How to Open a PDF on an iPad

By Julius Vandersteen

Apple's iPad is a tablet computer with two built-in cameras and a multi-touch display. The basic model connects to the Internet over Wi-Fi and the Wi-Fi + 3G model also connects to the Internet over cellular data networks. You can use the iPad to listen to music, look at pictures, watch videos, and play games and run applications, also known as "apps." You can open and read PDF files on the iPad with Apple's free app, iBooks.

Things You'll Need

  • USB cable

Step 1

Tap the App Store icon when connected to the Internet over Wi-Fi or a cellular data network.

Step 2

Tap "Search," and then tap the search text field. A keyboard will appear. Type "iBooks" and then tap "Search." Tap "iBooks" from the search results to display information about the iBooks app. Tap "Install" to download it directly to your iPad.

Step 3

Launch iTunes on your computer. You were prompted to download and install iTunes when you first set up your iPad. Use iTunes to listen to music and manage your iPad.

Step 4

Connect the iPad to a USB port on your computer with the USB cord. The icon of the iPad will appear in the left side of the iTunes window.

Step 5

Click on "Books" in the left pane of the iTunes window.

Step 6

Drag a PDF from a folder on your computer into the iTunes window. It will copy over to your iPad.

Step 7

Right-click on the icon of the iPad and then click "Eject." Disconnect your iPad from the computer.

Step 8

Tap the iBooks icon on the iPad to launch the app.

Step 9

Tap "Bookshelf." The PDF file you copied from your computer will appear in the list. Tap the PDF file to open it and start reading. Tap on the right or left side of a page or swipe your finger to the left or right to turn the page.