15 best PDF reader apps for Android

by: Joe HindyMay 25, 2016
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best PDF Reader apps for Android
PDF reader apps have always been a pain in the neck. Generally speaking, there are two major use cases for PDF files. The first is business use, where you can create forms in PDF format and have people fill them out. The second is for ebooks, which are just text formatted in such a way that it’s easily read. Usually, PDF reader apps only cater to one of two of these use cases and in this list, we’re going to check out the best PDF reader apps for Android for those who are looking for more of a business use.

adobe acrobat reader best PDF Reader apps for AndroidAdobe Reader

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Adobe Acrobat Reader is the default choice for a lot of people. It has that “it just works” feeling and many use it just as a default PDF reader on their devices so they can open those files when they’re downloaded. The app also includes other features, including the ability to annotate and take notes on PDFs, fill out forms and sign your signature, and it also comes with support for Dropbox and Adobe Document Cloud. If you go the in-app purchases route, you can also get additional features, including exporting PDF files to various other formats.

Get it now on Google Play!

best pdf readers for androidAnDoc DJVU and PDF Reader

[Price: Free / $0.99]
AnDoc’s claim to fame is how simple the app is. It can open and view PDF as well as DJVU files and that’s really about all it can do. This is an excellent app for anyone who needs something small and out of the way to read those occasional PDF files you download from the Internet. It could be useful as an ebook reader, but we recommend going with an app that specializes in viewing PDFs as ebooks. It’s a free download with the paid version costin $0.99 as an in-app purchase.

Get it now on Google Play!

andoc best PDF Reader apps for Android

best pdf readers for androidCamScanner – Phone PDF Creator

[Price: Free / $4.99 per month / $49.99 per year]
CamScanner has been a long time favorite productivity tool for a lot of people. It can import PDFs like most, but it can be used as a scanner to turn physical paper documents into PDFs. It has a variety of features to help improve the scanning process which helps make some clean, crisp documents. After the document has been made, you can add annotations, invite colleagues to view and comment on your scans, sync across platforms, and you can even send it as a fax (for a nominal fee) if you need to. You get additional features such as 10GB of cloud space, some editing features, and more if you go the paid route, which is $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year.

Get it now on Google Play!

DocuSign best PDF Reader apps for AndroidDocusign

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
DocuSign is a relatively newer app, but its designed specifically for business use when it comes to PDFs. The app’s primary function is to open documents, allow you to fill them out, sign them, and then send them where they need to go. That part of the app is entirely unlimited and free, which we liked a lot. It also comes with a few premium plans (subscriptions), including a Standard Plan, Real Estate Plan, and Personal Plan. Each one is tailored to a different kind of need so if you need something for your business, it’s worth checking those plans out.

Get it now on Google Play!

Ebook and PDF Reader best PDF Reader apps for AndroidEbook and PDF Reader

[Price: Free]
Ebook and PDF Reader is another up-and-coming app that seems to fit in well. It is more of an ebook reader than anything else, but it does come with enough PDF functionality to be considered one of the best. It would be used primarily for PDF viewing and has features that make viewing PDFs comfortable, easy, and quick. It also comes with a ton of ebook related features, including bookmarks, night mode, and support for other ebook formats. It’s based on the EbookDroid open source code and is entirely free.

Get it now on Google Play!

Ebook and PDF Reader best PDF Reader apps for Android

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best pdf readers for androidezPDF Reader – Multimedia PDF

[Price: Free / $0.99 / $3.99]
One of the biggest advantages to using ezPDF Reader is that it has features for both ebook use and business use. On the business side of the things, the app can be used to fill out PDF forms, annotate, and there are features to help you view each PDF how you want to. On the ebook and multimedia side, it comes with support for audio, video, and animated GIFs along with ePub support in case you have more than one type of ebook. If you’re looking for a simple, all-in-one solution, this may be what you’re looking for.

Get it now on Google Play!

Fast Scanner best PDF Reader apps for AndroidFast Scanner

[Price: Free / $2.99]
Fast Scanner is another scanner application that isn’t quite as heavy as CamScanner. This nifty, simple app will scan documents using your smartphone camera and then turn them into either JPEG or PDF files for easier distribution digitally. It comes with a variety of features to help sharpen and clean the scan as much as possible before finalizing anything. You can then use any PDF reader app to view it yourself. Most of the features, and all of the important ones, are available in the free version.

Get it now on Google Play!

Fast Scanner best PDF Reader apps for Android

Foxit best PDF Reader apps for AndroidFoxit MobilePDF – PDF Reader

[Price: Free / $0.99]
If ezPDF is mostly business related with a few ebook features, Foxit represents the other side of the spectrum. The majority of its features are ebook related, and includes navigation features for long PDF files, support for bookmarks, PDF management (sort by name, size, etc), cloud storage support, and more. There are a few business features, such as annotations, the ability to sign documents, and more. If you go the paid route, you’ll also get file protection features. They also have a business oriented reader for $4.99.

