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How to combine PDF files

Today, we are going to show how you can combine PDF files by using our merge online tool. But before that, we’ll learn a bit about PDF.

So, without further ado, let’s jump in.

What is PDF

PDF (Portable Document Format) is a file format that was developed by the pioneer of documentation, Adobe, in 1992.

PDF is a versatile file format that’s independent of any operating system, software or hardware. Currently, it’s being maintained by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

A PDF file supports the following things:

-Business Logic

Generally, PDF files are used to store, present, share, and print documents. Some common applications of PDF file extension are notes, legal papers, official docs, books, slides, images, presentation papers, and more.

Unlike other doc formats, PDF file format lets you view it on any smart device. Also, without any change in original format, contents, and orientation - as-is the way it was meant to be viewed.

As PDF is meant to be a view-first file, you can’t use all the supportable-viewing programs to edit it. Only a few support both viewing and editing of a PDF file.

Combine PDF Pages Online Using PDFBear

We are done with the initials. Now, we are going to showcase the merge tool on PDFBear.

Before diving into the tutorial, let’s explore some of the top features of PDFBear’s merge tool.

Top Features of PDFBear Merge Tool

Safe & Secure

We don’t compromise on the safety and security of the files of our users. That’s why we use the high-end 256-bit AES encryption on our server. That means, once you have done the changes and downloaded your new file, we wipe down your files from our servers.

At PDFBear, we don’t use your files or your information to target you with ads nor do we sell your information. So, your presence and your files are 100% safe and secure at our free-to-use PDF hub.

Fully Online

Our PDF combiner is 100% online. Yes! You heard it right. You don’t need to download any additional software to use our tool.

You just need a modern-age web browser like Google Chrome with reliable internet to access and use the combine tool.

Supports All Devices & Operating Systems

The PDF combine tool is 100% online. We support all devices and operating systems.

Whether you are on a Windows PC or using macOS, you can access PDFBear using any modern web browser anywhere and anytime. Also, you can use any smartphone or tablet too.

PDFBear is here to serve you when you need us - regardless of your hardware or operating system, just like the true nature of PDF file extension.

Easy Combining

The feature of combining PDFs into one file isn’t available on the majority of PDF editing software.

Heck, even if it’s available, it’s designed in a way, which is too complicated for a layman. However, at PDFBear, we have made it accessible even for a bear.

Cloud-Based Processing

Do you know PDFBear services are cloud-based? Meaning, we won’t be using any capacity of your device to run the advanced PDF tools.

Whether you are merging your PDF files or converting them to excel, everything would be executed on our servers. The only thing your device would be doing is just uploading, commanding, and downloading.

How to Combine PDF files:

  1. Visit the official website of PDFBear at Then, scroll down once the page is done loading.Image

  2. Select Merge PDF.Image

  3. On the next page, click on the blue Select Files… button.Image

  4. Next, select the PDF files you want to merge and upload them.
    Note: Bulk-uploading is a paid feature so you’ll have to subscribe to PDFBear Pro. Don’t want to buy? Just upload one PDF file, read the Step 6 and skip to Step 15 of the tutorial to learn how you can manually upload more PDF files one-by-one to merge them.Image

  5. Wait for PDFBear to load your file/files.Image

  6. Now, you’ll see two options - Merge files and Merge pages.
    Note: Make sure to select the Merge files option if you are using the free version.Image

  7. Select an option and click on the blue CHOOSE OPTION button.Image

  8. Wait for PDFBear to load the previews of your PDF file pages.
    Note: As we have selected the Merge pages option, we see all the pages of PDF files separately.Image

  9. The Page mode (paid option) allows us to access and rearrange all the pages of the PDF files independently.
    Select the page you want to rearrange before merging all the PDFs.Image

  10. Then, move it to your desired position. We are moving the second page in the third place.Image

  11. Once it’s in your desired position, leave it.Image

  12. You’ll see it’s now available at your desired position.Image

  13. Now let’s discover the free File mode.Image

  14. Here, you can rearrange and combine the PDF files together. You can’t access their pages separately.Image

  15. For the free users, here’s how to upload the other PDF files you want to merge one-by-one.
    Click on the three-dot round button on the menu tray.Image

  16. Click on File.Image

  17. Select Open.Image

  18. Click My Device.Image

  19. Select Open From Device.Image

  20. Now, select the PDF file. Repeat the process until you have uploaded all your PDF files.
    We aren’t uploading more files as we have already bulk-uploaded the one that required merging.Image

  21. Long-press the PDF file and move it to your desired position.Image

  22. Drop the PDF file to your desired position.Image

  23. Once you have made the changes, click on the blue MERGE PDF button.Image

  24. Wait for PDFBear to convert and save the changes.Image

  25. Click on the blue Download button to save your new merged PDF file.Image

Final Words

Phew! That was a long one. We can bet that you won’t find a more detailed yet easy-to-follow walkthrough of a PDF combining tool of any other platform.

Although we used a paid account to lay out the instructions, we mentioned the secret way to upload more than one PDF file for the free users.

So, what are you waiting for? Try out the merge tool at PDFBear today and see how effortless it makes the PDF combining process.