How to Edit PDF Files On iPhone with PDF Editor Apps

Editing PDFs had never been more convenient on iOS devices. And it’s all thanks to the best PDF editor apps for iPhone and iPad! Having tried out a number of rich apps, we have picked out the top PDF editors for iOS. As far as functionality is concerned, they are extremely versatile and allow you to edit PDFs with utmost ease. Head over to explore the top picks!

Best PDF Editor Apps for iPhone and iPad in 2020

#1. Good Reader

GoodReader iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

“GoodReader” has long been the best PDF reader app for iOS. It’s fully capable of handling huge PDF and TXT files, manuals, large books, and magazines. The app features a built-in file manager that let’s manage local files and email attachments with ease.

You can mark-up PDFs and use typewriter text boxes, sticky notes, lines, arrows, and freehand drawings ideally design your files. The app lets you access a number of servers like Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive,, WebDAV, SMB, AFP, FTP and SFTP to transfer files with ease. Moreover, there is also a text-to-speech feature that will read PDF and TXT files for you.

Price: Free

#2. PDF Reader Pro

PDF Reader Pro Edition iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

When it comes to functionality, I have always rated “PDF Reader Pro” very highly. The app is very efficient for reading, managing and annotating PDF files. You can collaborate and add annotations with other users on the same file. You will also be able to chat with them about your progress.

It also lets you add notes to the document. Take the full advantage of Highlighter, stamps, sticky notes, text boxes, underlines, strikeout, dynamic stamps (with date & time), freehand drawing, signature, free highlight, lines, arrows, rectangles and ovals to edit your files. Bookmark pages on your PDF files.

You will also be able to add outlines to create or modify a table of contents for your document. And yes, there is also a built-in browser to let you download PDF files from the web.

Price: Free

#3. WritePDF

WritePDF iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

Featuring a powerful PDF modification/printing tool, WritePDF is an efficient PDF reader for iOS. You can comfortably manage PDFs, word files, spreadsheets and many other documents on your iPad. Add, delete, rotate, copy/paste and rearrange pages with ease.

The app lets you view, convert, merge Microsoft Office files, Photos, PDFs, Contacts, Web Pages, Email & Email attachments and several other file formats.
It has the support of multiple cloud services including CloudMe, Sharefile,, Dropbox, Google Docs, iDisk, FTP, and WebDAV. Moreover, WritePDF is compatible with multiple languages like English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese and Spanish.

(compatible with the only iPad)

Price: $4.99

#4. Documents Unlimited Office & PDF Editor

Documents Unlimited Suite iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

This one is an adorable PDF reader that makes editing and annotating PDFs a great experience. The app lets you view, edit and create Microsoft file formats like Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. It also allows you to create, view and edit LibreOffice and Open Office Documents based on the Open Document Format using Documents Unlimited Office Apps suite.

Documents Unlimited is integrated with multiple cloud services like Dropbox, Google Docs and Box to let you easily transfer files. It also has a file manager to let you conveniently manage files. Furthermore, this PDF reader has the support of several languages including English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Traditional Chinese.

Price: $3.99

#5. PDF Reader-Document Expert

PDF Reader-Document Expert iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

“Document Expert” is simply a fine PDF reader that should live up your to demand with good effect. The app lets you view, annotate, combine, organize, and sign PDF forms with ease. You can also make notes and organize all of your annotated PDF documents.

Create JPEG scans using the built-in camera, use exposure, B&W, auto, and cropping tools to adjust images. You can also take the full advantage of creativity 365 to bolster your productivity and collaboration. Additionally, you will be able to back up to several cloud storage services including Dropbox, OneDrive, GoogleDrive, Evernote, Box, FTP or WebDAV client.

Price: Free

#6. Adobe Acrobat Reader

Adobe Acrobat Reader iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

“Adobe Acrobat Reader” is a masterpiece. The app offers you complete command over editing PDF thanks to the availability of various advanced editing tools and the support of multiple mainstream file formats.

You can design your PDFs, make comments using sticky notes and drawing tools. Highlight and mark up text using a number of impressive annotation tools.
You can use Apple Pencil to have greater control and precision. You will also be able to augment your photos with improved boundary detection, perspective correction, and text sharpness.

The app offers synchronization with several services like Dropbox, iCloud Drive, Box, Microsoft OneDrive, and Google Drive. An Acrobat Pro DC subscription is priced at $24.99/month (includes Acrobat Pro DC software plus PDF Pack) and a PDF Pack subscription is $9.99/month.

Price: Free

#7. Foxit

Foxit PDF Reader & Converter iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

“Foxit” makes PDF editing a more simplified courtesy of several user-friendly tools. You can view, annotate, and even protect PDF files from unauthorized access.

The biggest highlight of this app is the ConnectedPDF, which provides intelligence, security, and collaboration services for PDF files. It lets you convert Microsoft Office files, TXT and image files to PDFs.

You can also optimize PDF files, zip and unzip documents. Moreover, you will be able to save and synchronize PDF files with multiple notable services like Google Drive, OneDrive, Box, Dropbox, WebDAV, FTP, SFTP, and Foxit Drive.

Price: Free

#8. PDF Markup

PDF Markup - Annotation Expert iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

“PDF Markup” works as an able PDF viewer, editor, annotator, and organizer. It lets you view BOTA (Bookmark, Outline, Thumbnail, Annotation Summary); add highlights, freehand writings, and sticky notes. You can customize PDF stamps by adding texts or images.

You will also be able to sign documents, fill forms, highlight text and excerpts on web pages. You can sync your files through multiple cloud services including Dropbox, OneDrive, GoogleDrive, Evernote, Box, FTP, or WebDAV client, etc. Even better, the support for a number of languages like English, Czech, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Thai, and Traditional Chinese further enhance the usability of this PDF editor.

Price: Free

#9. iAnnotate 4

iAnnotate 4 - PDFs & more iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

“iAnnotate 4” is a complete package! The app lets you read, annotate, and share PDFs, Microsoft Office files, images and web pages with the needed flexibility. You can easily access your files and convert them into PDF. You will also be able to mark up web pages and images.

With the use of a pen, highlighter, typewriter, stamp, straight-line, note, underline, strikeout, you can enhance your PDF. You can use the photo, voice recording, and date stamp tools to make your files look more professional.

It let you compress your annotations onto the document to prevent modification. Better still, iAnnotate 4 integrated with multiple cloud services like Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, etc. to let you comfortably transfer files.

Price: $9.99

#10 Documents by Readdle

Documents by Readdle iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

“Documents” is much more than just a simple PDF editor. The app has long been a highly rated file manager and documents viewer for iOS.

You can read your documents and annotate your PDF files using several handy tools. You will also be able to view images and play music and videos.

The app also allows you to download important files from the web. Besides, you can sync your files with Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive and Box.

Price: Free

That’s pretty much it!

What’s your pick?

Now that we have concluded our collection of the top PDF editors for iOS, tell us the name of the apps that have ticked all of your boxes. And yes, don’t forget to let us know the ones we may have forgotten to include in the above list.

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