Tutorial to AirDrop iBooks between iPhone, iPad and Mac

If you have an iPhone or iPad, you may have heard of AirDrop feature, or even have used it personally. Apple developed this feature aiming to help iDevice users to transfer files between iPhone and iPhone, iPhone and Mac, iPhone and Apple TV without iTunes and iCloud.

But many iDevice users still do not understand what is AirDrop and how to use this feature, especially AirDrop PDF iBooks. Therefore, we are going to show you how to AirDrop iBooks from iPhone to Mac, iPhone to iPad, or Mac to iPhone in this tutorial. When you grasp this feature, you will be surprised that it is so easy to transfer PDF between iDevices and Mac.

AirDrop iBooks

Part 1: How to AirDrop PDF iBooks

Eager to know how use Apple AirDrop feature and share PDF iBooks between iPhone/iPad/iPod and Mac? In this part, you can learn simple way to AirDrop iBooks between iDevice and Mac.

How to AirDrop PDF iBooks from iPhone to iPhone, iPad or Mac

Step 1. Open your iPhone "Settings" app, turn on "Wi-Fi" and "Bluetooth". Go to "Control Center" and turn on "AirDrop" to "Everyone" or "Contacts Only". Enable the AirDrop feature on targeting device too.

Enable AirDrop

Step 2. Start the iBooks app from home screen, go to "All Books" and open the PDF you want to share. Tap the "Share" icon at upper left corner and select "Print" option. Then use two fingers to enlarge the thumbnail on the popup dialog.

All Books

Step 3. Now, tap the "Share" icon at upper right side, touch "AirDrop" and select the receiving device.


Step 4. Turn to the receiving device, and tap "Save" to start AirDrop iBooks from iPhone to another Apple device.

How to AirDrop iBooks from Mac to iPhone

Step 1. When AirDrop iBooks from Mac to iPhone or iPad, you also need to enable AirDrop feature on both devices.

Step 2. Open the "Finder" application on your Mac computer, unfold the Go menu and select "AirDrop". If your iPhone has turned on AirDrop, it will show up on the list. Choose your iPhone as the receiving device.

Step 3. Locate to the PDF to share to iPhone and drag it to the AirDrop window. Then it will be transferred to your iBooks app a few seconds later.

AirDrop iBooks to iPhone

With the method above, you can handily Airdrop iBooks between iPhone/iPad/iPod and Mac. But you should know that, there are still many disadvantages on this cool feature. Sometimes, you may feel inconvenient to transfer iBooks with Airdrop funtion.

What's more, Airdrop is limited to iOS devices and Mac. You can't use it to copy ebooks from iPhone to Windows computer. Surely, you are not allowed to transfer files from PC to iOS device either. That means, you can't share files between iPhone and computer if you are a Windows user.

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Part 2: Best AirDrop alternative to transfer iBooks [Best Way]

You should understand that AirDrop iBooks is still a wireless connection. Though it is faster than Bluetooth and does not limit file size, it is not as quick as wired connection when sharing content. From this point, we recommend iPhone Transfer as the best AirDrop alternative. Its key features include:

iPhone Transfer

  • Share iBooks between iPhone, iPad and Mac computer.
  • Keep original conditions during transferring PDFs.
  • In addition to PDF, also support photos, music, contacts and a wider range of data types.
  • Compatible with iPhone XS Max/XR/X/8/7s Plus/7s/7 Plus/7/SE/6s/6/5s/5c/5, iPad Pro/Air/mini and earlier, and iPod touch.
  • Available to Windows 10/8/8.1/7/XP and Mac OS.
Download for WinDownload for Mac

In a word, this iOS data transfer is the best AirDrop alternative to transfer iBooks between iPhone/iPad/iPod and Mac/PC.

How to transfer PDF from iPhone to computer or another iDevice

Step 1. Install the easiest AirDrop iBooks alternative to your computer

Download and install iPhone Tranfer to your computer. There is one version for Windows and Mac respectively. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer using a Lightning cable. Launch the iOS transferring software; it will detect your iPhone automatically.

Tip: If you want to transfer PDF from iPhone to iPhone, you need to connect both devices to your computer.

iPhone Transfer

Step 2. Preview iBooks for sharing

Click the name of your device at upper left corner and then choose iBooks on left sidebar to open the detailed window. Here you can view all PDFs stored in your iBooks app. Tick the checkbox in front of each book you want to share.


Step 3. Transfer books without AirDrop

After selecting, unfold the "Export" to menu and select "Export to Mac", "Export to PC", "Export to [targeting device name]" to start transferring books from iPhone to computer.

Tip: This application also supports to save content to iTunes Library. What's more, it enables you to transfer various iOS data between iPhone/iPad/iPod and PC/Mac. For instance, you can handily transfer iPhone photos to Mac.

How to save PDF to iPhone from computer

Step 1. Connect iPhone to iOS transferring software

Similar to AirDrop iBooks, iPhone Transfer is able to save PDFs from computer to iDevice too. Hook up your iPhone to the computer via USB cord, and launch the iOS transfer to recognize your device.

Step 2. Import books to iPhone in one click

Select iBooks on left ribbon. You can preview, manage or edit existing PDFs. Then click the "Add" button on top of the window, and locate to the PDFs where you'd like to save to your iPhone. Once click the "Open" button, the books will start importing to the iBooks app on your iPhone. When it is done, you can read the books on your handset at anytime and anywhere.

Part 3: What is AirDrop

AirDrop is an ad-hoc service for Mac OS and iOS, released by Apple in 2011. It allows you to transfer files between supported devices through Wi-Fi and Bluetooth without using mail, iTunes or iCloud.

What is AirDrop

It is a simple way to transfer content between Apple devices based on ad-hoc network. Moreover, according to our testing, the speed of AirDrop is better than Bluetooth and almost does not have limitations on file size and format.

Before AirDrop iBooks, there are something you should know about this feature:

  • 1. AirDrop is available on iPhone X/8/7/6/6s/5, iPad 4th generation and later, iPod Touch 5th generation running iOS 7 or later, and Mac computer released after 2012 installed Mac OS X.
  • 2. When sharing content through AirDrop, you have to turn on both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
  • 3. The distance between the sending and receiving devices should be less than 10 meters.
  • 4. If you put AirDrop to Contacts Only, the two devices will need to be connected to iCloud, and the same iCloud account is not necessary.
  • 5. When transfer PDF between iDevice and Mac, you'd better disable Firewall in "System" > "Preference" > "General" > "Security & Privacy".
  • 6. When AirDrop iBooks, both devices should keep on and unlocked.


In this tutorial, we have shared how to complete AirDrop iBooks between iPhone, iPad and Mac. As you can see, the operation to transfer PDF through AirDrop is simple. Though AirDrop is convenient for Apple fans, it has downside as well. First of all, this feature is not available to Windows. Plus, it only works under Wi-Fi and Bluetooth environment. So, we also shared an AirDrop alternative, iPhone Transfer, to help you transfer PDF files between various platforms.

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