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How do I forward or download a PDF from the Google Drive iPhone application?

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The mobile website lets you forward a PDF via email. So that is what I ended up doing. – case1352 Dec 21 '12 at 4:56

Forwarding a PDF file via email or SMS may not be directly possible in Google Drive. The GD iOS app has a "Share" option so you can email a link to that file, but not the file itself. In Google Drive.app, click the right-arrow (greater-than symbol) to the right of the file name. This shows the file's "Details" with a preview and so on. Now click the "share this" link in the upper-right corner of the app, and choose "Share".

iOS doesn't really have the concept of "downloading", at least not in the general way it does in a desktop operating system. iOS users can open compatible documents in apps that announce themselves in an "Open in..." list. For example, when you click on the .PDF file name in Google Drive, the file viewer displays the file, and you can then "Open in..." a different PDF reading app. If, for example, you choose to Open in... "Dropbox.app", you're able to both save the .PDF file into Dropbox, so it's available elsewhere, AND display the file. Dropbox's file viewer DOES allow you to share the file via email or SMS.

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It doesn't offer me the the "Open in..." bit – case1352 Nov 5 '12 at 23:30

I use a Mac. I figuratively "printed" my pdf file and saved it as a .pdf file. It opened in Preview and I was able to save it to my desktop.

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Yeah, except the OP was asking how to do this from an iPhone. – Al E. Dec 21 '12 at 13:48

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