How to convert photo to PDF on iPhone and iPad: 7 Ways explained!

The images stored on your iPhone are likely in a variety of different file types (like HEIC, JPEG, PNG, etc.) Most of these file formats are compatible with all major platforms. However, you might have to save photos to PDF for paper-work documentation, classwork, or other specific purposes. 

In this guide, I will show you 7 ways to convert photos to PDF on iPhone and iPad.

  1. Use the Print option on iPhone
  2. Convert photos to PDF in Files app on iPhone
  3. Convert via Books app on iPhone or iPad
  4. Using Shortcuts app on iPhone
  5. Convert a photo to PDF using a third-party app
  6. Use an online converter on your browser
  7. Take pictures and convert them into PDFs using Notes

1. Use the Print option on iPhone

The Print option from the Share Sheet on the iPhone or iPad lets you print files and images directly. When printing images, it converts photos into PDF files before it sends them to the printer. Because of this, you can use this option to convert your images to PDF easily.

  1. Open Photos → Tap Select.
  2. Choose the photos you want to convert into a PDF.
    Selecting more than one will create a single PDF file containing all the selected images.
  3. Tap Share → Choose Print.

    select photos, tap share, select print in photos

  4. You will see a preview of the PDF with each photo on a single page. Tap and hold the page to see the Preview → Tap the image once more to see the share icon.
  5. Tap the Share button and send it to others via messaging apps or email, or save to Files.

2. Convert photos to PDF in Files app on iPhone

The Files app is great for turning images into PDF files and editing PDFs. Also, your converted PDFs will be saved in your iCloud Drive and synced across your other devices.

To convert a single image to PDF

  1. Open Files.
  2. Long-press the image → Quick Actions → Create PDF.

    tap quick actions, create pdf in files

To convert multiple images to PDF

  1. Launch Files → Tap the More (…) button → Choose Select.
  2. Select the images you want to convert into PDF.
  3. Tap More (…) at the bottom right → Create PDF.

    tap three dots icon, tap select, choose photos, tap more, select create pdf in files

The new PDF file will be saved in the same folder as the images.

3. Convert via Books app on iPhone or iPad

Another very convenient way to convert your images into PDF files is via Books. The process is very straightforward.

  1. Open Photos → Select the pictures → Tap Share.
  2. Swipe through the apps → Select Books.

    select photos, tap share, tap books in photos

  3. Doing so immediately converts the images into a PDF document that opens in the Books app.  However, the file is also automatically saved into the Books app. To share or send it, do the following
  4. Head to Books.
  5. Tap More (…) under the file → Share PDF.

    tap three dots icon, select share pdf in books

  6. Choose how you want to share your file and send it.

4. Using Shortcuts app on iPhone

If converting a photo to PDF is something you always do, you’ll benefit from creating a shortcut. It will save you a lot of time in the future. Creating a shortcut seems daunting, but it is very straightforward.

  1. Open Shortcuts → Tap Add (+) button.
  2. Select New Shortcut → Tap Rename.

    tap plus sign, select new shortcut, tap rename in shortcuts

  3. Type in a new name for your shortcut → Select Done on keyboard.
  4. Tap Add Action → Choose Photos app →  Tap Select Photos.

    tap add action, select photos, tap select photos in shortcuts

  5. Tap the downward arrow and toggle on Select Multiple to convert multiple images into PDF.

    tap the right arrow, toggle on select multiple in shortcuts

  6. Tap the search bar below → Go to the Categories tab → Select Media → Tap Convert Image.

    tap the search bar, select categories, media, tap convert image in shortcuts

  7. Now, tap JPEG and replace it with PDF
  8. Again tap the search bar → Go to the Apps tab → Select Files.

    tap search bar, select apps, choose Files in shortcuts

  9. Choose Save File → Select Done.

    tap save file, select done in shortcuts

To run the Shortcut:

  1. Launch Shortcut → Tap the shortcut you made.
  2. Select the photos you want to convert → Tap Add.
  3. Choose the folder where you want to save your PDF document → Tap Open.

It will create individual PDFs for each photo you selected.

5. Convert a photo to PDF using a third-party app

If you don’t want to create your own shortcut or try the other options above, you can go for the apps that do the tasks for you. There is a variety of free image-to-PDF converters you can download from the App Store to convert your photos into PDFs instantly. I suggest the following:

The process for all these apps is somewhat similar. You just need to open the app, select the photos you want to convert and begin converting them. Some apps may place a watermark on the generated PDF and require you to upgrade to a paid version to remove it. 

6. Use an online converter on your browser

If you don’t want to download any apps on your iPhone, you can use your browser to access sites that let you convert your images to PDFs for free. Adobe offers a free image-to-PDF converter, which allows you to convert your PNG, JPG, GIF, or TIFF files to PDF format without cost. 

Other online image-to-PDF converters you might want to check include:

7. Take pictures and convert them into PDFs using Notes

You can’t convert photos into PDFs using Notes directly. But there’s a way around to scan the documents with Notes and convert them to PDF. While it was meant for documents, you can use it to take photos of anything you want to.

  1. Open the Notes app.
  2. Tap the Camera icon → Take Photo or Video.

    tap camera, select take photo or video in notes

  3. Take a picture → Tap Use Photo.
    Keep on taking pictures until you’re done.

    tap shutter icon, select use photo in notes

  4. Tap the Share icon → Select Print → Choose the pages you want in PDF.
  5. Select the Share button to send it to others or open it on another app. 

    tap share icon, select pages, tap share, select save to files in notes

Why convert images to PDF?

Converting your photos to PDF has several benefits. Here are some of them:

  • Ease of sharing: PDF files are supported on a wide range of devices and OS. So, converting ensure that the recipients can view and access your images.
  • Preservation of formatting: Converting the images to PDF ensures that the visual integrity of the original pictures is maintained. This is useful when sharing images with specific annotations, captions, or layouts.
  • Security and protection: You can benefit from the security features of PDF files, including password protection and encryption.
  • Printing: Converting your images to PDF files helps preserve the details and visual elements of the images, allowing for high-quality printing.
  • Archiving: PDFs provide a reliable, standardized format, so they’re great for archiving.
  • Collaboration: You can easily add comments, annotate, and add digital signatures on PDF files, allowing for easy annotation and collaboration.

There are different ways to convert your picture to PDF on the iPhone or iPad without an app. Read more below.

Wrapping up…

There you have it! All the methods above are easy ways to convert images into PDFs – the choice ultimately comes down to your preference. Let us know which one you prefer the most in the comment section below!

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