Get it now on Google Play!

Foxit best PDF Reader apps for Android

Google PDF Viewer best PDF Reader apps for AndroidGoogle PDF Viewer

[Price: Free]
Google PDF Viewer is Google’s offering for those who need to read PDF files. It’s one of the apps that integrates to Google Drive, much like Docs, Sheets, and Slides and will read PDFs in your Google Drive account as well. As a PDF reader, it’s very simple and only includes the most basic features, including search, text selection for copying, and print features. It hides its icon from the app drawer, but should open every time you try to open a PDF file on your device. It’s simple, but it’s also completely free.

Get it now on Google Play!

Google PDF Viewer best PDF Reader apps for Android

best pdf readers for androidMuPDF

[Price: Free]
MuPDF has had a tumultuous update history, but has been updated in the calendar year 2016. This PDF reader is more lightweight than most and focuses a lot more on being quick and accurate over being heavy with features. It supports PDF encryption, hyperlinks, annotations, search, and it boasts the ability to view PDFs in high quality. It also supports XPS and OpenXPS files if you deal with those regularly. It’s also one of the few PDF readers that is entirely free with no in-app purchases.

Get it now on Google Play!

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OfficeSuite and PDF Editor best PDF Reader apps for AndroidOfficeSuite and PDF Editor

[Price: Free]
OfficeSuite and PDF Editor is one of two office apps on this list that also have PDF capabilities. It has most of the usual office features, but also comes with the ability to convert virtually any document to PDF and convert any PDF into a document format. It also comes with a PDF scanner, the ability to add text, sign, and annotate PDFs. A lot of the added features, including conversion, do come from the premium version which is relatively expensive compared to most. In any case, it’s a powerful tool if you don’t mind forking out the money.

Get it now on Google Play!

pdf reader and viewer best PDF Reader apps for AndroidPDF Reader and Viewer

[Price: Free / $2.49]
PDF Reader and Viewer is a lesser-known reader but it’s effective and simple. It errs on the side of an ebook reader rather than a business application, but it does support features for both. For instance, you can use it in Musician Mode which auto-scrolls the page at a certain speed. It also comes with search, night mode, export to image, bookmarks, text selection, translation features, and more. You likely won’t need this if you need to fill out some forms, but it does well just reading PDF files. The only downside is the free version has some pretty obnoxious advertising.

Get it now on Google Play!

pd reader and viewer best PDF Reader apps for Android

best pdf readers for androidRadaee PDF Reader

[Price: Free]
Radaee is another lightweight PDF reader that is primarily used for viewing and reading PDFs. It sacrifices form in order to deliver function and it’s actually quite a quick little PDF reader. It features the very basics, including zooming, search, and text selection. It has multiple view layouts, and annotation support. It’s entirely free with no in-app purchases which a pretty decent little cherry on top.

Get it now on Google Play!

Radaee best PDF Reader apps for Android

WPS Office best PDF Reader apps for AndroidWPS Office + PDF

[Price: Free]
WPS Office used to be called Kingsoft Office, but it’s still the same old, totally free office app that many people have enjoyed over the years. It’s mostly an office app and deals with various documents, spreadsheets, and the like. However, it also comes with PDF features baked in that gives it a little extra. You can convert various documents to PDF and view PDF files natively. This is useful if you have a form or something that needs to be in a more official format. It’s not too heavy on PDF features, but if you need an office app and a PDF reader, this is a good way to kill two birds with one stone.

Get it now on Google Play!

xodo pdf best PDF Reader apps for AndroidXodo PDF Reader and Editor

[Price: Free]
Xodo PDF Reader and Editor has been around for a while, but took a bit of time before it was ready for the mainstream. It has support for PDFs along with various other types of documents, including Microsoft’s .docx. Along with that, it supports annotations, signatures, and fill out PDF forms. It’s entirely free to use which is nice and it’s one of the few PDF reader apps that uses Material Design which may be a plus for some people. It looks good and it works well.

Get it now on Google Play!

xodo pdf best PDF Reader apps for Android

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If we missed any of the best PDF readers for Android, tell us about them in the comments! This is an update of a formerly written article, so check the comments for some suggestions from our readers! To see our complete list of best app lists, click here.

  • Anonymousfella

    Quickoffice does the job for me.

    • aniketk

      Came here for this! One google product beats all. This article is useless imo.

    • Erick Dunleavy

      Here is another way for that, edit PDF text and images, markup PDF content with highlight, underline, strikethrough and more.


  • Jill Max

    Kingsoft office serves the purpose most of the times. Not had the need to install a standalone pdf reader so far

  • manish

    i guess none of the them have immersive mode :(

    • JosephHindy

      Android 4.4 Kit Kat is still only run on 5.5% of devices (as of April 2nd, 2014) so it’s kind of understandable that Kit Kat feature implementation hasn’t been a high priority for a lot of these niche style apps.

