How to Read TXT Files on an Apple iPhone

By Adrian Grahams

Read a plain text file on your iPhone by emailing the document to the device.
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Although apps that can handle plain text files with the TXT file extension are available from the iTunes App Store, one of the easiest ways to read a text file on your iPhone is to email the document to the iPhone. The plain text file will show up as file attachment at the bottom of the email message. You can then tap the file to open it and read the contents in the standard Quick Look app, or print out the document if your iPhone connects to a wireless printer.

Step 1

Launch the email program on your computer and create a new message in the usual way. Ensure you address the email to an account that you can access from the iPhone.

Step 2

Attach the plain text document to the email and then send the email.

Step 3

Tap the "Mail" app icon on the iPhone's home screen.

Step 4

Touch the "All Inboxes" tab in the Inboxes section at the top of the Mailboxes screen. Alternatively, touch the inbox tab for the email account to which you sent the message with the plain text-file attachment.

Step 5

Tap the message to open it on the iPhone. The iPhone displays a paperclip icon next to the sender's name on email messages with attachments.

Step 6

Tap the file attachment button in the email message to open and read the plain text file. Alternatively, touch and hold the attachment to choose an installed app that can handle the file. Tap "Quick Look" to read the contents of the text file on the iPhone's screen.