selecting the files, you have to head to the same ‘three tiny dots’ icon, but this time it will be on the bottom right side of the screen. Tap on it, and you will find the option to “Create PDF.” You simply have to click on the option, and Voila! A single PDF will be created.

And Done!

After you are through with your edits, you can simply tap on “Done” on the top left side of your screen, and the edited version of the PDF will be saved on your device. You can tap on the name of the PDF to rename it if you wish.

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How to Edit PDF on iPhone online

Another alternative to the Files app are the online PDF editors, which also let you edit PDFs on iPhone without having to download any app. We suggest PDF Candy which is free and easy-to-use tool. Here’s how you go about it.

Step 1: Open the PDF Candy website on your browser of choice and tap on the “Add File” button.

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Step 2: Select the PDF you want to edit. You get options for adding text, arrows, images, shape highlights, signatures, and more.

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Step 3: Make the edits as you like and tap the Export File button on the bottom.

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Step 4: That’s it! Your edited PDF is ready to use.

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FAQs about Editing PDFs on iPhone

1. Can I edit a pdf file on my iPhone?

This is one of the most-asked questions. Of course, you can edit a pdf file on iPhone. There are both simple and sophisticated pdf editor apps for iPhone and iPad (both free as well as paid) but the good thing about the new iOS 15 is, you don't need to install a new app in order to edit a pdf file on iPhone. That's right. All you need is the Files app which comes pre-installed on both iPhone and iPad. Follow our guide above to achieve the same.

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2. Does Apple have a PDF Editor?

Till a few months back, the answer to this question would have been NO. But since iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, Apple has introduced a feature in the built-in Files app that lets you edit PDF files right on your iPhone and iPad. While this is not a full-fledged PDF editor, it can get work done if all you are looking for is simple editing like adding pages, deleting pages, etc. Follow our guide above to edit pdf on iPhone with ease.

On Mac, you can use the Preview app which lets you edit pdf documents for free. But ensure you are using macOS Catalina and above.

3. How can I edit a PDF on my iPhone for free?

There are many free PDF editor apps available for iPhone and iPad. You can also use free online pdf editors to edit PDFs on iPhone. But the easiest and most practical way is to use the Files app that comes bundled in with iOS 15 to edit PDF documents on iPhone. We have listed down the detailed step-by-step instructions to edit pdf on iPhones.

In case you are looking to electronically sign PDF document on iPhone, we have a guide for that as well.

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How do I edit a PDF on my iPhone without the app? ›

Here's how to do so.
  1. On your iPhone, tap Files.
  2. Open a PDF file.
  3. From the left edge of your iPhone, swipe to the right to see the thumbnail page view.
  4. Press and hold on a page to open the edit menu.
  5. Choose to rotate the file, insert pages from files, or scan new pages in.
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How can I edit a PDF file on my phone without any app? ›

How to edit a PDF on Android (Adobe PDF editor website)
  1. Open your mobile browser and go to the Adobe PDF editor website.
  2. View the page in desktop mode. ...
  3. Tap the blue Select a file button.
  4. Find (and open) your desired PDF file.
  5. Sign into your existing Adobe account or create a new one.
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Does iPhone have PDF editing? ›

Edit a PDF in the Books app on your iPhone or iPad

If you want to edit or add a signature to a PDF, use Markup. To rename a PDF on your iPhone, open the Books app and find the PDF in the Library tab. To find the PDF on your iPad, go to Library in the sidebar. Then tap the Show Actions button and choose Rename.

How to edit PDF without editor? ›

Alternative method for editing PDFs in Word
  1. Open Microsoft Word and click the ''File'' option.
  2. Choose the ''Open'' option.
  3. Now, select the PDF file you want to edit.
  4. Here, you can see a notification that your PDF file is converted into an editable format.
  5. Click ''OK'' and you are ready to edit the file.
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How do I make a PDF text editable? ›

How to make a PDF editable with Acrobat.
  1. Open your PDF file in Acrobat Pro.
  2. Click the Edit PDF tool on the right-hand panel. ...
  3. Use editing tools to add new text, edit text, or update fonts using selections from the Format drop-down list.
  4. Move, add, replace, or resize images using the tools in the Objects list.

What app makes PDF editable? ›

Get the Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile app, the world's most trusted PDF reader and document editor with more than 635 million installs. Store your files online and read documents anywhere. You can also view, share, annotate, sign documents using a digital signature, and add comments—all in one app without any ads.


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