How to add a PDF to your Instagram bio — 2 ways

Content Marketer and Writer
Updated 05 March, 2024
Julia Moore
Content Marketer and Writer
Sure thing, you have a lot of knowledge to give to your followers. A lot enough for a few PDF manuals or books. In this article, we explain how to add one or even several PDFs to your Instagram bio so that you can share everything you know.
Reading time — 11 minutes

There are 2 ways to share a PDF in your Instagram bio:

Look at the table below, compare the methods and choose the best one for you.

Way #1Way #2
The number of PDF files you can share1Any number
Ways to present a PDF fileText, which is limited to 150 characters in your bioUnlimited text, images, videos, etc
Restricted access to a PDF fileNoYes, send a PDF file to a user after they give their email
Ease — the time it takes1 minute5 minutes

Whichever way you choose to add a PDF file to your Instagram bio, you first need to get a link to the file. Below we explain how you can get it.

How to get a PDF link for your Instagram bio

You get a PDF link for your Instagram bio after you upload this PDF to a cloud storage and copy its link. You can choose any cloud storage. We use Google Drive as an example in the instructions below.

Upload a PDF to Google Drive in the app or on the Google Drive website:

  1. Tap the add icon.
  2. Select Upload.
  3. Choose a file.
highlighted button for adding a file in a Google Drive folder Highlighted Upload button in the Create new menu in Google DriveHighlighted file that was just uploaded to the Google Drive

Hooray, the file's been uploaded. You can copy its link now:

  1. Tap the three dots next to the PDF file.
  2. Tap Link sharing off.
Tapping the three dots near a file in the Google Drive app to open a list of actionsChoosing the Link sharing off option on the list of the file actions

The link has been copied, and the file is now available to everyone who has its link. So let's give the link to your Instagram audience. Add it to your bio for this. Use one of the ways below.

Way #1 to add a PDF to your Instagram bio

The first way to add a PDF to your Instagram bio is to add its link in the profile settings. This way takes less than a minute. But it limits you greatly: you can share only one PDF file link, and above that, you can't share YouTube, WhatsApp, or other social network and instant messenger links in your bio anymore.

This is an example of a PDF link in an Instagram bio added in the first way. It looks messy, but it works:

Highlighted link in an Instagram bio that leads to a file on Google Drive

And this is how you can add a PDF link to your Instagram bio in the settings:

01. Go to your profile page.

02. Tap Edit profile.

03. Select Add link.

Switching to the profile page tab in the Instagram appTapping the Edit profile button on the profile page in the Instagram appTapping the Add link option in the Instagram profile settings

04. Select Add external link.

05. Paste the link into the URL field.

06. Tap done.

Highlighted Add external link option in the Instagram profile settingsAdding a link in the Instagram profile settings

The PDF link now appears in your Instagram bio.

Way #2 to add PDFs to your Instagram bio

The second way to add a PDF to your Instagram bio is to use a link in bio page. The way takes a little more time but it gives a lot more opportunities. Sharing an unlimited number of PDF files is one of them.

Here's how it works: you add PDF links to your Instagram link in bio page. Then, you add this page to your Instagram bio.

Look at an example in the screenshots below. When a user taps the link in your bio (screenshot 1), they get to your link in bio page with all PDF links (screenshot 2).

Highlighted link in an Instagram bio that leads to a Taplink landing page with added PDFTaplink landing page with a PDF preview and links for downloading PDF files

Using a link in bio page as a way to add a PDF to your Instagram bio allows you to:

  • Sell PDF files. Upload your files, they will be available only to users who have paid.
  • Get more downloads of your PDF files. Show screenshots and describe the content of the files. This is how you can motivate users to download files.
  • Restrict access to your PDF files. Give out PDF files only to those users who have given their contact information. For example, ask them to specify their email, and send the file to it.
  • Share any number of files. Share photos, videos, music, PDF and other document links in any quantity.
  • Boost your business on Instagram. Add descriptions, photos and videos, prices of your products. Add a timer to emphasize the exclusivity of the offer. Add a Buy button. Users will see all this when they go to the page to download a PDF. They are already interested in your niche. A compelling product presentation is all they need to get determined to buy.

Let's move on to practice and see how to get all these opportunities.

Where to get your link in bio page

You can get your Instagram link in bio page from a link in bio tool. We use the Taplink tool and we recommend that you use it too. Read why we believe it is better than alternative link tree building tools.

Sign up on the tool's website.

Then, choose a page option. Choose Empty template if your priority is custom page design, or choose a ready-made template if your priority is to create a stylish page quickly. You can use the template of the page that we show in this article. 

We choose a ready-made template as an example. We are going to create an athlete's page. Instagram users will be able to download PDF guides and sign up for a training marathon on it.

Here's how to choose a page template:

  1. Go to the Lite website tab.
  2. Choose a template that you find suitable.
  3. Tap Choose.
Switching to the Lite website tab in the Taplink page template librarySelecting a page template in the Taplink libraryChoosing a template in the Taplink page preview mode

Now let's move on to PDF links.

How to add PDF links

So, you have a PDF link and you need to add it to your Instagram link in bio page. You can do this by editing a link block that is already on the page or by adding a new one.

