Without installing apps! So you can edit PDF on iOS and iPadOS — 2022

There are many tools that can be found to be able to edit the PDF files that we work with on a daily basis. But natively in iOS and also in iPadOS you can find ways to edit it without installing anything at all. In this article we tell you in detail how you can make this edition.

The usefulness of editing your documents

On a day-to-day basis, there are many PDF documents that you have to edit, whether at work or in the field of education. Editing them is a priori somewhat complicated, since it is a format that does not support editing as they have explained to us on numerous occasions. But the truth is that there are ways to edit them comfortably. In the App Store you can find many applications to do it and make annotations or fill in different documents, but on the iPhone or iPad itself you can do the editing in a basic and simple way.

But you can't just limit yourself to adding sentences, but you can also make an edition that is visual. With this we mainly mean changes in the position of the different parts of a document, but also adding new content with a simple photograph. All of this is possible without installing third-party applications and makes it possible for you to have quite a bit of flexibility in editing PDF documents. In this way there are many utilities that are offered with tools that are totally native.

You're not limited to iCloud files

At first, you might think that all these changes that can be made to PDF files are only about those that are stored in iCloud. but it is certainly not like that. Keep in mind that many cloud services can be connected to the Files app, such as Google Drive or OneDrive.

In all of these services you can end up doing this edit to the files you have available. In this way, Apple is not closed at any time to third-party services, which is ultimately what most interests any user who does not want to have different third-party applications installed on their iPhone or iPad.

What you can do when editing a document

As we have previously mentioned, there are many tasks that can be carried out when opening the editing options of PDF documents. It stands out above all to add new pages that have to be interleaved. In this case, you can find some web pages that allow you to carry out this operation, which a priori is quite simple. In this sense, it is not limited only to documents or images that you have in iCloud, but they can also be scanned by taking a simple photograph.

This is also added to the design edition being able to rotate the images to the left or right. But also to be able to fill out some specific forms, you can add text and also geometric figures. That is to say, the edition is very visual but you cannot modify text as such that is already written as if it were a note or a Pages file. But as we have mentioned before, it is an edition that may be sufficient for most users.

add new pages

In a specific document you can insert new pages in a PDF document in a very easy way. In this case, they can be obtained from the photo gallery, from the file manager and also by performing a scan. The latter can be the most comfortable, since by easily opening the iPhone or iPad camera you can have a sheet included that you may have forgotten to digitize. In other systems you must use specific programs to be able to merge several pages, which is not the most appropriate. In order to carry out this process, the following steps can be followed on both computers:

  • Open the PDF document you want to edit in the Files app on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Drag from the left side towards the center of the screen, to open the preview of all the pages that are in the document.
  • Go here to the page you want to make a change to by adding a new page below.
  • Click on the three points that you will see in the preview.
  • Choose the option 'Insert blank page', 'Insert from file' or 'Scan pages'.

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As you can see among the options there are interesting ways to add new pages. Adding a blank one might not make much sense, but we're thinking on an iPad it might make sense since you'll be able to quickly take notes this way on a sheet that's new. In this same menu you can also choose to delete a specific page.

Turn the different pages

Another of the options that you will be able to find in editing PDF documents is to rotate the pages that you are going to find. In this way, if you receive a document that you are not already in a comfortable position to read, you can edit it. You simply have to go through the different steps on your iPhone or iPad:

  • Open the PDF document you want to edit in the Files app on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Drag from the left side towards the center of the screen, to open the preview of all the pages that are in the document.
  • Situate yourself here on the page on which you want to make the corresponding turn.
  • Click on the three dots above the preview.
  • Click on 'Rotate left' or 'Rotate right'.

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At the moment all the changes you have made in Files will be saved, replacing the document completely. You can now share it with anyone and they will see the changes applied with the modifications you have made.

Add marks or annotations

Another action that can be carried out when editing a PDF file on an iPhone or iPad is to annotate. This is ideal if you want to enter a text box, for example, to fill in the fields of a form that has arrived in this type of format. This is also added to being able to introduce other geometric shapes to indicate specific parts of the document or being able to highlight it with different colors. In order to perform this edition, simply perform the following steps:

  • Open the PDF document you want to edit in the Files app on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Go to the specific page where you want to edit.
  • In the upper right corner click on the pencil with a round.
  • At the bottom you will find a palette with all the tools you have at your disposal to take notes.

If you click on '+' you will find options to enter text and also geometric shapes. You can adjust it with your fingers on the iPhone or iPad screen. This will make your experience as personalized as possible.