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  • Writer's pictureStacy Crouse

How To Download a PDF from TpT to Use on Your iPad in Speech Therapy

For Speech-Language Pathologists, the convenience of ready-to-go resources on TpT is quite possibly the best thing in the SLP world since, I don't know, evaluation report templates? Most of us purchase, download, and save amazing, time-saving PDFs to a desktop computer where we can print them, or use them digitally.

Want to make life even easier by skipping a bunch of those steps and using the activities on an iPad? Let's walk through it, step-by-step!

Download the PDF Activity from TpT.

First, we need to download the PDF from TpT using the browser app on your iPad (Safari). Navigate to the resource listing page. In this example, I'll be showing how to download digital articulation cards (which are ideal for using on an iPad). Click the button to download (or purchase, if it's a resource you don't yet own).

Download PDF from TpT on an iPad

The PDF will download to another tab within the Safari browser. You will be able to click on the tab and view the PDF, but the PDF may not be fully functional for digital use.... yet. If the PDF contains interactive elements, such as clickable buttons or fillable text boxes (you know you I love a good interactive PDF), they may not work within a browser tab.

Open the PDF on an App.

So, you can open the PDF in a designated PDF reader app (such as Apple Books or a free PDF reader for iPad) by clicking the 'Share' button. This button is a box with an arrow pointing out of the top, as shown below.

Download a TpT Activity on an iPad

After you click the 'Share' button, a pop-up (known as the 'Share Sheet' in iPad lingo) will open. You'll see various options for sharing or opening the PDF. If you see the PDF reader you want to use along the top, click it.

Open a PDF in an app on an iPad

If you do not see the PDF application, swipe over and click where it says 'More' to get more choices of PDF reader apps many of which are free!

Choose an app to open a PDF on an iPad

Use the PDF with the App.

Then, the PDF will open in the app that you specified. FYI– most PDF reader apps can store the PDFs on the iPad moving forward (assuming you have enough storage capacity). This means you don't need to have internet access to use the file once it's been downloaded to the iPad.

Articulation Cards on an iPad for Speech Therapy

Pretty simple right? Time to give it a try! Here are a few FREE resources that work wonderfully on an iPad PDF reader, so click on one (or all) to download!

Check out the set of digital articulation cards shown in this post to use on your iPad!

Cheers to learning new ways to use your iPad in speech therapy... and never having to email your TpT purchases to yourself ever again!

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