10 Best PDF Reader Apps for iPhone

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The Portable Document Format or PDF is one of the most popular and widely used file formats and you will see online books and even business literature in this format. To read the PDF file, you will need a good PDF reader app and there are thousands of PDF reader apps available on the app store, but not all of them are worthy enough to download and it is very difficult to find the right ones. In this guide, we will share top 10 PDF reader apps for iPhone that you can download.

1.Adobe Acrobat Reader

Adobe Acrobat Reader is one of the best PDF readers available in the market and it is developed by Adobe, the same company that developed the PDF format in 1993. Adobe Acrobat Reader application supports different types of PDF formats like as protected PDFs, PDF Portfolios and fillable forms. The app also includes a very simple user interface which makes it easy to use. Moreover, it is also totally free. If you are looking for the best application for casual use, Adobe Acrobat Reader is the best choice.

2. Foxit PDF Reader

Foxit PDF Reader is another very good PDF reader application which is intended for professional PDFs. It also competes directly with Adobe Acrobat Reader, but the one area where Foxit PDF Reader is best is offering additional features such as split view, slider, and comment scanning, which is very useful for professional use. The free version of the app comes with some basic features and the premium feature unlocks the premium features of the app such as the Speak feature which reads the document aloud, sets passwords for encrypted documents and well others.

3. Documents par Readdle

Documents by Readdle is not just a PDF reader, but a full-fledged file manager that lets you manage other file formats as well. You can directly transfer files from iPhone to your Mac or PC and vice versa, which is a very useful feature. There is also a built-in browser that lets you search for difficult words in the PDF right from the app itself. If you're looking for a complete package, Documents by Readdle is a great option.


PDFelement is a very good PDF reader application that offers the best cross-platform synchronization. It lets you read, edit, annotate, convert and even sign PDF files. You can also access PDFs from iCloud Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, and Box using the app. There is also a built-in scanner which you can use to convert any document to PDF and you can also convert PDF to world, excel, ppt, HTML and RTF format. If you are looking for a good PDF reader app with excellent cross-platform functionality, PDFelement is a great option for you.

5. PDF Reader - Document Expert

PDF Reader – Document Expert is another very good PDF reader app that offers the best features. The app supports password protected PDFs, the built-in scanner lets you scan and create PDFs on the go. Features like Text Flow and Auto Flow also enhance the PDF reading experience. If you are looking for an ideal PDF reader with unique features, PDF Reader – Document Expert is for you.

6. Google Play Livres

Google Play Books is one of the most popular PDF readers and it is most popular for Android devices, but the IOS version of the app is also very good. It supports PDF format as well as EPUB format. You can upload the book to the online library and sync it across multiple devices. There is also a built-in dictionary and maps which can be very useful. The app also offers the night light setting which adjusts the background and brightness at night to enhance the reading experience.

7. Xodo PDF Pro

Xodo PDF Pro is another very good PDF with basic features. You can view, edit and annotate PDFs in the app. The app also has very good cross-platform support which is another big plus. There is also a built-in reader that lets you scan images and turn them into PDFs. It also allows multiple users to access documents and collaborate on the document. If you're looking for a basic PDF reader app without fancy features, Xodo PDF Pro is for you.

8. KyBook 2 Ebook Reader

As the name suggests, this application is designed for e-books and supports all major e-book formats such as EPUB, PDF, FB2, RTF, DJVU, MOBI, AZW3, CBR, CBZ, MP3, M4 and M4B. You can also mark annotations and use the built-in text-to-speech tool to convert text to audio, which is a really handy feature. It also supports cloud storage such as iCloud, Google Drive and more.

9. PDF Pro 3

PDF Pro 3 is another great PDF reader app that comes with tons of features. The application allows you to read, modify and annotate a PDF document. Moreover, you can also highlight text, add comments and even draw numbers on the documents with your fingers. It also lets you add colorful labels and organize PDF files. There is also a dark mode for an enhanced reading experience and it also supports password protected PDF files. If you are looking for a rich PDF reader, PDF Pro 3 is a great option.

10. iBooks

iBooks (Books) is the default PDF reader app on iPhone that supports PDF formats as well as EPUB formats. You can easily sync books using iTunes. It is more than a simple PDF reader with only basic functions. In the app, you can perform simple tasks such as adding bookmarks, notes, highlighting text, and many more. There is also an automatic night mode that allows you to easily read at night. iBooks (Books) is a great app if you want the basic PDF reader app.


These are the best PDF reader apps for iPhone and iPad. Let us know your favorite PDF reader app in the comments section below. You can also consult the best apps to read ebooks on iphone.

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