Getting Documents into iAnnotate

Last updated on December 31, 2014

Documents can be added to iAnnotate in a variety of ways, including via email, web, iTunes, and in-app connections to major cloud services (Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and WebDAV). More details below.

We highly recommend importing and storing documents with a Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive or personal WebDAV connection to ensure your work is always backed up to the cloud.                                                                            
iAnnotate does not support iCloud.

Connecting to a Supported Cloud Account

To learn more about setting up and using a cloud connection, choose your preferred cloud service from the list below:

Getting Files from Email

Supported document formats can be opened into iAnnotate from the iPad's Mail app. Tap an attachment to download, then tap and hold on it to display an "Open in..." menu of applicable apps. Select "Open in iAnnotate PDF." The document will then open in iAnnotate and be automatically saved to your "Local Files" folder.


Getting Files from iTunes

You can send documents from the Mac/PC iTunes app to iAnnotate. Only individual documents can be sent via this method. Apple does not currently allow folders to be sent to iPad apps from iTunes.

In iTunes 11, go to iPad > Apps then scroll down to the File Sharing heading. Select iAnnotate PDF from the menu and a list of documents currently shared from iAnnotate appears to the right. You can then click the "Add..." button to select documents from your computer to send to iAnnotate.

When a document is added to iAnnotate in this way, it "disappears" from the list of currently shared documents in iTunes; this disappearance indicates that the transfer has been completed. The document will then be available in the default "iTunes Sharing" folder in the "Local Files" section of your iAnnotate Library.

Getting Files from the Web

PDFs and webpages converted to PDF can be imported from iAnnotate's in-app browser. On the left side of the iAnnotate Library, tap "Add" and select "Import from Web." This button takes you to the in-app browser's home page at See here for more details.

Note: iAnnotate v3.1 includes a PDF guide on how to import files. Find it in your iAnnotate Library under Local Files > "How to add files 3.1."

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