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I used iBooks on the iPad to read pdf. Sometime I am looking forward to reading something offline (e.g. flight) just to realized that the local file is not there anymore. Is it some sort of iCloud sync gone wrong?

  • If you're using iCloud to sync the pdf's (and reading location/info), I don't think the document is actually downloaded to your device. I think it stays in iCloud so you can access it from all your devices. If this isn't what you want, you can try disabling iBooks in iCloud. – fsb Jan 2 at 19:37
  • that's annoying. i assumed it was a local copy of a cloud file (as dropbox or google cloud) – meto Jan 2 at 19:41
  • Dropbox and Google Cloud are backup solutions whereas iCloud is a syncing solution. iCloud's purpose is to keep things in sync across devices so it makes sense when you think of it that way. – fsb Jan 2 at 19:58
  • @fsb In the iPad all work the same way. The data is in the cloud - if you access a file on the iPad it is downloaded to cache. So if going off line attempt to read all the files whilst you have a connection - then offline you will be able tos ee them. – Mark Jan 2 at 22:15
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    I did a quick search and this type of issue has been out there since iOS 10. I'm not seeing any solution that would save these files locally on the iPad. – fsb Jan 4 at 13:17

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