Apple’s Airdrop works like a charm for transferring files between Apple devices. But sharing files from iOS to Android can be a hassle. As an iPhone user, one would usually send a PDF file to other Apple users through iMessage. But when you try to do the same with Android user, it won’t work. You must be wondering how to share PDF files from iPhone to Android. Here are 4 different ways to do this.
The following methods will work in any situation i.e. whether Android user is near or far. Some apps may be installed on your phone while you will need to download others. If downloading an app doesn’t seem like a good idea, we have another option as well.
Let’s see four different ways to send PDFs from iPhone to Android phones or tablets.
1. Using chat applications
The most popular instant messaging apps that work on all platforms support file sharing. You can use them to transfer PDFs from iPhone to Android. Some of the chat apps that can be used are WhatsApp, Telegram, Slack, etc.
Let’s see how to use these apps.
How to send PDF files from WhatsApp
Step 1: Launch WhatsApp on your iPhone.
2nd step: Open the contact with whom you want to share the file. Tap the add icon (+) in the lower left corner. Select Document from the list.
Step 3: Navigate to the folder containing your PDF using the Browse option. Tap the PDF file to select it.
Step 4: You will be presented with a preview of the PDF file. Tap Send.
Point: If you accidentally sent the wrong file, you can undo it on WhatsApp.
How to send PDF files from a telegram
Step 1: Launch the Telegram app and open the contact.
2nd step: Tap the attachment icon at the bottom. Select File from the menu.
Step 3: Select iCloud Drive. Navigate to the PDF file and tap it to send it.
Pro tip: Find out how Telegram differs from Discord and which one to use.
2. Use web file sharing tools
You can also use web sharing tools like Snapdrop and Sharedrop to transfer PDF files from iPhone to Android. They are similar to Apple’s Airdrop but work on all platforms using any browser. From your iPhone, tap the avatar or name of your Android phone and select Browse from the menu.
Let’s check the steps to transfer PDF files using ShareDrop.
Step 1: Open the ShareDrop website on your iPhone and Android from any browser.
2nd step: You will see the names of people connected to the same Wi-Fi network. From your iPhone, tap the avatar or name of your Android phone and select Browse from the menu.
Step 3: Find the PDF you want to send and tap it. The sender and recipient will be asked to confirm whether they want to send and receive. Accept the confirmation and your PDF will be sent to your Android phone.
Note: If sending PDF files by directly tapping the avatar doesn’t work, tap the add (+) icon at the top. Scan the QR code of your Android phone, then send PDF from iPhone to Android.
3. Use cloud storage services
Cloud storage services like Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. can also be useful for sending PDFs to Android from your iPhone. You need to upload your PDF to the cloud service and then share a link with the Android user. Alternatively, if you share personal devices, you can sign in to your account on the same service on your Android phone. Your PDF will appear as if by magic. You can use it directly or download it to your phone.
Here’s how to do the whole procedure through Google Drive.
Step 1: Launch Google Drive on your iPhone.
2nd step: Tap the add icon (+) at the bottom. Select Download then Browse.
Step 3: Navigate to the folder containing your PDF and tap it to upload it to Google Drive.
Step 4: Once added to Google Drive, tap the three-dot icon next to the PDF file in Drive and select Copy link. Paste and send the link to the Android user.
Note: Learn more about Google Drive sharing permissions before sharing files. And what happens when you send a Google Drive link.
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4. Use Ebook Reader applications
If you want to share PDF e-book with your Android phone, you can use the cross-platform e-book reader apps. For example, Google Play Books, the Kindle app, and even Adobe Acrobat Reader will help you. Just upload the PDF to your e-book reader app from iPhone and open the same app on Android. Then download the PDF file.
Let’s see how to use Adobe Reader to transfer PDF from iOS device to Android.
Step 1: Open the Files app on your iPhone or iPad.
2nd step: Navigate to the PDF file. Long press the file. Select Share from the menu.
Step 3: From the share menu, select Import into Acrobat.
Step 4: After successful addition, open Acrobat Reader on your Android phone. Sign in with the same account you used on your iOS device.
Tap the three-dot icon next to the PDF file in Acrobat Reader and select Save a Copy.
Point: Did you know that you can use the Apple Books app to save and annotate PDF files on your iPhone and iPad?
These are the methods I use to transfer PDFs from iPhone to Android. We may have forgotten your preferred method. Let us know in the comments below. Also, check out different ways to transfer videos between Android and iPhone.
Confused about which note-taking app to use on your iOS device? Check out the comparison between Apple Notes and Google Keep from the following link.
Last updated Sep 4, 2020
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