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Back PDF from iPad to PC & Mac: this article is a detailed guide for how to transfer PDF from iPad to PC/Mac.

Emma Shaw
Posted by Emma Shaw | @Emma Shaw | Category: PDF Knowledge
Published: May 14,2015 9:14 am / Updated: Jun 17,2015 19:15 pm

Have synced piles of PDF files to iPad or directly downloaded many PDF files on iPad, and now need to transfer PDF files back to PC or Mac for backup? Apple makes it easy to transfer PDF to iPad via iTunes, while no offering to backup PDF from iPad to PC/Mac. It is quite annoying, isn't it? Don't worry, man. Apple iTunes says no, but we say yes. This article is going to tell you how to transfer PDF from iPad to PC and Mac.


This article includes three parts: How to backup PDF from iPad to Windows computer & How to backup PDF from iPad to Mac, and finally if you don't want to install third-party software please see the third part to transfer PDF from iPhone/iPad to desktop.

  1. Part 01: How to backup PDF from iPad to PC
  2. Part 02: How to backup PDF from iPad to Mac
  3. Part 03: How to transfer PDF from iPhone/iPad to desktop with iBooks and Mail

Part 1: How to backup PDF from iPad to PC

No matter you iPhone/iPad is jailbroken or not, you can use this method to backup all the PDFs on the devices to PC. Here I will use iFunbox which is my favorite iOS tool to manage the files on iOS. Please firstly download and install on your computer.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone or iPad to PC, then start iFunbox on your desktop.


Step 2: Make sure you've downlaod and install iBooks from app store.

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Step 3: After connected to your device, you will see the file list on right side of iFunbox. Click File Browser button and there is the iBooks option.


Step 4: Then, click on the iBooks list, you will see all the books including PDF files on your devices.


Step 5: Choose the PDF files to backup, drag or hold shift and click to choose files.


Step 6: Right click on the chosen files, and then select Copy to PC option, then select a folder on your PC to save those files.

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Note:this method works both on iPhone and iPad.

Part 2: How to backup PDF from iPad to Mac

Actually it's quite similar to backup iPhone/iPad PDFs between Windows and Mac. While talking about backup iPhone/iPad PDFs to Mac, I will introduce another took called iTools for Mac. You shall install it on Mac first.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone or iPad to Mac, then start iTools for Mac.


Step 2: After connected to your device, there are several tabs on the iTools for Mac interface. Click Books button to see all your book.

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Step 3: Choose the PDF files to backup, drag or hold shift and click to choose files.


Step 6: Right click on the chosen files, and then select Export option, then select a folder on your Mac to save those files.

Note:this method also works both on iPhone and iPad.

Part 3: How to transfer PDF from iPhone/iPad to desktop with iBooks and Mail

No app, no transfer. To transfer PDF from iPhone/iPad to Mac or PC, you need an app named iBook, which is developed by Apple and you can download it from iTunes. iBook is an easy-to-use tool for downloading and reading ebooks. If you have download many PDF files, you can send them to your Email. In the following tutorial, I will take iPhone as an example, and it's quite the same on iPad. Here are the steps:

Step 1: On your iPhone or iPad, tap iBooks.


Step 2: Tap Bookself and find the PDF file you'd like to transfer.

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Step 3: Tap the PDF file to enter the file. Tap the Second icon close to Library to show the contents.


Step 4: Then, tap the icon on the top right corner.


Step 5: A dialog comes out. Tap Mail and choose your Email type, like Google.


Step 6: Then, enter your email address and touch Send when done.

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Note:some email providers set limits on attachments, so you might have to email PDF files a few at a time.

Pretty easy, huh? That's why I use it. It is really amazing in transferring files between iPad and computer.

Any questions? Welcome to leave your comment!

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