10 best office apps for Android

by: Joe HindyJune 21, 2016
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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!

chrome remote desktop best office apps for androidChrome Remote Desktop

[Price: Free]
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.

Get it now on Google Play!

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Docs To Go icon best office apps for androidDocs to Go

[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.

Get it now on Google Play!

free office best office apps for androidFree Office

[Price: Free]
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.

Get it now on Google Play!

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google drive best office apps for androidGoogle Drive

[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.

Get it now on Google Play!

Microsoft Word best office apps for androidMicrosoft Office

[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.

Get it now on Google Play!

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OfficeSuite and PDF Editor best office apps for androidOfficeSuite and PDF Editor

[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.

Get it now on Google Play!

polaris office best office apps for androidPolaris Office

[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.

Get it now on Google Play!

quip best office apps for androidQuip

[Price: Free]
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.

Get it now on Google Play!

smart office 2 best office apps for androidSmart Office 2

[Price: Free]
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.

Get it now on Google Play!

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WPS Office best office apps for androidWPS Office and PDF

[Price: Free]
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.

Get it now on Google Play!

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  • Kingsoft Office is the best.

    • Lisandro O Oocks

      I’m surprised they’re not given a 9 or 8.5
      Would be more appropriate cause it works set it higher than the rest.

      • catechist1

        is it really free, or free for a year then charge if you want to keep. i guess do you still have it after 2 years and is it free. i installed and can’t get it to print, through system print not cloud. really annoying. i had polaris what a bunch of liars, i used to be able to print then they took away the link. so i got creative and sent it to email and opened the doc there and sent it to print. some how they must have found out and they had my printer directed to a company downtown where i could pick up my document with a password. this also prohibited me from printing anything without having to go to this printing hub. did you ever hear of something so rediculous as well as being insidious? as soon as i uninstalled polaris i could print again but not with any office app. any suggestions.

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  • jay

    polaris office?

    • Hihi

      I agree, Polaris Office is missing. I personally think it’s the best

      • Biavela

        I also agree Polaris is one of the best.

        • JosephHindy

          I would’ve included Polaris Office except it’s included as bloatware on some devices, which lowers its value significantly. It’s okay (not terrible or anything) but I had only so many to pick and I didn’t really want to add one that people are forced to have (like I didn’t include lookout on my top antivirus apps for the same reason).

          • nasri

            you are wrong, only polaris viewer is a bloatware but if you want a full feature of polaris office, you need to download it. For samsung, you can download it for free.

          • @nasri would you have a link for Polaris Office apk and would it work on a Nexus 4 running 4.4 in ART runtime?

      • Tebogo Tbzmike Dr-Insane

        That is true

  • Dude

    So glad I picked OfficeSuite Pro in the 10 billionth app download deal which had it sold for 10 cents! Can’t wait for Google Play to reach its next milestone!

  • dsyarn72

    CloudOn is by far the best!

  • Kitty

    Mobile office apps need much longer development cycle and hence the risik for independent developers is too high to afford.

  • Dario 753 a.C. .ex androidiani

    i’ve been using office suite for a long time, but when google realesed free quickoffice i installed quickoffice and removed office suite..
    and using quickoffice with my google account now it was upgraded to 25Gb

  • Jkc

    King office really nice and easy

  • jlschulz098

    Polaris office. Works on everything Ive tried and easy. Not to mention free with my note 10.1

  • APai

    quickoffice, polaris, kingsoft are all excellent free options

  • Bern

    In my experience SoftMaker Office (TextMaker etc) is the best full featured suite – but costs money

  • Brenden Keene

    Kingsoft Office was annoying to use and crashed on my Nexus 10 a bizillion times… til I finally had to cough up $15 for OfficeSuite Pro. OfficeSuite is worth the money if you are in the application a lot otherwise I would do Google’s QuickOffice for free.

  • Q.

    I primarily use Google Drive & Keep and KingSoft Office. They are all great but doing office work on a mobile device is nothing compared to doing office work on a PC.

  • It’s a bit weird that you can only use Quickoffice to edit Microsoft document formats and not Google Docs formats.

    • Mitch

      Google inherited Quickoffice when they bought Motorola. I have used Quickoffice for around 5 years on phones and tabs.

  • Tran Nguyen

    I hope that someone can tell me which office apps able to play pps, ppt or pptx with SOUND ON. I couldn’t find the right one.

