How to Print to PDF with Acrobat on iPad

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Jul 21, 2020 Jul 21, 2020

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When I use IOS print from a website On my Mac I have print to PDF button available but on my iPad I can only print to a physical printer on my wifi network. Is it possible to have the same print to PDF option on my iPad. I have a current Acrobat Pro DC subscription.

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Jul 22, 2020 Jul 22, 2020

The actual answer is that there is no “print to PDF” capability under either iOS or iPadOS, regardless of any subscription to any Adobe product. Such a capability is operating system-based and not a function of Acrobat.

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 21, 2020 Jul 21, 2020

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That are OS functions. Print as PDF is not handled by Adobe but by Apple on the Mac. Adobe is the inventor of the PDF format, but not all PDF files are created by Adobe products. If the "send to Acrobat" does no work, as it looks like, it's not possible. I'm currently on my iPad, with a feature equivalent subscription. I will update this if I have a solution.

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Adobe Employee ,
Jul 22, 2020 Jul 22, 2020

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Hi There,

 

Thanks for posting the issue here.

iPad uses the mobile app version downloaded from Apple Store; whereas iMac or MacBook uses the desktop version of Acrobat with Pro features.

 

Please do let us know, if anything else is required from our end.

 

Regards,

Swapnil Srivastava

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Mar 10, 2022 Mar 10, 2022

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You didn't answer the question.  The person has an I-pad and a paid subscription to Adobe Acrobat.  How do they "print to pdf"?

 

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Jul 22, 2020 Jul 22, 2020

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The actual answer is that there is no “print to PDF” capability under either iOS or iPadOS, regardless of any subscription to any Adobe product. Such a capability is operating system-based and not a function of Acrobat.

 

- Dov Isaacs, former Adobe Principal Scientist (April 30, 1990 - May 30, 2021)

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Jan 05, 2022 Jan 05, 2022

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Here are steps from a 2016 Mac9to5 article which I have updated to work with newer Apple devices that don't support 3D Touch.  The original article can be found here:  https://9to5mac.com/2016/09/18/how-to-print-to-pdf-from-iphone-and-ipad-ios-10/

 

Print from iOS as a PDF with the “Print to PDF” function that has been present on desktops for years. Want to try it for yourself? Use the steps below…

  1. Head to anything that has the option to “Print.” This includes full webpages, images, documents in apps, documents in Safari, and much more.
  2. Tap the “Share” icon to bring up the Share Sheet.
  3. Scroll to the right until you see the “Print” button. Tap it.
  4. Instead of selecting a printer like you normally would, pinch and zoom on the image of the document shown in the document preview.
  5. From this screen, select the “Share” icon again to bring put the Share Sheet.
  6. Now, you can choose from your normal list of services and export the document, webpage, image, or email as a PDF.

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Mar 10, 2022 Mar 10, 2022

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Brilliant workaround! Works a treat, thanks

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New Here ,
Jul 09, 2022 Jul 09, 2022

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Im still on hold with adobe support - found this answer in a google search - problems solved!  Thank you!

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LEGEND ,
Jul 09, 2022 Jul 09, 2022

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I can see why Adobe support wouldn't know. This helpful tip doesn't use any Adobe app, it's done by Apple. 

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Jul 09, 2022 Jul 09, 2022

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I have an open in Acrobat button simply by pinching the preview. I do not know, however, if that option is also available, if you do not have an Acrobat subscription.

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ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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