How To: Use your iPhone to store your documents for later reading! - Very Useful

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by dharrison9, Jul 6, 2007.

  1. dharrison9 macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2007
    I'm a writer and I wanted to be able to read my current progress on my phone while I'm on the go. I have a Gmail account, so I figured that I would email myself the PDF of the current work and then read it from my iPhone's inbox when I need to (when I don't have WiFi or EDGE, such as a plane). Unfortunately, it seemed that my iPhone wasn't actually downloading the messages permanently from my Gmail inbox, and merely retained a temporary copy. I needed a permanent copy for traveling.

    So I went to Yahoo! and set up an account. I activated it on my iPhone and then sent myself another copy of the current work to the Yahoo! account. I was immediately 'pushed' the email, and the attachment was saved to my iPhone. I turned off my iPhone and restarted it into Airplane Mode and still the document was still there. My Yahoo! Push Mail account just became my iPhone Document Reader. It will work with any document the iPhone can read (DOC, PDF, etc.).

    There you have it, here's the short version.

    To download documents to your iPhone for later use (later being when you don't have a connection to the Web):

    1. Start a free Yahoo! Email Account.
    2. Set it up on your iPhone (Settings, Mail, Add Account).
    3. Email the Yahoo! Address the file you want to save.
    4. The Yahoo! account will 'push' the attachment to you and save it for later viewing.
    5. The iPhone's Mail application just became a document viewer!

    Hope this was helpful as it certainly solved one of my major problems.
  2. Sack macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2006
    One question: is there any way to read it outside the mail application? I just went through the steps you suggested, then sent myself a test PDF. It works great, but the text in the PDF is so small (12 point) that I cannot really make out the letters without concentrating pretty intensely. Since the mail application won’t display in widescreen/landscape mode, there seems to be no good way to enlarge the text without pinching and scrolling (which gets pretty cumbersome, but I suppose is better than having no solution at all).
  3. Furgster macrumors 6502


    Jun 16, 2007
    cant you just put the PDF on a web server and then look at it using safari. cant you switch to landscape when you do that
  4. nbs2 macrumors 68030


    Mar 31, 2004
    A geographical oddity
    That certainly is helpful in most instances, but times when you don't have access to the internet is what this solution is trying to work around.
  5. G4R2 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 29, 2006
    There is actually an incredibly easy and high quality way to save and view PDFs and probably many other kinds of files on your iPhone.

    The application that you need to use is neither Mail nor Safari.

    It is, instead, the Photo application on your iPhone. You will be able to scroll, zoom, and organize the files however you like. They will be stored automatically in a folder in iPhoto with virtually no effort.

    The OS X function that does this is the Print function found in most applications.

    Here are the instructions to do this:

    1. Open the PDF file you want to view on your iPhone in Preview in OS X.

    2. Select Print. In the dialog that appears select the PDF button on the bottom left hand side.

    3. Now scroll down the pop up list and select Save PDF to iPhoto.

    4. iPhoto will now launch and you will be prompted for an album name to store the new files. Type in the name of the document.

    5. Sync your iPhone. You'll have to go to the Photo page in iTunes to make sure the folder is selected and that the images sync.

    6. On your iPhone click photos and you'll see the PDF has been broken down by pages and is viewable, scrollable, and zoomable like any other photo.
  6. Sack macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2006
    GR42, that's a great tip. I suppose I'll do that when I can, and use the Yahoo! Mail as a workaround for when I can't do it your way.

    Like many people, I have Macs at home and a PC at work. Unfortunately, I can't sync with me Win2K PC at work, so I can't do it the ideal way all the time :(
  7. plumbingandtech macrumors 68000

    Jun 20, 2007
    Thank you so much!
  8. plumbingandtech macrumors 68000

    Jun 20, 2007
    Hi. I tried this but since my pdfs were just text (code) they were really blurry when I opened them up in iphoto.

    might be me and user error though.

    the yahoo worked right and looks fantastic.

    let's hope they get their damn file system and pdf reader (i would love to search) out SOON!
  9. digimidi macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2007
    That option is greyed out on the pdf files I have tried to save. Is there any thing you need to do to the pdf to get this to work?

  10. plumbingandtech macrumors 68000

    Jun 20, 2007
    New Tip:

    File -> Print -> Pdf Button -> Mail PDF

    saves a step.

    This looks great. I am looking at PDFs I made in omnigraffle (big flow charts)

    This is going to save some trees around here :D
  11. awalsh2025 macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2009
    Google Docs

    If you use Google Docs, there's an app called MiGhtyDocs that I've found very useful.
  12. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    Any way to do this in Windows (he asks with hesitation, fearing the mac fanboys...:) )?
  13. G4R2 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 29, 2006
    Err, It's no longer an issue.

    This thread is like TWO YEARS OLD prior to the availability of 3rd party apps on the iPhone and the ability to use programs such as Air Sharing.
  14. Etnies419 macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2008
    I just use Quickoffice and MobileMe. I put the file on my iDisk, then save it to my phone's local files in Quickoffice. That way I can read it and edit it if I need to, even without a connection. Of course, this method is not free.
  15. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    Uh, yes it still is an issue. You assume I would want to pay for something. Sorry, but I don't, so would've liked to have something free I could use. Anyway, I guess there's nothing. My son has the Mac, and I have the PC. I'm planning on becoming a developer and getting a mini-Mac, so I guess I'll have to wait for that.
  16. lankadawson macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2010
    Dropbox and PDFs

    I use dropbox online storage, you get 2 gb free
    Drop my PDFs into it
    Use the free iphone dropbox app to open a pdf
    You can then read it
    You can also press the star icon and keep a copy of the pDF on your phone:)
  17. extralarge macrumors member

    Dec 15, 2008
    Does iTunes support iPhone sync now or maybe iPhone 4.0? :confused:
  18. pastorjim macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2002
    Evernote for transporting files

    A new option might be Evernote. It can read and search photos with text in them! Synch programs for Mac and PC, too.

    There are free and Premium versions.
  19. pastorjim macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2002
    Storing PDF and Word files in iOS

    It is now possible to save your email attachments to iBooks by opening them while the email message is on the device and using the square action-box-with-arrow to save it to iBooks (or whatever other options appear there).
  20. David Brownz macrumors newbie

    David Brownz

    Jun 30, 2012
    Store mail in Iphones's mail box

    You have shared very important thing with us, really it will be beneficial for the people those don't have WiFi all time. But i am quite confused why Iphone's mail application does not work properly with Gmail's Account as with Yahoo's Account. If anybody have some knowledge about it please clear it to me.


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