Companies, the people who use paper for documents the most, are starting to advocate for paperless systems because of environmental benefits to the ecosystem. Don’t be surprised when companies ask you if you’d like to have e-documents sent to your email.

Most often digital documents are in PDF which is short for Portable Document Format. Before the time of phones, the popular way of viewing these PDF files where through Adobe PDF Viewer. Now, PDF capable plugins are pre-set in browsers as a way to provide convenience to users.

Everyone spends more time on their phones as compared to a computer and this is why apps have been specially developed for the use of viewing PDF files on your handheld.

Here’re 7 best PDF editors for Android:

1. PDFelement


PDFelement’s compatibility goes beyond Android. It’s also Windows, Mac, and iOS compatible. You can use it to convert 100 pages in just a minute. The app is easy to use and it keeps the original layout. It has basic features such as add text and link images. You can also change text color, font, change alignments, and line spacing.

PDFelement lets you be in charge of your own page. You can insert, delete, crop, rotate, split, extract, replace, and reorder. As an added feature, you can add notes, markups, text boxes, stamps, highlights, attachments, shapes, and drawings.

It’s free to download and use with in-app purchase capabilities.

2. Adobe Fill & Sign

Adobe Fill & Sign

Adobe Fill and Sign will let you conveniently scan, fill and sign your own documents. The best thing about this app is you won’t need a scanner. Adobe Fill & Sign lets you scan your documents with your phone or tablet camera. No need to get to a computer, access the file and hit print.

The app makes signing and filling forms quite easier because it has a zoom in/zoom out feature. This can be used to radio in on form field or for ticking off small boxes. As an added bonus, you can even change the font of the document through the app.

This app is free to download via the Google Play Store.

3. Xodo PDF Reader & Editor

Xodo PDF Reader & Editor

Xodo PDF Reader & Editor is a great app to use. It’s an all in one all meaning you can read, annotate, sign, and share. The app has basic features such as opening PDF files and being able to fill in forms that were made in PDF versions.

One of the things you’ll like about this app is that it can sync with Google Drive, Dropbox, and Onedrive.

This app is free to download via the Google Play Store.

4. OfficeSuite


OfficeSuite was created especially for Android. OfficeSuite was actually intended to be an office solution app. It has word, spreadsheet, presentation, and PDF processing capabilities. This app gives you the option to create and edit documents that can be saved in popular Word, Excel, and PowerPoint formats.

The interface of the app is also color coded so if the header menu is blue, you’re working on a word document but if it’s red, you’re sure that you’re viewing a PDF.

The PDF file operations were actually added to the app as a late update. This means that the app is also capable of processing and scanning documents through the device’s camera.

The app also offers 15GB cloud storage for free. OfficeSuite will let you edit PDF text, headers, footers, headings and page numbering. Lastly, it has a ‘Fast Signature” tool which makes it easier for the user to sign documents.

5. Adobe Acrobat Reader

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Adobe Acrobat Reader is one of the most known names in PDF viewing. You may recognize this if you were using Windows XP and needed a PDF viewer program. Now, Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for phones and you can rely on its viewing, editing, and creating features.

The app lets you view PDF files, edit their available forms, and sign accordingly. You can also share them and sync with cloud sharing services.

This app is free to download via the Google Play Store.

6. Foxit Mobile PDF

Foxit Mobile PDF 

Foxit MobilePDF is a unique app. It allows you to view and edit PDF files as its core function, but it also lets you convert them into other formats. The app also allows you to protect the PDF by assigning certificates, passwords, and Microsoft Information Protection (MIP).

One of the things you’ll like about this is the easy maneuverability of the dashboard. The core features are in place so it’s easy to edit, annotate, or sign the document.

This app is available via the Google Play Store.

7. PDF Viewer Pro

PDF Viewer Pro 

PDF Viewer Pro lets you annotate PDF, fill forms, sign documents, and edit them. The app can sync with Google drive, Dropbox, or Onedrive so you can share with friends and collaborate with colleagues.

The app lets you easily add notes just by tapping on the button and on the screen. Other features include in-text search, smart zoom, and document scanning through the device camera.

One of the things you’ll like about this is that you can edit documents by moving, rotating, deleting, or adding new pages. There’s also a bookmark feature for documents with multiple pages that require your review.  The pro version has a way to merge documents instead of manually editing them.

The app is free to download via the Google Play Store and supports in-app purchases.

Bottom Line

There are many apps available for PDF viewing and processing. This just goes to show that one of the basic print mediums has gone digital and is here to stay. You can choose from a wide variety of apps for your PDF needs.

All you need to do is download them and try them for yourself. You’ll know you found the right one when you feel comfortable using it and it doesn’t feel like you need to learn and study the app.

Pro tip: It’s a good idea to have an all-in-one app because there’s a possibility that you’ll need the other services like editing, commenting, and sharing. This also works if you rarely work with documents because you can have that app be useful for other things such as word processing, or spreadsheet creation.

Also, stand-alone PDF viewing dedicated apps are better for older model phones which require less space and memory for processing.

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