Edit an existing link on the page

If the chosen template has a link that is perfectly designed for your PDF file, use it. You can specify your text and URL:

  1. Tap a link.
  2. Optionally, edit the link text.
  3. Paste a PDF link.
  4. Tap Save changes.
Tapping a button for downloading a PDF in the Taplink editorHighlighted PDF button settings, filed, and the Save changes button

Edit all other blocks on the page in the same way so that the page becomes relevant to your brand. We edited photos and texts. Now the page looks like this in the edit mode:

Edited page with a button for downloading a PDF and streaming platform links in the Taplink editor

Add new links to the page

You can add to your Instagram bio page as many PDF links as you want. Use the following blocks for this:

  • Link. A simple link like the one we edited in the previous part.
  • Image carousel. Images, each of them can have a description and a link. This is a great way to show and tell about PDFs.

You can also use the Form and payments block to send PDFs to Instagram users on their email or other contacts they give. Use add-ons to set up automatic mailing. On Taplink you have MailChimp, ActiveCampaign, SendinBlue, and many more add-on options.

There are over 20 different blocks on Taplink. Add text, photos, videos, and more to tell about your PDF files and persuade Instagram users to download them. You can see the full list of blocks below.

The first 12 blocks on the Taplink block listThe last 12 blocks on the Taplink block list

All blocks can be added to your page in the same way. Select a block and fill in its fields. Below we explain how to do this, we add Image carousel as an example:

01. Tap Add block.

02. Tap Image carousel.

03. Tap Upload image and select an image on your device.

Highlighted button for adding a new element to a page for sharing PDFs in the Taplink editorHighlighted Image carousel on the Taplink blocks listHighlighted field for uploading an image to a slide in the image carousel settings

04. Optionally, add text. Tap the Add description button to activate it. Fill in the Headline and Description fields that have appeared then.

05. Tap Add link.

06. Specify the text to be displayed on the link button.

07. Paste a PDF link in the Website field.

08. Optionally, add more slides. Tap + New slide. Fill in the fields for each slide in the same way. We didn't add another slide.

09. Tap Save changes.

Highlighted Add description button and the fields it adds in the image carousel settingsHighlighted Add link button and the fields it adds in the image carousel settingsHighlighted new slide and Save changes buttons in the image carousel settings

In the screenshot below, you can see how the carousel with a link and description looks on the page in the edit mode. In addition to the carousel, we also added three more PDFs using the Link blocks.

Page with a PDf preview and links for downloading PDF files in the Taplink editor

How to remove redundant elements

You can always delete a block if you don't need it. All blocks are removed in the same way:

  1. Tap a block.
  2. Tap Action.
  3. Select Delete.
  4. Tap Delete.
Tapping one of the buttons for PDF downloading on a page in the Taplink editorTapping Action in the PDF button settings
Choosing the Delete option on the list of actionsChoosing the option for button deletion confirmation

How to add your page to your Instagram bio

Here is the Instagram link in bio page with multiple PDF links that we've got. You can see the full page here. We are sure your page looks even better!

The top of an athlete's Taplink page for sharing PDF filesSection with a PDF preview and buttons for downloading PDF files on an athlete's Taplink pageSection with streaming platform links on an athlete's Taplink page

Let's share the page in the Instagram bio.

First, copy the page link:

  1. Continue by publishing the page.
  2. Complete the web address. For example, it can be your brand name or Instagram username.
  3. Tap Connect.
  4. Tap Copy link.
Highlighted Publish button in the Taplink editorSetting an URL to a Taplink pageCopying the set URL of a Taplink page

Add your page link to your Instagram bio in the way we described above. Use the page link instead of a PDF link.

Also, share the page link on Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and other social networks so that more users go to it and download your PDFs.

Want even more PDF downloads? Link to the page in your Instagram posts and Stories:

  • In the post captions, direct users to follow the link in your bio since you can't add clickable links in the captions.
  • In Instagram Stories, use the Link sticker to direct users to your link in bio page.
Instagram post about sneakers with a caption inviting to follow the link in bio and download a PDF guideInstagram story encouraging to follow the link in bio and download a PDF guide on choosing sneakers

Don't forget to share your page in posts on other social networks too.


If after reading the article you still have questions, then most likely you will find the answers in this section.

Can I post a PDF on Instagram?

Instagram does not allow you to upload PDF files. So if you want to post a PDF on Instagram, you can:

  • Convert a PDF file into a photo or video. Make a screenshot or screen recording of the file, or use apps, software, or online services like Adobe. Post the photos or videos you get as usual.
  • Post a PDF link in Instagram Stories using the Link sticker, or share the link in your bio using one of the ways from this article. Say about the link in your bio in the post captions, and encourage users to follow it to view the PDF file.
You can create collections. If you upload PDF photos and videos as Instagram posts, create Guides. If you post them as Stories, save them to Highlights.

How to post a PDF on Instagram Story?

Choose one of the following ways to post a PDF in Instagram Stories:

  • Use the Link sticker to post a PDF link uploaded to a cloud storage.
  • Post your Instagram bio page link using the same Link sticker. You can place any number of PDF files on this page. Share their links copied from the cloud storage or post them as photos or videos.
  • Convert PDFs into photos or videos and post them like regular Instagram Stories. Save these Stories to Highlights. Give a relevant name to each of the highlights. Then users will quickly find the PDF they need on your page.

Can you send a PDF in Instagram DM?

You can't attach a file to a message. However, you can still send a PDF file in Instagram DM:

The bottom line

If you need to add a PDF to your Instagram bio, you first need to upload this PDF to a cloud storage. Then you copy the PDF link. It must be added to your bio in one of the following ways:

Your bio is not the only place in your Instagram profile to share PDF files. You can also: