Windows Phone has been great when it comes to using Office documents. However when it comes to PDF’s there is another story. Most of the times when you open an attached PDF on your phone it is saved within the two PDF app readers(Adobe reader and PDF Reader) available and you can’t really do anything with it besides reading. The only way to share these PDF’s is by forwarding the original email it was attached to, but you didn’t want to forward the whole email.
Microsoft just released their own app “Files” to manage files on your Windows Phone internal and SD storage. You have to see it as the File explorer in Windows. Microsoft. Whit the app “Files” you can now share any file within the app as an attachment in your email. The easiest way to drop the files in these folders is by connecting your Windows Phone to your PC and and use “Copy and Paste” on your PC since you can see your Windows Phone as a drive.
But when you are on the road and you are getting a PDF as an attachment in an email you will find out that for now you can’t “Tap and Hold” the pdf file in your email and select “save” because it is grayed out.
Opening the PDF file only allows you to read it in the PDF reader apps and is stored in their internal storage which you can’t see in your “Files” app. Your only option at this point is to forward the whole email (since you can’t edit the body of the forwarded email) with the attachment to someone else. But if you really want to save this file in your accessible storage and then attach it as a file (not a link) I have found just the way for you.
Steps how to download PDF email attachments on your Windows Phone 8.1 and attach these PDF’s in new emails
Before you start make sure you download the following two apps in the Windows Phone Store:
–Files (developed by Microsoft)
–PDF Reader (developed by Microsoft) If you use Adobe Reader it can cost you some money to upload and share files.
Step 1: Open pdf file from email in “PDF reader”
Step 2: In “PDF reader” tap the screen and then the 3 dots and select “Share”
Step 3: Sign in to your Onedrive account to create a link and share it your own email.
Step 4: Open your email and click the link and select “Save”. This will download it your “downloads” folder on your phone or sd card.
Step 5: Open “Files” and find your document in the “Downloads” folder
Step 6: Tap and hold the file and select “Rename”. You just have to remove some numbers in front of the file to get the original file name back.
Step 7: Tap and Hold the file again and select “Move to” to move the file to your specific folder you want.
Step 8: To send this file as an attachment to some else you need to open the “Files” app and find the file first. Tap and Hold the file name and select “Share”. Select the email account you want and the PDF is an attachment in that email.
For now this will be the a cumbersome way to get your Pdf files from emails stored independently on your Windows Phone 8.1 and allow you to send them as file attachments in new emails.