5 Of The Best Apps For Creating And Editing Documents On Android

Think back to the last time you created, edited, or opened a digital document — was it a week ago, yesterday, or perhaps just 25 minutes back? That's likely a testament to how integral digital documents have become in our daily lives, especially at work. In fact, you probably don't go a day without using a word processor for one reason or another, maybe to fine-tune a document while you're queued up for coffee or on your way to your next lecture.

In such instances, you likely resort to your phone's pre-installed notes app to write down ideas and then transfer the file from Android to Mac or PC for further editing and formatting on your desktop word processor. However, you really don't need to go through the hassle as there's a host of document editor options available for your Android phone. For your convenience, we've curated a list of the top five Android apps for creating and editing documents.

Google Docs

When it comes to Android productivity apps, Google offers a solid range of tools, one of which is Google Docs. This app can cover most of your on-the-go document creation and editing needs. For one, it comes complete with standard text editing tools you'd expect from typical word processors: font style and size options, emphasis (e.g., italics, underline, strike-through), text color and highlight, and paragraph alignment and indent. You can also use it to throw in links, comments, images, tables, horizontal lines, and page numbers to your document.

Mirroring its web version, the Docs mobile app offers three modes: editing, viewing, and suggesting. Editing is for directly making changes to the document, viewing is for distraction-free reading, and suggesting is for proposing edits that your collaborators can then approve. Another handy feature of the Docs mobile app is that it allows you to add the file to your home screen, like a shortcut for easy access. The best part is that Docs syncs automatically with Google Drive, so you can readily switch editing between phone and computer. And if you need to edit the file in other word processors, you can download it as DOCX, PDF, TXT, and even EPUB.

One downside of Google Docs is its limited font style options and the lack of more premium web app features like translation, citations, and document comparison. The upside, though, is that Docs is free of charge — you won't need to shell out a penny just to create and edit documents on your phone.