How to Delete Books and PDF Files on your iPhone or iPad

  Matt Cone       February 22, 2021      Tutorials iPad iPhone


So you’ve read a book or PDF file on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. Now how do you get rid of it? This tutorial shows you how to quickly and easily delete any book or PDF file from the Books app. It’s a great way to free up space, because these files can take up precious space on your device, especially if they contain a lot of embedded pictures.

Here’s how to delete book and PDF files from an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch:

  1. From the iPad’s home screen, tap Books to open it.

  2. Tap the Library icon.

    Books on iPad and iPhone

  3. Switch to the collection that contains the file you want to delete. To do so, tap Collections, and then tap a collection, as shown below.

    Books on iPad and iPhone

  4. Tap Edit in the upper right corner, as shown below.

    Books on iPad and iPhone

  5. Tap on the books and PDF files you want to delete. The items marked for deletion have checkmarks displayed on their icons, as shown below.

    Deleting books on iPad and iPhone

  6. Tap the trash can icon to permanently erase the selected books and PDF files from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch.

  7. Tap Done in the upper right corner.

That’s it! The books and PDF files you selected have been deleted from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch.

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