How to convert photo to PDF on iPhone and iPad (3 Ways)

convert photo to pdf on iphone and ipad

The images stored on your iPhone are likely in a variety of different file types (like HEIC, JPEG, PNG, etc.) Most of these file formats are compatible with all major platforms. However, you might have to save photos to PDF for paper-work documentation, classwork, or other specific purposes. 

In this guide, I will show you 3 ways to convert photo to pdf on iPhone and iPad.

How to convert a picture to PDF on iPhone using Printer Options

  1. Open Photos on your iPhone and tap Albums. Now, tap Select and choose one or multiple images.
  2. Tap Share.
  3. Choose Print from the Share Sheet.

    tap on select choose photos tap on share and then tap on print in photos app on iphone
  4. Using two fingers on the photo preview, pinch outwards to save the photo as a PDF.

    pinch out thumbnail tap on share and select option to convert photo to pdf on iphone

Select Books on the Share Sheet to turn a picture into a PDF

  1. Select the photos and tap Share.
  2. Tap Books on the Share Sheet. Swipe horizontally on the row of app icons, if needed.

    choose photos tap on share and then tap on books app on iphone
  3. The photos will automatically convert into a PDF file and open in Books. It will be saved there.
  4. Tap the screen and then tap the back arrow to go back.
  5. Next, tap More (three dots).

    tap on back arrow tap on three dots in books app on iphone

You can learn more about Books in our full guide.

Save photos as PDF on iPhone and iPad using the Files app

Files lets you quickly create PDFs. However, the photo must be saved under Files. So, if you already have images here, continue with the following steps. If they are in Drive, Dropbox, One Drive, etc. you can see how to enable these third-party cloud services inside Files.

Or, to copy the pictures from Photos to Files: Select the images inside Photos → tap Share button → Save to Files.

choose images tap on share and then tap on save to files in photos app on iphone

Once that’s out of the way, here are the steps to create a PDF from Photos on the iPhone.

  1. Open Files and locate the image.
  2. To convert a single image into a PDF: Long press on the image and choose Create PDF.

    long press on image and tap on create pdf in files app on iphone
  3. To convert several images into PDF: Tap More (three dots inside a circle) from the top right and tap on Select.

    tap on three dots and then tap on select in files app on iphone
  4. Now, tap multiple photos. Once done, tap More from the bottom right and choose Create PDF.

    select files tap on three dots and then tap on create pdf on iphone

Files will make a PDF out of those images. It will get saved in the same location as the original pictures. You can see our full guide on using Files to copy, move, or share this PDF.

Ways to convert Photo to PDF on iPhone

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We hope this guide helped you convert photos to PDF on your iPhone or iPad. All three methods are equally viable, but my favorite one involves using the Books app. With this method, the PDF is created quickly and safely saved there for future use.

You can also use third-party apps like PDF Expert (image to PDF conversion is a Pro feature).

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  1. None of this works. I look in Files on my iPhone and long press and it doesn’t have a convert to PDF option.

    1. Go to Photos and select the picture(s) you want a PDF of. Save the pic(s) to Files by tapping Share > Save to Files. Make sure you save it to “on my iPhone”. Then, head to Files, and do not tap to open the picture. Tap and Hold on the image thumbnail in Files, and the last option in the drop down list is “Create PDF”.
      Remember, you shouldn’t expand the image in Files.

      Alternatively, just share the photo(s) to your Books app and it’ll immediately create a saveable/shareable PDF. If absolutely nothing else works, send your photo from your phone to your computer and turn the pic to a PDF online.

  2. Thank you for the very simple to follow directions! Helped save me money from having to download an app that I can do the same thing for free.

  3. Where is the PDF created through Books this way? Are they in any way related with the Files app storage iniCloud?

  4. The PDF has stored in the Books app. And though it’s not related to the Files app, it will use iCloud storage.

  5. Finally,

    An actual true way to create PDFs on an iPhone for free. Instead of downloading those rip-off apps that charge monthly fees

    Thank you so much for this!

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