    • bjoernd

      ezpdf has.

  • just sharing.

    EBookDroid is a good reader, pdf rendering speed beats any that I have tried, although it doesn’t work on Adobe encrypted pdf files though, what a shame.

  • Eva Rinaldi

    Text reflow is the name of the feature I am angry that my tablet doesn’t have by default!
    Thank you, now I know what to look for!

  • Karim

    Great job on the segmentation of the PDF users in the article. I may be a little biased, but I would recommend our app, Xodo. It’s a free app on Google Play, and it’s getting great reviews.

  • rob

    Your review is missing http://xodo.com.
    I highly recommend this over other alternatives… it is also free (so no in-app purchases and other nonsense I saw in other apps on the list)

  • Bluehacks

    Moon Reader for android is missing- Must have App!

  • Gufto

    They forget Mantano, which is actually the BEST PDF & other format reader of all!

    • Po0yAn

      With all the great choices mentioned by the good editor I installed the one suggested by the users, one more time! thanks, Manatano is awesome!

    • Runciter

      except for the fact that you can’t fucking shut it down…

  • sohel

    I tried all of them….and i think the best is moon-reader pro…its text reflow mode is much better than those ezpdf(and other apps…).U should try it…get it from torrentz for the pro version(becz the pro version has support for pdf).

  • vamsi

    moon+ reader is my alltime favorite one

  • NoNoNo

    What about Pdf Max?

  • hung2900

    In term of performance, none of these apps above can match Mantano Reader. On my Nook HD+, it’s the only one perfectly smooth and quite fast.
    The free version of Mantano is pretty good in features, like bookmark, table of content,…

  • Catherine Andersz

    Will you update the article? Lots has changed :) Xodo (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.xodo.pdf.reader&hl=en) is currently the best rated free PDF reader/editor for Android.)

  • Thomas Young

    I found that the best PDF viewer for really heavyweight detailed PDFs (such as bus maps, and so on) was the default image viewer! You have to pre-render the PDF to an image first, though. ;) Walk through for how to do that here: http://upcoder.com/14/pdfs

  • reza shokohi

    hi there. i used your first suggestion. works fine. user friendly. light. Original.

    sorry to ask this here, but i have noticed a music at the beginning and the end of this video. i have heard it before in Survivorman videos (Les Strod) and i was searching for it for a loooong time! whats its name? Please! Please! Please!

  • Ivan Ivanenko

    PDFap reader is the best for me

  • Ivan Ivanenko

    PDFap: PDF Reader is very good for me

  • Modman

    yes you missed the unfortunately discontinued repligo reader. I can sign PDFs with my galaxy note with it. mantano eBook epub and PDF reader all in one.

    • JosephHindy

      Well if it is discontinued, I didn’t really miss it did i?

      • Modman

        Repligo reader is one of those discontinued underappreciated apps I’ll go out of my way to still sideload. Don’t know maybe another app makes it easy to sign pdf documents with out printing and scanning but I thought repligo reader did it best. The galaxy note 8 is also an underated under appreciated tablet abandoned by Samsung and stuck on KitKat. I still love my note 8 also.

        • JosephHindy

          I’m not saying it isn’t good, but it’s difficult on my end to recommend an app that isn’t in the Play Store, isn’t being updated with bug fixes, and will slowly fall into obscurity as the API level in Android goes up.

  • Murzyn

    PDF MAX?

  • Michael D.

    Sometimes I have to extract a few pages from a large pdf. Is there an application that can do this?

  • CamSanner for $4.99 a month??!! I can’t imagine anyone paying a monthly charge of any amount for such an app. Must be an April fool joke!

    • Melvin Frohike

      You need to learn to read. It’s free. Or you can get the pro version for $4.99. Or you can get a premium version designed to give you 10 gb of storage, etc. The free version has over 50 million downloads. The pro version (for $5 total) has over 500 thousand downloads. It’s likely the most popular scanner app on the market. The April fools is only on your lack of reading comprehension.

  • Modman

    OK but I still love it for now and side load it till it stops working. You still left out Bookari formally mantano reader premium. Ads are horrible on free. bookari reads epubs and PDFs.

  • Sai Sreekantt M

    wps office always works ri8 4 me

  • user777

    Amazon Kindle is probably the best PDF reader for a small tablet or phone display – it allows to read the page scrolling down (vertical scroll) in panorama mode and then opening the next page using horizontal scroll.
    OneDrive PDF viewer (similar to GoogleDrive PDF viewer) is a good choice too.

  • Maggie

    wow great article. That’s i need. But there’s too much info which make me confused. Are these apps only suitable for Android? If it can provide cross-platform system, i think it can be more useful. Like #PDFelement, it can support Windows, Mac and iOS. I also hope it can support Android.


    Google PDF Viewer – exactly what i needed!

  • AristoB

    Is there any reader with highlighting in reflow mode.