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iAnnotate is the best way to read, annotate, and share PDFs, Microsoft Office files, images and web pages! Over 1 million people turn to iAnnotate to take notes, sign agreements, highlight documents, insert stamps and more.

New in v4: iPhone support, iPad Pro and multitasking support, automatic Apple Pencil detection, shape annotations, improved web markup, enhanced support for OneDrive (and OneDrive for Business), iCloud Drive, and iCloud backup.

iAnnotate’s award-winning interface and customizable set of features make it the go-to app for taking notes on lecture slides, annotating important business documents, revising screenplays, grading papers, and much more. Read on to learn about the great capabilities of iAnnotate:

IPHONE: Now you can use iAnnotate on your phone, with all of the great features you’ve come to expect on your iPad.

IPAD PRO: iAnnotate works great with the iPad Pro. Automatically annotate when you use the Apple Pencil and easily pan, zoom, scroll with your fingers — no tool switching required. Get more work done with iOS multitasking and smart keyboard shortcuts.

ANNOTATE: Choose from the pen, highlighter, typewriter, stamp, straight-line, note, underline, strikeout, photo, voice recording, arrow, rectangle, circle, and date stamp tools.

CUSTOMIZE: Drag and drop tools to your custom toolbars. Swipe between toolbars, or open the Toolbox to access all your tools.

ACCESS: Connect with Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive (including OneDrive for Business) or open PDFs directly from email and other apps.

SEARCH: Search documents in your local library and throughout your cloud storage.

SHARE: iAnnotate saves your markups directly to the PDF, so they can be viewed and edited in external PDF readers.

FLATTEN: Compress your annotations onto the document to prevent modification. This is useful for preserving signatures or for preventing recipients from deleting or changing your annotations.

WEB MARKUP: Open a web capture tab and find the site you want to mark up. iAnnotate will convert it to a PDF for annotation.

NAVIGATE: Explore your documents by thumbnails, bookmarks, annotations, or search results.

UNLIMITED TABS: Open multiple documents in tabs, and easily navigate between them, on both tablet and phone.

TWO DOCUMENTS: Work on two documents side-by-side, for even greater productivity.

MANAGE: Arrange documents by folders and sort contents by date added, date last opened, or alphabetical order.

CREATE: Create brand new PDFs with blank, lined, or graph-paper pages.

MODIFY: Add, delete, rotate, and rearrange pages in your documents.

SUMMARIZE: Forward a summary of your annotations as an email or a new PDF.

SECURE: Full support for the iOS Data Protection and Keychain functions.

Interested in using iAnnotate in your business or school? Contact us to find out about our enterprise options.

What’s New

Version 4.7.8

We've added a number of features and fixed a few bugs -- please see all the features below:

Scan a document directly into a document you're working on: a) With document open tap on the “four square” icon in top right to enter outline view, b) Navigate to the page you’d like to add the new document behind, c) Tap “edit” on top, then tap “add” on bottom, capture your image, then tap “save” (or add
page, to add additional scans), page will then be added.

Change from dark to light on a document with Smart Invert: With a document open, tap on the orange tab at the top and select “Enable Smart Invert.”

Improved Apple Pencil performance when "Apple Pencil Always Inks" is turned off. In this mode, Apple Pencil will now act like a "finger" and no longer require "long taps" to select items.

We've also improved search on local drives and within Google drives and added a warning icon when too many files are open.

You'll now notice an alert at the top of your screen when a lot of documents are open to prompt you to close unused documents to improve performance.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
6.7K Ratings

6.7K Ratings

phoenixrising93 ,

Reviewing papers is a breeze

I have used an app on iOS for nearly a decade. It allows me to store lots of journal articles and the ability to annotate them. I had a lengthy dissertation to review and return those comments to the author. After getting through more than 100 pages, I tried to export them and open the commented article in Acrobat only to find that the comments could not be viewed. His dissertation advisor recommended iAnnotate. Best $10 app I have purchased in many years.

The tools are great. I like that the stylus gives a fine line, it's like writing on the real paper. Highlight does well, open the note to type. When I exported to Acrobat everything was just where it should be.

What don't I like? I have numerous toolbars on the side, I don't know how to close them. It is a little clumsy to move comments around. Grabbing and moving takes a little patience. Nonetheless it works well. I heartily recommend this app.

Developer Response ,

Wow! We're so happy that you're enjoying the app! If you have any questions about how to navigate the app, please reach out to We're more than happy to answer any questions, or share any tips!

jaimeleigh4 ,

Overall very helpful but not exactly what I need

I am in veterinary school and I use this app to take notes daily. It is nice that you can write on the PowerPoint or other document, my main issue is that there is no way of adding a blank space next to the PowerPoint to write notes on. I am one that uses the handout 3 slides/page notes when I print because I take so many notes. Currently I have to open everything on my computer, save it as a PDF with the notes format then move it over to google drive before I can open it on the app. It is very frustrating and I have yet to find an app that will let me do this without using my computer. I hope their developers keep this in mind because I have read about students equally as frustrated with me but no solutions have come. (I would use one note because they have this feature but I only have google accounts and that requires a Microsoft account)

Sorry for the long review but this is great for those students who don't need a lot of space to write! (Except for the random times it decides to shut off but all annotations are saved)

Developer Response ,

Thank you for writing in to us! We have heard something similar from other students. This is something that we are potentially considering adding in the future. If you contact, you can speak with our Product Manager directly and discuss this suggestion in greater detail.

nxs5 ,

Keeps getting worse

Why does this app keep getting worse with every update? The problems with file management have been well documented. The latest change involves the navigation tool. It used to be on the left margin, and would show a list of icons representing each annotation you made, with page numbers indicated for each icon. Clicking on the icon brought you to that annotation in your document, and if you want to go to the next annotation, you simply clicked on the next icon.

Now, that panel is a pop up menu, with no page number listed. So, in a 50 page document with 25 annotations, how do you begin to decide which icon to click if you want to go to an annotation on page 30? Then, after you click on an icon, the pop-up menu disappears, so when you realize you wanted to go to a different annotation, you have to bring up the pop-up menu again. Even worse, the menu does not indicate which icon you last clicked on, so you can’t even figure out which icon is for the next annotation, let alone an annotation that might be 10 pages further in the document. I’m ready to go back to version 3, or look elsewhere.

Developer Response ,

We're sorry that you aren't enjoying the new update. We moved the navigation menu to the right and gave search its own section to fix the issue of the keyboard automatically popping up and having to hide it to access thumbnails, the annotations list, and the outline.

However, we have heard that users want the page numbers listed, so we are working on bringing that back in the next update. We're also planning on changing the functionality of the menu to prevent users from losing their place or having to continually click back into the menu.

App Privacy

The developer, Branchfire, Inc., indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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