How to Edit a PDF on iPhone

Alicia Santos

iPhone, Tutorials

Do you often find yourself needing to make edits to a PDF file while on the go? With the increasing use of smartphones, it’s no surprise that we now have the ability to edit PDFs directly on our iPhones. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to edit a PDF on your iPhone, so you can quickly and easily make changes to your important documents.

Step 1: Download a PDF Editing App

To get started, you’ll first need to download a PDF editing app from the App Store. There are several options available, but two popular choices are Adobe Acrobat Reader and PDF Expert. These apps offer robust editing features and are highly rated by users.

Step 2: Open the PDF File

Once you’ve installed your preferred PDF editing app, launch it and open the PDF file you want to edit. You can do this by tapping on the “Open” button within the app and selecting the desired file from your device’s storage or cloud storage accounts like iCloud or Dropbox.

Step 3: Edit Text

If you need to make changes to the text within your PDF file, look for an option in your editing app that allows text modifications. This feature is typically represented by a pencil or pen icon. Tap on it, then select the text you want to edit and make your changes using the keyboard that appears on your screen.


  • To delete text: Tap on the text and press backspace until it is removed.
  • To add new text: Tap where you want to insert new text and start typing.
  • To format text: Some apps allow you to change the font, size, color, and style of the text. Look for formatting options in the app’s toolbar.

Step 4: Annotate and Markup

Besides editing text, you may also need to annotate or markup your PDF file. This can be useful for highlighting important points, adding comments, or drawing attention to specific sections.


  • To highlight text: Look for a highlighter tool in your app. Select the desired text and choose the highlight color from the available options.
  • To add comments: Find a comment or note-taking tool in your app.

    Tap on the section where you want to add a comment and type your notes.

  • To draw or sign: If you need to draw or sign on the document, look for a pencil or pen tool. Use your finger or a stylus to create drawings or signatures directly on the PDF.

Step 5: Save and Share

Once you have finished making your edits and annotations, it’s time to save your changes. Most PDF editing apps will automatically save your modifications as you work. However, it’s always a good idea to double-check that everything is saved properly before closing the file.

If you need to share the edited PDF with others, look for an option within your app that allows you to export or share the file. Common sharing methods include email, messaging apps, cloud storage services, and printing directly from your iPhone.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully learned how to edit a PDF on iPhone using an editing app.

Now you can make quick edits on-the-go without needing access to a computer. Remember to explore the various features of your chosen app to maximize your PDF editing capabilities.

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