iPad Wanting to 'attach a file' (PDF) but only opens my gallery? (PDF is in iBooks)

Discussion in 'iPad' started by brakket, Apr 27, 2014.

  1. brakket macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2014

    New to the forums. I am currently applying for jobs, through the job applications it asks to 'attach a file' > upon clicking it I am only available to choose from my iPad gallery which only contains photo's. If gives me no option to attach my resume PDF which is currently stored in my 'iBooks'.

    Is there a way to store my PDF in my gallery to get to it for my applications? Or do I need to download something to be able to get into my 'iBooks' upon 'attach a file'?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated! :)

    Look forward to hearing from anyone.

  2. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    I'm afraid this is one function the iPad doesn't provide. And iBooks especially has no file export function. There might be some third party apps that provide a workaround, but I don't know of any myself. Hopefully someone else will chime in, but you might just have to do it from a regular computer.
  3. HenryDJP macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2012
    United States
    Download Dropbox. It's free. They give you 2GB off free storage. You can store your PDF's there and there's an option to send your PDF's via Apple Mail from there. www.dropbox.com
  4. TJ61 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 16, 2011
    I'd suggest get a 3rd party app to deal with such pdfs. You could start with the free Documents by Readdle, which has "Send by Email" function. I don't think iBooks was meant to be a general pdf handler.
  5. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

    Feb 14, 2003
    SF Bay area
    Start from iBooks. View the PDF then click the icon ipad upper left showing a small box with an up arrow. Choose the email option. Now compose the rest of your email.
  6. ZZ Bottom macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2010
    The OP is talking about attaching a document within a webpage, not from an email...

    You're going to have to use a real OS that isn't intentionally crippled.
  7. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2010
    Plano, TX
    It can be done on iOS, despite it being "crippled" :rolleyes:

    I have used iUploader in the past to do exactly what the OP is describing.

  8. ZZ Bottom macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2010
    Lol that's just an alternate browser which contains it's own file repository. Save yourself the 10$ and buy Goodreader if you don't mind the hassle of storing files in a separate app just for uploading.

    I stand by my statement, there is no technical reason as to why iOS doesn't have a "Documents" app that functions identically to "Photos". There's no justifiable safety concern for not doing so.
  9. saintforlife macrumors 65816

    Feb 25, 2011
    If this doesn't show why the iPad/iOS will NOT be a laptop replacement anytime soon, I don't know what does. Sadly iOS is behind the curve for sharing and file management when compared to Android and Windows 8.1. I can't believe such simple features are missing from iOS more than 7 years after it was first released.
  10. east85 macrumors 65816


    Jun 24, 2010
    I know this is an older thread but I'm definitely glad iOS 8 will be solving this problem. For now I just use Puffin Browser to upload from Dropbox. It downloads everything to Dropbox as well.
  11. Dags macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2012

    Dropbox is by far and away the easiest method anyone has offered. And you will be able to access the same PDF file on your computer.
  12. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    This. Or if you bought iPad after Sept 1 2013 you can get free iWork apps (Pages) it let you attach PDF to email real easy. :apple:
  13. SHirsch999 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2011
    iOS 8 won't solve the problem of attaching a file to a "reply" e-mail. You still can't, unless I am missing something. This is what irritates me the most about iOS in general.
  14. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012

    We have to use competing products at my work for that reason. We need to send a variety of file types attached to an email.
  15. Abazigal macrumors G4


    Jul 18, 2011
    The mailbox app has dropbox integration, allowing users to attach files directly from dropbox. I guess that's the next best thing. :p
  16. snortch macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2015
    I think almost everyone is missing the original request. Attaching a doc or pdf to an email is NOT the request. The request is to attach a doc or PDF to an online application for a job. This is functionality that still has no solution in iOS. Even the upcoming iOS 9 doesn't appear to have a solution. Frustrating and one of those odd feature restriction design decisions that Apple makes that feels so arbitrary.

    Makes me wonder if iOS 10 will have a proper "docs" browser and Federigi will introduce it as a wondrous innovation |- |
  17. SquireSCA Suspended


    Dec 5, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    Sure there is.

    They want to sell you a $10 app to do what every other device and OS does standard out of the box. LOL
  18. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
  19. Redbull35 macrumors newbie

    Dec 25, 2015
    Can't be done on Apple products! Apple has had number of years to fix this problem! But as Apple does they don't give a **** about making people's life easier, good job Apple! Buy a mircosoft surface pro tablet!

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  20. Jax44 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2010
    Carmel, California
    iCloud Drive
  21. aw3524 macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2015
    The attachment thing being a frustrating omission notwithstanding, if you're hand-wringing over whether or not the IPP/iOS can replace a laptop, you've already missed the point.
  22. paulmeyers42 macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2014
    There is an app called "iCloud Drive" that you can enable in Settings > iCloud > iCloud Drive > Show on Home Screen.

    It lets you browse your iCloud Drive folders, and you can create folders and move documents around. You can use this as both local storage and a cloud storage similar to Dropbox, and it's free, provided by Apple.

    I'd recommend keeping your PDFs here instead of iBooks. You can view PDFs in this app. I keep receipts here, for example, and I can save them straight from Mail. iBooks is really meant to be a "book" reader, including books that happen to be in PDF form. It's not really a PDF app like Preview or PDF Expert. Those apps can access folders in iCloud Drive - iCloud documents are not sandboxed anymore.
  23. Redbull35 macrumors newbie

    Dec 25, 2015
    This is Apple and ISO problem! You can't add your resume from and iPhone or iPad! How hard would it be for a Apple computer tech to write a fix for this problem? I say less then an hour!!!

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  24. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    Old thread, but alternative browsers can upload/download documents like a desktop browser can. iCab is one.
  25. Count Blah macrumors 68040

    Count Blah

    Jan 6, 2004
    US of A
    Well surely, now that we have the iPad PRO, this problem is a thing of that past. Right?


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