Office Android apps have really been coming into their own over the last year. We’ve seen more integration with cloud storage, more features, more stability, and better performance. The landscape is growing and more people are using their mobile devices and tablets to do actual work. If you’re going to do work, you should do it with the best apps available right? Here are the best office Android apps.
Allows you to use your desktop/laptop office software instead of using software on your mobile device. This can result in more features and more storage since it'll be saving to your laptop.
It's cross platform!
It's easy to use on supported devices and it's free.
May be buggy, glitchy, or laggy depending on your device and your network speed.
Not ideal for offline use.
Say what? Yes, this is actually a pretty decent option for an office suite. Why, you might ask? The reason is because if you have a nice office suite on your computer, you can use Chrome Remote Desktop to access it and simply write from there. You have the storage of your computer and all the hardcore features that only a desktop office suite can offer. If you’re at home and you want to keep using your desktop version of Microsoft Word, you still can!
Huge list of features including phone/tablet support, MS Office files support, and more.
Cloud storage support.
Can also view PDFs so you can kill two birds with one stone if you're also looking for a PDF reader.
Word, spreadsheet, and presentation support.
This comes preloaded on a lot of devices and people hate bloatware.
Advertisements may bother some people.
Various bugs are reported on various devices.
Docs To Go was among the first to embrace the freemium purchase model and that means you can get this application for free and if you want more features, you can pay for them. It’s been around for a long time and it’s trusted by millions.
It's rock solid stable. There are still bugs but Google has done well to fix them or keep them only to certain devices.
Easy to use interface.
Support for MS Office files.
You can use it to store other stuff too like photos, various other files, and stuff other than documents.
You'll need a total of four applications to make this suite work. That's about two to three more than everyone else.
Syncing between the web and mobile interfaces can take longer than expected for some.
You have to use Google Drive storage. No Dropbox, OneDrive, etc support.
Google Drive has kind of morphed from a cloud storage app with office features to an office suite with cloud features. The change isn’t bad but you will need to download the other Google office apps, including Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides in order to actually create, edit, and otherwise tinker with various documents. It’s free and it’s popular plus you get 15GB of free cloud storage!
Large number of compatibile file types and support for 44 languages.
DLNA, Evernote, and cloud storage support.
MS Office compatible.
Totally free with no in app purchases.
There have been some issues reported with various languages.
Has had bugs reported of the app deleting documents that are being edited when the app crashes.
The venerable Kingsoft Office makes its return to the list as the original free office app. It’s still free which is great and it’s still a good app which is also great. This is the default option for a lot of people who want the office experience but don’t want to fork out any money. It’s solid, updated frequently, and well developed. A good option overall.
The office app that the other office apps want to be like.
Microsoft has been slow on updating the app and fixing bugs.
This isn't a big con, but you can only use OneDrive and you'll need a Microsoft account. Before you complain, keep in mind that Google Docs requires a Gmail account and you can only save to Google Drive.
Earlier this year, Microsoft Office went totally free on Android. Then they increased their OneDrive storage to 15GB free for all users. That means in terms of functionality and free storage, Microsoft Office on Android pretty much stands up to par against everyone. If you love MS Office, it’s on Android but you may have to wait a bit longer for tablet support. It’s in beta testing now and will reportedly be out later this year.
Has a lot of more unique features, like the ability to convert PDF to Word.
Large file compatibility including MS Office.
Cloud storage integration.
Some of the paid features include saving files to PDF format and locking files with a password.
PDF camera scanner is a nice touch.
If this is preloaded on your phone, you can't move it to an external SD card. Also, preloaded means bloatware.
Some of the features don't work for some people, such as the PDF-to-Word feature.
There are a lot of people who can't justify spending $15 on this app and opt to stay with the free version. Just something to take into consideration.
OfficeSuite 7 is the first office app on this list that will cost you quite a bit of money to get. In its defense it does have a number of unique features and it’s a fairly solid application. That said, many people are going to dislike that $15 price tag. Thankfully, there is a free version that you can try out to see if you like it.
Comes with free cloud storage and support for other cloud storage.
Desktop client means you have cross platform support. You also get more free storage if you do this.
Camera mode lets you scan documents.
MS Office file support.
Chromecast support to put your documents on TV.
Bloatware which means it's bloatware.
Storage is messy. Documents get duplicated fairly often or deleted entirely.
Still buggy and crashy sometimes for some people.
Polaris Office was one of the first office suites to be preloaded onto phones and that’s a tradition that continues to this day. It’s a solid option with the basic features if you stick with the free version. There are some unique features and it’s a solid option overall.
3D document viewing for all 9 people who would like that. Still cool though!
Cloud storage support.
Wireless printing support.
It's been a long time since the developer has updated this app.
That means the bugs and issues that people are having haven't been fixed yet.
Really light feature set for a $10 app.
Smart Office 2 is another somewhat expensive option but it’s still fairly solid. It’s a little bare in terms of features but there are some fun features for those who may need them. It’s not amazing but it’s not bad. It’s good.
If you’re wondering what happened to Quickoffice, it’s been announced that Google is retiring the app and putting all of their focus into Google Drive. If it’s not gone already it will be shortly. If there are any really good office apps that we missed, let us know in the comments below!
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