How to Export PDF Annotations to a Separate PDF File on iPhone

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Highlights extracts highlighted text and other types of annotations from PDFs and lets you save them as a separate PDF file on your iPhone for free.

1. Open the PDF document in Highlights

Tap the PDF you want to open in the Highlights document browser:

The PDF opens full screen:

2. Tap on Notes in the top toolbar

This takes you to the notes view:

Your notes contain highlighted text and annotations that have been extracted using specific rules from the PDF.

3. Tap the share icon in top right corner:

This brings up the export menu:

4. Select Notes

This brings up the note format menu:

For free users of Highlights, PDF will be the only enabled option in the note format menu. Unlock Pro to get access to all options.

5. Select PDF

This brings up the share sheet.

6. Choose where you want to share or save it

If you want to change how Highlights export your annotations, you can change what is included and the appearance of your notes in the note format settings.

You can also create your own sorting order for annotations using color categories.