How to Convert Picture to PDF on iPhone (Feb 2023)

To make sharing pictures easier on iPhone, save as PDF!

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Images on your iPhone are usually saved as JPGs or PNGs, which work well for most uses. However, sometimes it's much easier to send a PDF image than it is to upload the original file type, especially when you want to keep things like image location and other metadata private. We’ll show you how to save a picture as a PDF on iPhone.

Related: 6 Easy Ways to Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC or Mac

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Avoid compatibility issues when sharing across different devices and operating systems.
  • Group pictures together to create a digital photo album or file an insurance claim.
  • Keep photo metadata, such as image location tags, private.

How to Save a Photo as a PDF on iPhone

Since PDFs are a universal file type, saving an image to PDF is a simple way to ensure your file is safe and can be read by any phone or computer without an error. For more tips on making the best use of your Apple devices like how to safely eject a USB from your Mac, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter. Now, here's how to use Photos to create a PDF on iPhone.

  1. Open the Photos app and make sure you're on the Library tab.

    Home screen with Photos app marked.
  2. Tap Select.

    Photos app on Library screen with Select button marked.
  3. Tap the image(s) you want to save as a PDF. A blue check icon will appear in the corner to indicate selected photos.

    Photos app on Library screen in Select mode with some photos selected and a selected icon marked.
  4. Tap the Share icon.

    Photos app on Library screen in Select mode with some photos selected and Share button marked.
  5. Scroll down and tap PrintNOTE: do NOT tap Save to Files now. This will not convert your image to a PDF.

    Photos app Share sheet with Print option marked.
  6. On the Print Options screen, tap the Share icon in the upper right, next to Print.

    Photos printing options with the Share icon marked.
  7. Scroll down and tap Save to Files.

    Photos Print Share menu with Save to Files option marked.
  8. Now the file picker interface will open. Use this to navigate to the folder on your iPhone where you'd like to save the PDF. You can tap "Photo" at the bottom to change the name of the file. When you're finished, tap Save.

    File picker screen to save PDF.
  9. Now I'll show you how to open the saved PDF file on your phone to review it or share it.  First, open the Files app.

    Home screen with Files app icon marked.
  10. This will open a file selection screen just like the one you used to save the PDF. Navigate to where you decided to save it.  I put mine in the Downloads folder.

    Files app on the On My iPhone screen with the Downloads folder marked.
  11. In the folder you previously chose, tap the icon for the PDF file. I created a PDF of several pictures of my dog, Scarlet, I named scarlet pics.

    The Downloads folder in the Files app with a PDF named "scarlet pics" marked.
  12. This will open the file in a simple PDF viewer.  You can review the pictures here and if it looks good to you, you can tap the Share icon in the lower left to send it on.

    The "scarlet pics" PDF file open.

Now you can use this trick to save any iPhone photo as a PDF for easier sharing without compatibility issues. Once it is in PDF format, you can still edit it directly on your iPhone (and iPad) using the Files app. Next, learn how to download a PDF from an email!

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Emma Chase is a freelance writer for iPhone Life. She has her Bachelors degree in Communication from the University of Northern Iowa. Emma has worked in many sectors in her professional career, including the higher education, finance, and nonprofit. Emma lives in small-town Iowa with her husband and two children. When she’s not geeking out over the newest Apple product or wrangling her kids, Emma enjoys a good book, crocheting, and trying new foods.