How to Save Mail Attachment to Books App on iOS Devices: Convenient Way for Offline Reading

Many times we get some or the other attractive article, image, or document as an attachment in Mail. There are many possibilities to save them, but if you wish to view them in offline mode, saving mail attachment to the inbuilt iPhone or iPad Books app is the best possibility, apart from using iCloud to save mail attachment.

The only drawback to saving an attachment in iCloud is that you’ll need internet access to view the attachment. But if you have saved it in the Books app, you can view it offline. By default, any attachment that is saved to Books gets converted to PDF format. If you download a DOC file or an image, they all are converted to PDF. Now that you have the basic idea of how things work, we can proceed to learn the process.

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How to Save Mail Attachment to Books App on iPhone or iPad

Step #1. Launch the Mail app, and open any email with an attachment.

Open Mail With Attachment in Mail App iPhone or iPad

Step #2. Now tap on the attachment, which will take you the attachment preview screen.

Tap on Attachment in Mail App on iPhone

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Step #3. From the attachment preview screen, tap on the sharing button (Arrow pointing out of the box) located at the top-right corner.

Tap on Sharesheet Icon in iPhone Mail App

Step #4. You’ll see a list of sharing options popping up from the bottom. Tap on Books.

Tap Save PDF to Books App in Mail App on iPhone

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You will see that the app starts creating the PDF version of the file. Once it completes (takes few seconds), you will be taken to the Books app where you can view the attachment.

Note: If you do not see the Books app option, horizontally swipe the app icons seen here and at the last tap on More (three dots icon). Now tap on Edit and then tap the green plus icon before Books or Copy to Books and finally tap Done. Now follow step #4.

Add Books App in Sharesheet on iPhone

Additional Method to Save Attachment from Mail to Books App on iPhone or iPad

The above method was effortless; however, if you wish to be acquainted with an additional way, here it is.

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In the Step #4 above, instead of ‘Books’ tap Print. Now, place two fingers on the document preview and zoom it by pinching out. Now tap the share iconCopy to Books.

Save Attachment from Mail to Books App on iPhone or iPad

That’s all.

Summing up…

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The attachment has been saved to Books, and you can view it offline by launching the app from the Home Screen. As we said earlier, even if you are saving an image to Books, it will automatically be converted to PDF format.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.
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