Downloading PDFs, word docs, PowerPoints and spreadsheets to read on my iPad pro

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Sossity, Oct 7, 2017.

  1. Sossity macrumors 65816

    May 12, 2010
    i am having the most difficult time with this, I absolutely need this functionality for college, I like all of them in one central place so I can read my assignments on the go. I also need to be cross device compatible and to be able to access this stuff without an internet connection, I am often away from one and most in my area are locked or extremely slow and insecure.

    I have tried iBooks totally useless, it only accepts documents on my iPhone, which is running iOS 10, been scared to update, they do not sync to anything else. Does iBooks only work on one device?

    I also use a kindle fire so I need to be able to read these things on both an iPad or kindle. I have tried sending docs to kindle that does not work either.

    I am on an iPad Pro with iOS 11.

    Can anyone please help me, have I made a mistake with the iPad? Can it accept various document types?
  2. sparksd macrumors 68020

    Jun 7, 2015
    Seattle WA
    Have you considered Dropbox? I use it and download locally to FileBrowser & GoodReader. ES File Explorer can access Dropbox on the Fire.
  3. Eric5273 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2009
    New Jersey
    Documents by Readdle is the app you need. It is a great file manager and will even let you view common file types without any third party apps. But if you do have third party apps, it will allow you to open files in those apps, and then save them back to Documents.

    As far as the Kindle goes, maybe you need a third party cloud service like Dropbox. Documents allows you to sync folders with cloud services, so that would work on the iPad side. I have no idea about the Kindle side though. I suppose it depends on what apps are available in the Kindle App Store.
  4. Sossity thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 12, 2010
    Thanks, tried the app, tried to download a multi page pdf and it only copied one page out of it the page I was looking at
  5. Marshall73 macrumors 65816


    Apr 20, 2015
    You can use iCloud Drive then go into files, browse to the folder containing your files and select download next to each file you want a local copy of.
  6. sosumi99 macrumors 6502


    Oct 27, 2003
    Since you say that you have no reliable cloud connection and must rely on local storage, I think the Documents app is your best bet (you can enable the Wifi Drive functionality in the App and send all the documents to it you want to read so that they’re local to the iPad). As for sending the same docs to the Kindle Fire, I’m afraid I don’t know enough about that ecosystem to have a good suggestion.
  7. mofunk macrumors 68020


    Aug 26, 2009
    Not sure what source you are getting the PDFs from. I've downloaded PDFs to Notes on my iPhone. I use this method whenever I need to access PDFs without using my data.

    Or try emailing it to yourself and then open them up in Mail app.

    For word docs you can share them in Pages. Or send a copy to Notes.

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