If you work with documents on multiple devices, we recommend you sync your files to access them anywhere. Sync is especially helpful when you do a lot of PDF editing and annotating. If you're a student, you can use an iPad to annotate your textbook in class and continue studying on your Mac at home. Your notes from iPad are already here! No need to do the same job twice.
We created PDF Expert to make working with PDFs fun and pleasant on Mac, iPhone, and iPad. If you have PDF Expert on multiple devices, you can easily sync your files and annotations. Here are the ways to do it.
You can start annotating a PDF document on your Mac and pick it up right where you left it on your iPad or iPhone and vice versa. For example, you can edit a contract on your Mac and instantly open this document on iPad to sign it with the Apple Pencil. It's easy with Readdle Transfer! Work with your files anywhere you wish, and PDF Expert saves changes across your devices.
Before using Readdle Transfer, make sure that:
How to transfer a file from Mac to iPhone or iPad
Note: The copy of the file from your Mac isn't saved on your iOS device automatically. If you want to save it, tap … at the top right and select Save Copy. However, you don't need to save the file manually if it's located in a folder synced with iCloud or a different cloud storage on both your devices.
How to transfer a file from iPhone or iPad to Mac
Note: The copy of the PDF file from your iOS device isn't created on your Mac automatically. To have this file on your Mac, click File > Save > Save to Mac. Yet your file is saved and updated automatically if it's located in the folder synced with iCloud or a different cloud storage on both devices.
There are more options to move files between your Apple devices or PC. Check our article "How to transfer PDFs from Mac/PC to iPhone/iPad and Vice Versa" for a detailed guide.
Using iCloud is the most natural way to sync files across Apple devices. Make sure you are signed into the same Apple ID on both your Mac and iOS device and the iCloud Drive is enabled. On your Mac, open System Preferences > iCloud > tick iCloud Drive. On your iOS device, open Settings > [your name] > iCloud > enable the iCloud Drive toggle.
Let's try to sync some PDFs! After launching PDF Expert on your iPhone or iPad, you'll see a new folder called PDF Expert or Documents by Readdle in your iCloud. Move the PDF files and folders here to access them on all your devices.
Upload files to iCloud from Mac:
Upload files to iCloud from iPhone or iPad:
PDF Expert for iOS works with all main cloud storages including Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, and OneDrive. You can sync a selected cloud storage folders with PDF Expert to keep your files and annotations up to date.
Sync a folder on iPad:
Sync a folder on iPhone:
Note: You can also edit a PDF file directly in cloud storage, without syncing a specific folder. Just connect to your cloud storage in PDF Expert on your iOS device and open the needed file. All changes you make sync with a cloud.
Sync PDF files on Mac
You can edit a file in PDF Expert for Mac and sync changes with a cloud. All you need is a desktop cloud storage app. For example, after downloading the Google Drive app, you can go to the Google Drive tab in Finder and open the needed file in PDF Expert. The changes will sync with PDF Expert on your iOS device if you have synced this folder here.
We've described three ways to sync PDF files and annotations across your devices. It's time to find out which one works the best for you! Download PDF Expert for Mac, iPhone, and iPad if you haven't done so already.