This article will show you all the different ways on how to import/add existing documents from other apps/locations into GoodNotes 5.
GoodNotes allows you to import PDF, Word, and PowerPoint documents from other locations into the app to annotate and organize them. There are several ways on how to import/add documents to your GoodNotes library.
1. Using the "Import" feature
You can import documents into GoodNotes without ever leaving the app. To do that, tap the + button in the documents tab and tap "Import". The "Files" app will open up automatically. Tap on any PDF, Word, PowerPoint, or GoodNotes document to import it into the app. To import multiple documents, tap the "Select" button in the upper right of the Files interface and select the documents you want to import. Then tap "Open" (this requires GoodNotes 5.3.10 or higher).
Connecting your cloud storage with the Files app
The Files app brings all files from all your cloud storages together. To connect third-party cloud storages (like Google Drive, Dropbox, One Drive, Box, etc.) you will need to enable it in the Files app.
2. Use "Open In" in the share sheet from other apps
You can send documents from other apps or locations into GoodNotes, for example, an attachment to an email. To do that, open or select the document in the other app and tap on the share button. Then, select "GoodNotes" from the list of apps. GoodNotes should open automatically and you can choose where you want to add the new document to.
The following options are available:
- Create a completely new document
- Add before/after the current page when a document is still open
- Append to any document in the library
3. Drag & Drop
Drag and drop is a very convenient way to add documents and other files, like images, to GoodNotes. If you don't know how drag & drop works, start off reading this article. Drag & drop can be a really powerful way to organize and work with your documents in GoodNotes. We've some tips and tricks and best practices on our blog:
- How to convert your handwriting to text using drag & drop
- Effortless document management in GoodNotes with drag & drop on the iPad
- Advanced drag & drop tips for GoodNotes (with videos)
4. Adding documents to existing documents
GoodNotes allows you to add documents to existing documents in your library. There are a few ways on how to do it, which is explained below.
- In an open document, tap the + button in the upper right of the navigation bar. You can either add a blank default page before or after the current page or tap on the downward-facing arrow next to "Blank Page" and choose "Import".
- In an open document, open the thumbnail view. Tap the + button and choose "Import"
- From another app or location, tap the share button and choose "Open in GoodNotes" if a document is open, you'll have the option to add it below or above the opened page
5. Using AirDrop to import documents
You can wirelessly send documents to a nearby iPhone, iPad, or Mac on the same Wi-Fi network or bluetooth with AirDrop and import into GoodNotes app.
Turn on AirDrop:
- On iPhone or iPad: Open Control Center. Tap AirDrop, then choose whether to receive items from everyone or only from people in your Contacts app.
Select the document you want to send:
- On a Mac: If the document is open, choose Share > then choose AirDrop. You can also Control-click a document file on your computer, then choose Share > AirDrop > Select a recipient > choose GoodNotes from recipient to import it into GoodNotes library.
- On iPhone or iPad: Open the document, tap the More button, tap Share, then tap AirDrop > Select a recipient > Choose GoodNotes from recipient to import it into GoodNotes library.
6. Use iTunes
You can use iTunes to import your files to GoodNotes.
- Connect your iPhone/iPad to computer via USB cable
- Launch iTunes, locate to GoodNotes 5 Documents via iTunes File Sharing
- Drag your documents to GoodNotes Documents
- You'll see "Import to GoodNotes" dialog shows up on the next launch, choose "Import as New Document".