How to Convert a Picture to PDF on an iPhone or iPad for Free

Converting images on your phone or tablet device to PDF might seem like a pain. However, Apple makes it easy using their iOS. 

You can turn all types of images (like JPGs, PNGs, and GIFs) to PDF using the native Photos and File apps installed on two of Apple’s flagship products — iPhones and iPads. Let’s get to it:

Method 1: Convert your image to PDF using “Photos”.

The easiest way to convert a picture to PDF on your iPhone is via the native “Photos” application. Note that it should already be installed on your iPhone. Here’s how to turn one or more images into PDF using the app:

Step 1: Click the Photos app on your iPhone and choose Albums.

Step 2: Click Select, and choose the image(s) you want to convert to PDF. 

Select one or more photos from your Albums to begin converting your image to PDF on your iPhone
Don’t mind the images in my freelancer’s photo library please.

Step 3: Click the Share button at the bottom left corner of your screen.

Step 4: A Share Sheet menu will appear. Click Print at the bottom of the menu.

iPhone photo options, arrow pointing at the word 'Print'

Step 5: Using two fingers on the pics preview, pinch out the image to zoom out. This shortcut saves the image(s) as a PDF file on your iPhone.

Method 2: Convert images to PDF Using the iOS “Books” application.

Similar to “Photos”, “Books” is also a native iOS application that allows you to transform pictures into PDF files. Here’s how:

Step 1: Click on the photo(s) you want to convert and select the Share option.

Step 2: Click the Books icon on the Share dropdown menu. If you don’t see it, scroll to the right on the list of Share options until it’s visible (it’s orange with a white book icon on top).

iPhone Books app icon

Step 3: When you open photos within “Books”, they will convert and save as PDFs automatically. You can now access your new PDFs within the app.

Method 3: Convert photos to PDF using the “Files” application.

Before converting your picture to PDF, ensure that the image is saved under Files. Once you have the photo saved:

Step 1: Search for the Files app on your iPhone or iPad, open it, and locate the images you wish to convert.

Step 2: To turn a single picture into a PDF, tap and hold on to the picture, then click Create PDF

Arrow pointing to the 'Create PDF' option on an iPhone

Step 3: Tap on the three-dot icon at the top right corner of your screen. A pop-up menu will appear — click Select.

3 dots button within the Browse folder of your iPhone Photos app

Step 4: Choose the images you’re aiming to convert to PDF. Then click the three-dot icon again and select Create PDF. The “Files app” will create a single PDF of those pictures and save them to your device. 

Method 4: Turn photos to PDF using “Print”.

The “Print” method works well on both iPhone and iPad devices, and helps you convert both standard document files and as well as image files into PDF.

Step 1: Open the Photos app to select the picture you want to convert.

iPhone photo album, selecting an individual photo

Step 2: Click the Share icon, and select Print from the menu that pops up.

Step 3: If you don’t see this option, scroll horizontally until Print is visible.

iPhone Printer Options screenshot, can use this interface to convert an image to PDF

Step 4: Once the Options screen opens, choose the image files you want to become PDFs.

Step 5: Pinch-zoom each image before clicking the Share button at the top right corner of your screen.

Step 6: Click Save to Files using the action menu at the bottom of your screen. This helps you save the PDF document to your iCloud, iPhone, or even Google Drive.

Method 5: Converting images to PDF using an online PDF converter.

Using a PDF converter is a free and easy way to turn your photos into PDFs, then download them directly to your browser or save them to Google Drive.

Step 1: Open our image to PDF converter and click Choose File. Other menus will pop up if you’re using an iPhone. Select Photo Library.

JPG to PDF converter tool being used on an iPhone, Photo Library selection is highlighted

Step 2: In your Photos, select the pictures you want to convert. They will quickly upload to the website.

Step 3: Your image(s) will automatically convert to PDF in seconds. You can then download the pictures directly to your browser by clicking the button, or save them to Google Drive by clicking the link icon next to the button.

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