How to Convert Images to PDFs on iPhone and iPad

You can convert images on your iPhone to PDF in just a few steps using Apple’s Shortcuts app. Here’s how it works. (Yes, it’s very easy.)

Do you want to convert images into PDF files on an iPhone or an iPad? You can do this quickly by creating a custom workflow using Apple’s Shortcuts app, which will convert the images for you.

It’s a little complicated to set up but, once it’s done, converting images to PDFs can be completed with just a single click. Here’s what you’ll need to do.

Convert Images to PDFs on iPhone on iPad

Let’s assume you’ve filled your iPhone with hundreds of fantastic images. You may want to share them but don’t want to see them edited. To do this, you can convert the images to PDF files first, making them read-only.

The steps to do this work on iPhone and iPad devices.

To convert images to PDFs on iPhone and iPad:

  1. Open the Shortcuts app on your Apple mobile device.
  2. Next, tap the + icon in the top right of the app.
  3. In the box, add a Shortcut Name.
  4. Tap Add Action.
    Convert image to PDF
  5. Type Select Photos in the search box.
  6. Choose Select Photos under Media.
  7. Select the right-facing arrow next to the words Select Photos.Shortcuts add photos
  8. Tap the Select Multiple toggle icon.
  9. Type Make PDF in the search box.
  10. Choose Make PDF from the list.
  11. Type Share in the search box.
  12. Choose Share from the results.convert image to pdf
  13. Tap the Settings icon at the top right.
  14. Toggle on Add to Home Screen.
  15. Tap Add.

You’ll now see a Convert to PDF icon on the iPhone Home screen.

Convert to PDF

Running the Shortcut

Now it’s time to run the created Shortcut to convert images to PDF on your mobile device.

  1. Tap on the Convert to PDF icon on the Home screen, which brings up the Photos app.
  2. Choose the photos(s) to convert.
  3. Select Add at the top right.
  4. Choose a selection from the available options in the pop-up menu. In the example below, we want to covert three images, so we should select Show All 3 or  Always Allow.
  5. Next, tap Save to Files.
  6. Choose the location to send your newly created PDF. You can also use the share sheet and send the PDFs via AirDrop, Messages, and Mail.

Save to PDF

Using Other Shortcuts on iPhone

Some Apple Shortcuts run best as a widget, which you activate directly through the app or from your device’s notifications. Others are ideally suited for use on an Apple Watch. To use a Shortcut using your voice, you’ll be asked during the install process to record a phase. Then, moving forward, you activate the Shortcut by saying, “Hey Siri,” followed by the phrase.

Most Shortcuts are found directly in the Gallery section of the Shortcuts app. You can also install Shortcuts by tapping a provided link from a supported device.  Once you’ve created a Shortcut, it becomes accessible across all of your supported devices.

You’ll find links for every recommended Shortcut below. Tap Get Shortcut for the ones you want to get started, then tap Add Shortcut or Add Untrusted Shortcut, depending on whether a third party created the Shortcut.

Changing Images on iPhone

The steps above should help you convert images to PDFs using the Shortcuts app on iOS and iPadOS. Once you’ve created the Shortcut, performing the task is simple and can be completed in just a few clicks.

Be sure to check out our articles on shortcuts for Spotify users and shortcuts for Photographers. There’s also a list of shortcuts for Apple Music users and the 10 shortcuts to try first.

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