You may want to convert photos to PDF on iPhone sometimes. For example, if you take a screenshot of a web page, conversation, and save it as a PNG image file and need to print it out, then you can convert the photo to PDF first. When you take pictures of some paper documents, receipts, or even books using your Camera, you may prefer to turn them into PDF files so you can manage and access them using iBooks or other PDF readers. Today, we will show you three different ways you can easily convert photos, picture in PNG, HEIC, JPG, JPEG, or other formats into PDF file on your iPhone X, iPhone 8 or 8 Plus. We use a iPhone 8 Plus in the demo, the same steps, apps can also help you convert pictures to PDF documents on iPhone 8 or iPhone X.
Method 1. Convert pictures to PDF using Files app
Since iOS 13, Apple introduced the Files app and it has become very useful. We can use it to access external storage, scan documents, compress files, convert files to PDF and so many more. We can use it to convert photos, image files, screenshots to PDF files easily. If the pictures are saved in the Photos app. Find and share it, then choose Save to Files, choose a folder to save it. Fire up the Files app on your iPhone, browse to the location where the photos, images are saved.
Long press on the image thumbnail to pop up the contextual menu and choose Create PDF from the bottom of this menu list. A PDF file with the same name will be created and saved to the same folder as the original image file in Files app on your iPhone.
Merge multiple photos into a single PDF file
If need, you can even use the Files app to combine two or more image files into one PDF file on your iPhone. Again share or copy the images files from other apps on your phone to the Files app. Then launch the Files app to find them. Tap the Select button at the top right corner, then choose the More button (three dots) at the bottom right corner to bring up the options at the lower section on your phone screen. Choose Create PDF. A PDF file with the same name will be created and saved to the same folder as the original photos in Files app on your iPhone.
Note that the PDF file size might be very large. So double check the file size in Files app before you send or transfer it to other people or devices. The Files app also gives users the ability to zip or compress files and documents, but it seems can not help us reduce down file sizes of those media files, such as photos, videos.
Method 2. Convert Photos to PDF via Books – the Easiest way
The stock Books app on your iPhone 8, 8 Plus or iPhone X has the hidden PDF converter that allows you to turn photos, images, or pictures into PDF file documents on your iPhone with ease.
Launch the Photos app on your iOS device. Select the photo you wish to convert to PDF. Tap on the Share button at the bottom left corner, you will then see the pop-up menu at the lower section of your iPhone screen. You will find Messages, Mail, Add to Notes and other options to share the selected photo. Select Save PDF to iBooks from the menu to instant convert the picture to PDF file and import it to the iBooks app at the same time.
- If you didn’t see the option to save image as PDF, after selecting the photo and pressing the “Share” button, scroll horizontally through the share options to show more options and find the “Save PDF to iBooks” button.
- If you want to batch convert multiple photos to PDF on iPhone, tap Select, choose all photos you like to convert to PDF, then press the Share button and choose Save PDF to iBooks option to convert multiple pictures to PDF.
Method 3. Convert Photos to PDF via Print – a hidden feature in iOS
There is a hidden feature in iOS that can help us easily convert various files or documents to PDF on iPhone iPad. For instance, you can follow this tutorial to save an email as PDF on iPhone.
Open the default Photos app on your iPhone, choose the picture you want to convert, tap on the Share button, then choose “Print” from the sharing option menu. Again if you can’t see the Print button, scroll horizontally through the menu to show more options. The Printer Options screen opens on your iPhone where you can select printer and choose how many copies you like to print out. Here you can use the pinch-zoom spreading gesture to enlarge image on iPhone and then tap the Share button at the top right corner and choose Save to Files button at the action menu at the screen bottom. Here you can choose to save the PDF document to iCloud, iPhone, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, etc.
Method 4. Convert Photos to editable PDF on iPhone
The above two methods can help you convert pictures to PDF file on iPhone, however you will find they do not allow you to select, copy or edit the text on the PDF document. You will need a professional PDF editor for this task. You can refer to this guide to convert Image to PDF on iPhone iPad using a document scanner app for iPhone. It can not only directly scan paper works to PDF on iPhone, but also create PDF doc from existing photos saved in your Camera Roll or Photo Library.
Method 5. Convert photos to PDF on iPhone – the FREE way
PDF Photos is a free photo to PDF converter with plenty of useful features. You can find a variety of page layout options, flexible document options, export and share options, etc. Simple and easy to use. See how you can convert photos to PDF on iPhone using this free app.
Update May 2020: this article was originally published in Mar 2018 and has since been updated. in this update, the free photo to PDF converter was added.