10 best office apps for Android
Office apps have been a valuable center of productivity for many years. We use them for a variety of purposes, including drafting documents, creating spreadsheets and presentations, and keep track of what’s going on. No productivity suite is complete without them and virtually everybody uses them, even kids. The office suite atmosphere has changed very little the last few years, but the apps as a whole seem to have gotten better over time. Here are the best office apps for Android!
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There’s a chance that none of the office apps on this list work for you. If that’s the case, you may want to pick up something like Chrome Remote Desktop. This app allows you to remote into your computer and use your computer like you normally would, except on your phone. It probably works best with tablets and with things like a Bluetooth keyboard, but you can access your office apps on your PC from your Android device, potentially bypassing the need for an office suite at all. It’s completely free and worth a shot.
[Price: Free / up to $14.99]
Docs to Go is an older app that’s been around for quite some time, but it’s been updated to include more modern features. It has the basics, such as word processing, spreadsheet editing, and presentation editing and it does an excellent job of letting you do these things without too much of a setup. If you go for the paid version, you can open password-locked files, save to (and load from) cloud storage sites, and sync files with your desktop. It’s not great in every situation, but it’s a good start if you need something simple.
Free Office has been making a small splash as a go-to for anyone who needs free office apps. There are three apps in the suite, including TextMaker, PlanMaker, and Presentations which are just funny names for word processor, spreadsheet, and, well, presentations. Unlike most, the apps are completely free and have a decent set of features, including PDF support, TrueType and OpenType fonts, and support for (most) Microsoft file types. Anyone who needs a simple, free option should definitely try these apps out. Click the button below to check out the entire suite.
[Price: Free (additional fees for additional storage)]
Google Drive is a favorite among our readers and many others. It has a whole suite of office apps, including a PDF Viewer, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and, of course, Google Drive. Drive services as the hub where you can view your files as well as a cloud storage. Opening any document in your Google Drive will automatically open the appropriate app that can handle it. It’s all completely free unless you need to expand your Google Drive space. All the apps are also quite simple, which is great if you don’t need anything super complex.
[Price: Free / Optional $6.99 or $9.99 per month subscription]
Microsoft took its sweet time publishing its office apps to mobile, but they immediately became among the best when they were. You can download Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for free and most of their functionality is unlocked by default. You’ll be able to open and save files, use most of the editing tools, and, if you also use Microsoft OneDrive, sync these files between your PC and mobile devices. You can get an Office 365 subscription which will unlock some additional features, but for casual use, it’s not necessary.
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[Price: Free with in-app purchases / $14.99]
OfficeSuite and PDF Reader is a long time favorite for many people, although it’s not the tight, streamlined experience it once was. Currently, the developers seem to be transitioning the suite into something closer to Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive where you have some cloud storage and then office apps that work across platforms. Most of the basic features are available in the free version which is good news, and the paid version allows for PDF scanning, a font pack that’s compatible with Microsoft, a spell checker, and additional document support. It’s not amazing, but it’s good enough for some people.
[Price: Free / $3.99 per month / $5.99 per month]
Polaris Office is a lot like OfficeSuite in that they are office apps that seem to be getting bigger, but not necessarily better, ever year. It does have a ton of features, including the basics along with note taking, document searching, encrypted files, and support for various formats, including Microsoft files and PDF. The free version is serviceable and you can get $3.99 and $5.99 per month subscriptions that give you additional features like the ability to use it on more than three devices and it also gives you additional cloud storage. The subscription models aren’t great, but the free version is decent if you don’t need a lot of features.
Quip is one of only a few free office apps worth using. It has a small, but decent set of features, including the ability to collaborate on documents with other people. The app also comes with a built-in chat you can use to message other people on the project. Aside from that, you get a full-featured spreadsheet experience, cross-device syncing, offline support, and various exporting options for file types and cloud storage services. Quip hasn’t been around as long as other office apps, but it’s better than many of them.
Smart Office 2 is another free app worth trying. It used to be a paid app, but has since allowed their base app to be free. It comes with all of the basic features as you’d expect, including support for word processing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, including Microsoft Office file support up through 2013. You can also use it to view (or save as) PDF files, some image files, and WMF and EMF file types. The interface is clean and simple and it should provide an overall enjoyable experience.
WPS Office and PDF used to be known as Kingsoft Office and is the most popular free office suite out there. With it, you can view and convert PDFs, do the basic stuff (documents, spreadsheets, presentations), and it also comes with support for wireless printing, support for Microsoft file types, and support for 46 languages. The only potential caveat is that WPS Office is ad supported which may irk some people since there is no way to pay to get rid of them. Otherwise, it’s a solid overall free option.
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