PDF reader apps have always been a pain in the neck. Generally speaking, there are two major use cases for PDF files. The first for business, where you can create forms in PDF format and have people fill them out. The second is for reading e-books. The PDF is an easily accessible file which works well for reading. Usually, PDF reader apps only cater to one of two of these use cases and in this list, we’ve compiled a selection of the best PDF reader apps on Android for both. You can also check out the best PDF reader apps on other platforms by clicking here!
A bit about PDF reader apps
There are two dominant types of PDF reader apps. The first is for business and professional use. These let you do things like open PDFs, fill it out if it’s a form, sign your name, annotate, and other similar features. They’re most useful for business professionals, students, or anyone who fills out forms and sends them back over email or otherwise online. Some typical examples of this include Adobe Acrobat Reader and DocuSign. Some apps, like CamScanner, add in things like document scanning and fax features for additional functionality and usability.
The other type of PDF readers are for recreational use. A lot of people format ebooks into PDF format. A proper PDF reader for books include features like support for chapters, a reading mode, various scrolling modes, and other similar features. Apps on this list like that include EBookDroid, Google Play Books, and Moon+ Reader. These apps almost always support other ebook types as well. This list has PDF reader apps for both types.
There is a third type as well. All-in-one style apps include PDF support along with other features. For instance, CamScanner and Fast Scanner are actually document scanner apps with PDF reader functionality built-in. These apps are great for killing two birds with one stone and are also excellent for people who don’t want a ton of apps, but want all of the functionality. We have a few apps like that as well on this list.
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