  • Tamás Nehr

    Kingsoft Office’s screenshots is wrong. It is the same as Google Drive.

  • Albin

    People who need office software to interface with their jobs or their schoolwork should figure out what they need and whether they can get it for their phones, or not. “Or not” is still a real possibility. I have no idea how many folks actually use this stuff. I did temporarily install the new Google Quickoffice to get some extra Google Drive storage – I think the offer is still on. Otherwise, meh. I’d rather wait to do it on a laptop.

  • tonyp17

    Softmaker has by far the best functionality

  • What about Polaris Office ? That for me has anyways been the best because that was the app that most closely emulated the native MS formats.
    Creating and editing documents on a phone is still a long way out IMO. Probably an easier experience on a tablet as the form factor is better (bigger) but in most cases, I just want to look up a document on my Dropbox and I can’t if the formats are horrible.
    Polaris Office 3 used to work perfectly on my Nexus 4 running stock Android 4.3 but now that I updated to 4.4 both the Polaris Office 3 and 4 crash.
    What to do?

  • shabbar

    i want to get office that saves files in my device and no need of internet conectivity

    • Sai

      Hi, You can create Offline documents in Zoho Writer app and save it locally in your device in their proprietary format.

  • Stef

    Thank you for cutting your hair :) haha

  • Sai

    Zoho writer is also seemed to be good among document creating app recently enrolled in Google Playstore with rich text features. It also supports editing documents from cloud services like Dropbox,Google drive and Zoho docs.

  • Karl Wooldridge

    Kingsoft Office is the only one I’ve tried (I’ve also tried QuickOffice, SmartOffice, OliveOffice and Polaris Office) that is compatible with embedded references (using either the proprietary Endnote or the open source Zotero). While neither of these packages is available for Android – so you can’t actually insert new references – at least it doesn’t mess with the formatting/metadata of existing embedded references so the next time you edit your document in Word after saving using the Android package the references have been preserved. This cannot be said of the others. The commenting and change tracking is also compatible with the MS product.

  • Nick

    Among those in the list I’ve already tried all, except for Office Mobile and Smart Office. I really enjoy OfficeSuite 7 because it offers a very elegante interface, also very powerful office app.

    I really enjoy Google Drive, I use it a lot. But as an Office app it’s still far from good IMO, there’s very few customization options, and the editor is not that good.

    Kingsoft would be my third place, it’s one of the best free solutions out there, you get many things and it does what you need. But I like OfficeSuite 7 better and for second I’d take AdrOpen Office, which is a port of Open Office for PC to android, as a fellow fanfiction writer on Linux I use .odt file a lot, and this is the best option to use it on Android ^^.

    My top 3 list would be:
    1 – OfficeSuite 7
    2 – AndOppen Office (Missing in this list, however, I’m not sure if it was released when this was published)
    3 – Kingsoft Office

  • Brett Jones

    In terms of spreadsheets, I found Kingsoft best out of MS Office Mobile and Quickoffice.

    Bad – MS Office Mobile cannot rename sheets nor create new ones (on Android). In my opinion its biggest failing.
    Good – Kingsoft Office is free (but if you read the terms, Google start charging at “10 million hits” which seemed like very heavy usage).
    Good – Kingsoft can read from Android storage and various cloud services.
    Bad – MS Office Mobile only reads from SkyDrive directly, to open docs on Android storage you must navigate through a file manager.

  • Abu Saleh Muhammad Jubair

    Try WorkDaddy. Its the best office management Android application. Small and simple app but full of useful features. WorkDaddy is fully compatible with NFC/RFID smart cards. Can keep attendance can calculate working hour. Excellent event planner. Even can mail the attendance record to the user or the administrator. Its available on Google Play try it now.

  • Goldie

    Would like to create a pps presentations on my Android .Which app do you recomend?
    Prefer one that matches Microsoft

  • Will S.

    I use to love Kingsoft Office, but ever since it became WPS, I’ve moved entirely to Google Drive. The thing I liked most about Kingsoft is that its UI looked like a desktop office suite, compared to all other mobile office suites that had a mobile friendly UI, but now it has a striking resemblance to all other mobile suites…

  • MeanDroid

    Good article, but you forget to mention “Quickoffice”?!

  • filaos

    The picture linking to this article in the main page shows iPads running MS Office !
    WTF ??

