How do I get a pdf file from my email into my iphone?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by mharwich, Dec 14, 2008.

  1. mharwich macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2008
    Somebody emailed a PDF file to me. I want to store the file permanently on my iphone. Can anybody recommend an app and a method of doing this? Thanks to all.
  2. Hawkeye411 macrumors 68000


    Jun 6, 2007
    Canada EH!!!
  3. gilkisson macrumors 65816


    Install AirSharing from the AppStore. There are also many other ways.
  4. jarofclay73 macrumors 6502


    Nov 15, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    With a non-jailbroken phone, there's no way to save it straight from your e-mail. Apple doesn't give users straight access to your memory.

    Like someone else said, you'll have to download it to your computer, then get an app like DataCase or Air Sharing and upload it.

    I have both apps and none of them really do a great job of viewing PDFs. In fact, I have a 60MB PDF that NONE of them is able to view right now.
  5. TraceyS/FL macrumors 601

    Jan 11, 2007
    North Central Florida
    Couldn't you use Stanza? (I don't have one yet - i'm exploring today and was excited to see all the formats it can read). So obviously, i'm not sure of limits - but i can't imagine it being "more" than an ebook would be?
  6. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    Yes, you can do it. But, you'll have to accomplish this seemingly very easy task by using many steps and you'll need to have certain apps to do this too. Couldn't Apple just make this easy and allow it to be done natively? :rolleyes:
  7. LostLogik macrumors 6502a

    Jul 9, 2008
    if you have an IMAP email account like MobileMe no worries as once you've d/l the attachment it stays in the email on your phone. Alternatively if you have a MobileMe account save the attachment (from your pc) on your iDisk and use MobileFiles to save it to your iPhone. I've not yet had one PDF that MobileFiles won't open (where the likes of Datacase & Airsharing failed). It's a good app if you have an iDisk.
  8. fleshman03 macrumors 68000


    May 27, 2008
    Sioux City, IA
    Three options:
    1) Download it in mail and don't delete the email.

    2) Free route: download files lite from the app store. Access your email and put the file on your computer's desktop. Follow the directions from files lite on how to get them onto the iPhone.

    3) Pay route: download air sharing. It's $4.99 for the holidays. Other than the different app, the directions are the same as above.

    If you don't have more than 200mb worth of files you'd want to view on the iPhone, go with files lite. If you have more than that, use Air Sharing.
  9. DipDog3 macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2002
    Not the mail app provided with the iPhone. That is not possible.
  10. acousticbiker macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2008
    #11 (free cloud file sync with iPhone-optimized website)

    or (free cloud file storage with cool native iPhone app)

    I've tried both and prefer DropBox, because it keeps my files in sync between my office, home and iPhone with 'set it and forget it' style.
  11. deadsouls macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2008
    lol @ iphone for not being able to save simple email attachments besides just photos
  12. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    Yes, it's ridiculous. Just Apple crippling their own device...
  13. dbrandt6 macrumors member


    Oct 28, 2007
    I use Evernote (Free @ AppStore)....

    everyday. Works great.
  14. SFC Archer macrumors 68000

    SFC Archer

    Nov 9, 2007
    Troy, MT
    I second dbrandt6....Use Evernote for all of your PDF docs. Simply drag the document to your Evernote Desktop App, Sync and now it goes where ever you do. You need it in area without WiFi then save it as a favorite and it will always be available...don't want it to take up space on iPhone...take it out of favorites. Best viewer/space saver I have found.


    Good Luck
  15. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    You can do the same thing with Google Docs too. Just upload the PDF into Google Docs from any desktop. Or, you could just find-out your unique GDs e-mail address and email it to upload it.
  16. SFC Archer macrumors 68000

    SFC Archer

    Nov 9, 2007
    Troy, MT
    Nothing wrong with your post other then you need a connection to edge/3g or wifi...Evernote saves your PDF on your iPhone and you do not need ANY connection to view it later.
  17. chkdg8 macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2007
    I just tried this method. Open in Preview and Print PDF to iPhoto. Once in iPhoto, it will appear in your 'recently imported' folder and then all you would have to do is sync it to your iPhone. One thing though, as iPhoto optimizes each PDF page during its iPhone transfer, the resolution is nothing even remotely close to the original. Actually, it's almost to the point where it's unreadable. Anyways, I know that this method probably wont work for you but it's a start until Apple opens up the iPhone's storage capacity.
  18. redman042 macrumors 68030


    Jun 13, 2008
    If you are looking for a simple method that does not involve a 3rd party app, just use your Yahoo Mail or Gmail account, and create a special folder called Saved. Email yourself any files you want to keep on the phone, and move those emails to the Saved folder. Consider the Saved folder your onboard file system. A little crude but it works.
  19. kwjohns macrumors 6502a


    Jul 4, 2007
    The main thing I want with a PDF reader is the ability to bookmark locations or go to a point in the PDF via the Table of Contents. I would like to put some books on my iPhone but I'm not going to even bother when I have to swipe down tons of pages each time I open it. Where the hell is this feature?
  20. odelay macrumors 6502

    Oct 21, 2007
    You know you could just try searching the AppStore. That is what it's there for. Many of the document reader apps have bookmarks or fast-scrolling functionality for PDFs & docs. Check out Briefcase, OneDisk, Files, Air Sharing, and possibly others as well. I use MobileFiles Pro, which will have this feature in a future update. But I have used Briefcase & OneDisk before for reading ebooks and they both work well. Use Briefcase or Briefcase Lite (the free version - see comparison here) if you want to transfer ebooks over wifi, or OneDisk if you use MobileMe iDisk for storing docs/ebooks, and you can download directly from your iDisk to the iPhone.

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