Apple’s Airdrop works like a charm for transferring files between Apple devices. But sharing files from an 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 an Android user, that wouldn’t work. You must be wondering how to share PDF files from iPhone to Android. Here are 4 different ways for that.
The following methods will work for all situations, i.e., whether the Android user is close or far. Some apps might be installed on your phone while you will need to download others. If downloading an app doesn't sound a good idea, we have an alternate option as well.
Let’s show you four different ways to send PDF from iPhone to Android phones or tablets.
1. Using Chat Apps
Most popular instant messaging apps that work on all platforms support file sharing. You can use them to transfer PDF from iPhone to Android. Some of the chats 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.
Step 2: Open the contact with whom you want to share the file. Tap on the add (+) icon at the bottom-left corner. Select Document from the list.
Step 3: Navigate to the folder containing your PDF using the Browse option. Tap on the PDF file to select it.
Step 4: A preview of the PDF file will be shown to you. Tap on Send.
You can also use web-based sharing tools like Snapdrop and Sharedrop to transfer PDFs from iPhone to Android. They are similar to Apple’s Airdrop but work across platforms using any browser. From your iPhone, tap on your Android phone's avatar or name 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.
Step 2: You will see the names of the people connected to the same Wi-Fi network. From your iPhone, tap on the avatar or name of your Android phone and select Browse from the menu.
Step 3: Find the PDF that you want to send, and tap on it. Both sender and receiver 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: In case sending PDF files by directly tapping on the avatar doesn’t work, then tap on the add (+) icon at the top. Scan the QR code from your Android phone and then send the PDF from iPhone to Android.
3. Use Cloud Storage Services
Cloud storage services like Google Drive, Dropbox, etc., can also come handy to send PDF 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 log in to your account on the same service on your Android phone. Your PDF will magically appear. You can either use it directly or download it on your phone.
Here’s how to do the entire procedure via Google Drive.
Step 1: Launch Google Drive on your iPhone.
Step 2: Tap on the add (+) icon at the bottom. Select Upload followed by Browse.
Step 3: Go to the folder containing your PDF and tap it to upload it to Google Drive.
Step 4: Once added to Google Drive, tap on the three-dot icon next to the PDF file in Drive and select Copy Link. Paste and send the link to the Android user.
If you want to share an ebook in PDF format with your Android phone, you can take the help of cross-platform Ebook reader apps. For instance, Google Play Books, Kindle app, and even Adobe Acrobat reader will help. Just upload the PDF to your Ebook 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 an iOS device to Android.
Step 1: Open the Files app on your iPhone or iPad.
Step 2: Navigate to the PDF file. Touch and hold the file. Select Share from the menu.
Step 3: From the sharing menu, select Import to Acrobat.
Step 4: When added successfully, open Acrobat Reader on your Android phone. Log in with the same account that you used on your iOS device.
Tap on the three-dot icon next to the PDF file in Acrobat Reader and select Save a copy.
Those are the methods that I use to transfer PDF from iPhone to Android. There is a chance that we might have overlooked your personal favorite method. Do let us know in the comments below. Also, check out various ways to transfer videos between Android and iPhone.
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