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How to AirDrop PDF from Mac to iPhone/iPad | Full Guide

By Lena | Follow twitter | Updated on January 5, 2024
Mac users can easily share files with nearby iPhones or iPads via AirDrop. So, when you want to transfer PDF, Airdrop is a good idea. But for newbies, the steps may be confusing. No worries! This article will tell you how to AirDrop PDF from Mac to iPhone/iPad and how to view the received files.

AirDrop PDF from Mac to iPhone Preparations

Transferring data between Mac, iPhone, and iPad is easy, thanks to the file-sharing feature - AirDrop. Users can share photos, contacts, documents, locations, websites, etc., wirelessly and quickly.

However, AirDrop will only work if all the settings are correct. Therefore, to ensure you can successfully AirDrop PDF from Mac to iPhone, don't miss these preparations.

1. Turn on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

AirDrop uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to connect devices and transfer files. It's not necessary to connect to a particular WiFi. Just turn on the feature.

2. Make Sure Mac and iPhone are within 30 Feet

As long as all devices are within Bluetooth's reachable access, the transfer will go smoothly. You must ensure the Mac and iPhone are within 30 feet (9 meters).

3. Checking the Status of Device

Don't turn on Airplane, Sleep or Do Not Disturb mode. They will prevent AirDrop from transferring and receiving data.

If everything is ready, go to the next section for specific steps.

How to AirDrop PDF from Mac to iPhone

Airdropping PDF files is not complicated. It can be done in 3 steps: open AirDrop on both devices > select the file to transfer on your Mac > receive the file on your iPhone. Learn how to AirDrop PDF from Mac to iPhone/iPad.

Step 1. Turn on AirDrop

On Mac, click Control Center from the menu bar > click the AirDrop icon to turn it on > click the arrow and choose Contacts Only or Everyone.

Turn on AirDrop on Mac

On iPhone, go to Control Center > Long-press the network connection box > Tap AirDrop > Choose Contacts Only or Everyone.

Turn on AirDrop on iPhone

To ensure a smooth connection, select Everyone and turn it off when the transfer is complete.


When Contacts Only is selected, two conditions need to be met for the connection and transmission to work smoothly:

  • Mac and iPhone are both logged into iCloud.
  • The email addresses or phone numbers associated with the Apple ID must be in each other's Contacts apps.

Step 2. AirDrop PDF from Mac

You can send the PDF in the following 3 ways:

In the desktop or a Finder window, click the PDF you want to send > choose Share from the shortcut menu > select AirDrop > select the iPhone.

AirDrop PDF in Finder Window

In Finder, click AirDrop from the sidebar > drag the PDF to iPhone.

AirDrop PDF in Finder

In any app like Preview, click the Share button > choose AirDrop > choose the iPhone.

AirDrop PDF in  Preview

Step 3. Accept PDF on iPhone

  • If your Mac and iPhone are logged into the same iCloud, then the iPhone will automatically receive the PDF and save it.
  • If not, a notification will appear on the iPhone. Simply tap Accept to save the PDF file. You can save the PDF to Files app, Books, cloud storage, etc.


Note: You can choose any PDF reader to view the PDF. However, it should be noted that the PDF file is not saved in the reader but in the Files app.

How to View, Edit and Manage PDFs on iPhone

On your iPhone, you can tap a PDF file in any app to open it for viewing. If needed, you can send the PDF with text, chat apps, email, etc. But before that, you may need to make some adjustments. What should you do at this time?

Well, the truth is that there is no built-in feature on iPhone that can help you edit a PDF file. Therefore, when you need to edit PDFs, you need to go to the App Store to download an app such as SwifDoo PDF for iOS.

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  • Add text and adjust font
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  • Compress, split or merge PDFs for easy sharing and management
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Final Words

That’s all about how to AirDrop PDF from Mac to iPhone. As long as all the settings are correct, then the PDF will be transferred to iPhone in an instant. You can save the PDF file to Files or Books app and tap to check the pages. If you want to do some editing, then you can install a PDF editor from App Store and start.

AirDrop PDF from Mac to iPhone FAQs

Q:Why can’t I AirDrop from Mac to iPhone?

AirDrop will only complete the transfer if all conditions are met. Please ensure you have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on and the distance between the two devices is within 9 meters.

Q:How do I receive an AirDrop on my iPhone?

When you see the notification, tap Accept. Usually, the received files will be saved to the app associated with the file type.

Q:How do you AirDrop a PDF on iPhone?

Go to Control Center to turn on AirDrop > In Files app, long-press the PDF file > Choose Share > Tap AirDrop and select the device you want to send the PDF to.

Lena has been in the editing industry for 8 years. She is familiar with a variety of products that can make things easier, such as PDF tools, video recording software, iOS location changer, etc. She enjoys sharing her knowledge with users to help them solve problems in their work and life. In her spare time, she likes to play with her cat.

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