How to Convert Picture to PDF on iPhone (2022)

To make sharing pictures easier on iPhone, print to 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 Print.

    Photos app Share sheet with Print option marked.
  6. With the printer field showing No Printer Selected tap Print.

    Photos app Print Options screen with Print button marked.
  7. Scroll down and tap Save to Files.

    Photos app after selecting to Print with Save to Files option marked.
  8. On this screen you can tap the box labeled Photo to change the name of the file and select a location to save it.

    Photos app after choosing Save to Files for a PDF, file name and location selection screen, with file name marked.
  9. When you're finished, tap Save.

    Photos app after choosing Save to Files for a PDF, file name and location selection screen, with Save button marked.

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.