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  • Gorge

    kingsoft Office(WPS Office) is the best office application. it deserve get maximum rating — http://www.apkwar.com

  • Orwell13

    I was searching long time for a good Android office suite and tried out several ones, until I finally found SoftMaker’s apps TextMaker Mobile, PlanMaker Mobile, and Presentations Mobile. IMHO these apps are the best, because all tools boast an easy-to-use interface, export to PDF, access to several file hosting services, and include by far the largest scope of features, comparable to my PC. Plus, very important: all kinds of documents created by MS Office import generally without a glitch.

  • ben1981

    There is no app like Android Office by Sibling, Android Office offers more features than any other app, works great on my phone and on my tab, I’m surprised that you didn’t cover this app too, all the apps that you mentioned here doesn’t get even close to what Android Office offers, check it !!!

  • yo

    Microsoft office it’s the most bad android software ever. It’s buggy, slow, and an ultra incompatible with other formats. 8 points it’s really an incomprehensible score. In most other websites it’s have a lower qualifications. Please edit and I believe in you. Thanks.

  • office bot

    how come thinkfree office didnt feature in here

  • Matt Rawson

    I do miss QuickOffice. It was really easy, simple, fast, and really got the job done with no hassle at all. Wish it would come back.

  • Goos

    Kingsoft (WPS) is the best Office app for Android.
    You can really edit all office documents without missing MS Office.

  • Laurence Wells

    One more con to Office Mobile–it only works on phones, not tablets! (Why?)

  • Ian

    I found Kingsoft’s formatting of pages created by MS Word was inadequate, and apostrophes were missing from documents.

  • Aris Poon

    I put up a block to compare Google Docs and Polaris Office (Word processing only). Please check it out: http://arispoon28.wix.com/androidappbattle#!Google-Docs-vs-Polaris-Office/cmbz/54e1e2c80cf23137e8708ab5

  • Christopher D. Corran

    I liked Polaris Office 5. It worked on both my tablets but when a system update came through for my ASUS T700, that killed Polaris Office 5.
    I downloaded and installed the new Polaris Office but it doesn’t save to the internal drive, just to Inbox. So I will HAVE to use one of my Cloud stores.
    Because of how I use my mobile office, I prefer the In-Tablet feature which still works in my old ASUS T300, so I’ll go with that this weekend.
    Reading through the reviews here, I suddenly see that Androids are not meant to carry a mountain of data – just shunt it to the Cloud and either share or print elsewhere. (like from my PC, for instance… times are changing) *sigh*

    • JosephHindy

      Yes, I noticed the same thing when I wrote the article. It’s very irritating because the “average user” only needs like 32GB of storage, so developers create apps based on the idea that internal storage is worthless and the cloud is the way to go.

      I hate it too.

  • An advantage of installing a suite like WPS Office is that it takes up less space then installing each Microsoft Office app individually.

    • JosephHindy

      That’s very true, but Microsoft’s apps tend to have a few extra features baked in and allowing each thing to have its own app also helps create a more streamlined experience. It’s really more of what feels right rather than an arbitrary “better” way of doing it :)

  • Abhijeet

    “asdfasdfasdfasdf” -> Is that intentional? (between MS office and Officesuite para)

    BTW a request Joe, as the original article is 3 years old, could you kindly add something like a ‘change’ or ‘update’ card to the article.

    I bought Officesuite Pro a while back and it is a really good option, but in my case I have an office365 subscription and to be honest all other office apps look positively crippled once you start using MS office (on android).
    For my work I receive password protected files (created in MS office) on daily basis and in this case the biggest disappointment was google drive/sheets which fails to open such files, whereas Officesuite and Libreoffice (on desktop) work just fine.

    • JosephHindy

      No, it wasn’t intentional. That’s a placeholder for a link to another app list, but our article editing software kind of crashed today :P so I haven’t been able to fix it yet.

  • Neel Patel

    kingsoft office is the best… try it

    • JosephHindy

      That’s what WPS Office is (Kingsoft changed the name).

  • primalxconvoy

    Although “Quickoffice Pro” became owned (and them destroyed) by Google, you can find the pre-Google version around the internet still these days. The Pro version, although with a few bugs, has served me well for years. I thoroughly recommend it as the GUI is brilliant, and the features very full, IMO.

  • Gary

    I am looking for a simple note taker text editor that I can use on my Motorola Moto G Android phone. It has to work off line all the time.I have been using Quick Office, with its interesting foibles, to create shopping lists and to take notes. I don;t even download them to any other device.