How to autofill a PDF form on your iPhone?

How to autofill a PDF form on your iPhone with iOS 17.2?  © Shutterstock

How to autofill a PDF form on your iPhone with iOS 17.2? © Shutterstock

Manually filling out PDF forms can be a time-consuming and tedious task, especially when it involves entering repetitive or error-prone information.

You’re probably already familiar with the autofill feature in Safari, which makes it easy to enter your contact or banking information. Since iOS 17.2, Apple has gone even further. This update now allows you to automatically fill out PDF forms directly on your iPhone, using the information stored in your contact card.

It is important to note that this feature requires correctly formatted PDFs with suitable text fields.

In this tutorial, we will see together how to automatically fill out a PDF form on your iPhone with at least iOS 17.2 in order to simplify the management of your PDF documents, provided that they are compatible.

Automatically fill out a PDF form on your iPhone

1. Open the PDF file with the Files app

To use autofill for the PDF file, make sure it is downloaded to your iPhone.

Once you find your PDF online, download it.

To find it, open the “Files” application, then “Explore”. By default, it is located in the “Downloads” folder. Tap this .pdf format file to open it.

Folder location "Downloads" in the Files app © Clubic

Location of the “Downloads” folder in the Files app © Clubic

2. Enable field detection

You may see a strip at the top of your PDF asking you to automatically fill in the fields with the “Fill” button. auto”.

Enable autofill for PDF forms with the banner © Clubic

Enable autofill for PDF forms with the banner © Clubic

If this banner doesn’t appear, don’t panic. Go to the bottom of your screen and tap the icon on the far right, representing a pen filling out a form. On the iPad, the icon is at the top of the screen.

Enable form field detection © Clubic

Enable form field detection © Clubic

The cursor will be automatically placed on the first field to fill.

3. Choose the contact card

If the field to fill in is the name or the telephone number, your contact form is immediately offered. If it’s the right plug, tap it.

Select your own contact card for automatic filling of the PDF © Clubic

Select your own contact card for automatic filling of the PDF © Clubic

All text fields corresponding to the fields in your personal contact file (and which are correctly coded) will be automatically filled in. The same way as a form with Safari.

If you need to use another contact card, tap “Choose other”. Your contact list opens, select the desired contact.

Choose another contact card for automatic filling of the PDF © Clubic

Choose another contact card for automatic filling of the PDF © Clubic

Continue filling out a PDF form on your iPhone

Not all fields can be filled automatically, some items must be entered manually, the old fashioned way.

1. Accept a suggestion

You do not have to fill out all the fields for the same contact. If you tap the suggestion, it will only fill that text field. You will have the proposals for each compatible field. The information provided is that of your personal contact file.

Tap the suggestion at the top of the keyboard.

Suggestion for filling in the text field of the PDF form © Clubic

Suggestion for filling in the text field of the PDF form © Clubic

2. Fill in the other fields

To fill out all the fields in a PDF form, tap it and enter the requested information.

Select a text field to fill out the PDF form © Clubic

Select a text field to fill out the PDF form © Clubic

3. Insert your signature

In the same way that you can add a text box, mainly useful if the text fields are non-existent, you can add a signature.

Press the big “+” button at the bottom right of your screen.

The + button to add text or a signature to a PDF © Clubic

The + button to add text or a signature to a PDF © Clubic

Choose “Add Signature”.

Add a signature to a PDF on iPhone © Clubic

Add a signature to a PDF on iPhone © Clubic

If you have already created a signature, select it.

Choose an existing signature to insert into the PDF © Clubic

Choose an existing signature to insert into the PDF © Clubic

Otherwise, tap “Add or remove signature”.

Add another or a new signature to the PDF © Clubic

Add another or a new signature to the PDF © Clubic

Tap the “+” at the top left.

Add a new signature © Clubic

Add a new signature © Clubic

Scribble your signature on your iPhone screen with your finger.

Creating a new signature for PDFs on iPhone © Clubic

Creating a new signature for PDFs on iPhone © Clubic

You can tap “New Signature”, at the top and middle and choose a label. Quite useful if you have to manage several.

Rename or choose a label for the new signature © Clubic

Rename or choose a label for the new signature © Clubic

Confirm with “OK” at the top right.

Validate this new signature © Clubic

Validate this new signature © Clubic

You can now freely move and resize it using the 4 corners.

Position and resize the signature © Clubic

Position and resize the signature © Clubic

You have all the cards in hand to complete your PDF completely, quickly and efficiently. To modify your default contact person file, go to “Settings”, “Safari”, “Autofill”. From there, make sure to activate “Contact details” and choose your contact card with “My info”. And if you also use a Mac, you might be interested to know how to enable autofill of your credit card on Safari.

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