The PDF format documents have become part of our daily lives. In one way or the other the students or a parent or a lecturer or teacher at one point will download a note from the internet. PDFs are the most portable formats of notes since their deletion and corruption is a bit hard.
For some, PDFs are useful for business documents and forms and thus require a PDF app that can edit and fill out forms. However, a lot of people like keeping their books in PDF format and thus require a PDF app that acts like an eBook reader. It’s quite frustrating figuring out which PDF apps work best with which but we have this list below to help you find the PDF reader that you need.
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Table of Contents for The Best Android PDF reader apps
The first ever PDF reader to come into light was Adobe Reader. When it comes to features, Adobe has pretty much all of the standard features you’d expect in a PDF reader and a whole bunch more. Most of the features are geared toward business use so we recommend you use it for that purpose. Adobe Reader allows for limited annotation and if you want to edit the PDF, you can convert it to other formats to edit it in other apps should you need to. This is one of the cons of Adobe Reader since it is hard editing your documents in the PDF format.
Foxit definitely strays to the reader side of things but does have a few features for business users as well. This includes the all important annotation feature and the ability to sign PDFs. It also has cloud support which is always good these days and focuses mostly on opening PDFs quickly and cleanly as well as smooth operating. It’s more polished than a lot of the options on this list and does offer at least the basic features required to make it onto this list. It is a little expensive at $9.99 so be sure to check out the free version first to make sure that’s an investment you want to make.
Kingsoft is technically an office app but it does contain a few features that specifically deal with PDFs. Namely, you can save documents in PDF format if you need to as well as open PDFs if you need to. From there you can print or read them as needed. It doesn’t have a lot of the features of others on this list but if you need something very basic then this could be your best option. It also contains a very highly rated and popular office suite so you could be killing two birds with one stone.
4. Quick Office
Google Drive is a free app designed by Google Inc. Quick Office ahs been developed as an app to provide users with a way of reading PDF files. Apart from PDFs it can open other files like spreadsheets and word documents.
OfficeSuite lets you easily view, edit, and create Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents, convert to/from PDF, and manage your files all with the most feature-rich mobile office solution available for Android smartphones and tablets.
There are various apps that are developed day in day out. Several apps have the ability of opening PDF format documents. To add to this list please let us know in the comments section.
SmartQ is also one of the most prominent android PDF reader apps. It rocks a 4.5 rating in the Play Store and includes pretty much all of the features you’ve come to expect from apps on this list to have. This includes annotation, adding text notes, and drawing. All of which can be used to fill out forms on PDFs. It also includes some unusual features like syncing with Kingsoft service. It’s totally free to download and use so if you’re interested, check it out!
CamScanner is a little bit different of an app. It can’t import PDFs from your storage but what you can do is use your phone camera as a scanner to scan documents into your phone as a PDF. This can be monumentally useful when you need to email a form that you filled out by hand. Once the document is scanned into the app, you can annotate as needed and send it to wherever it needs to go. Thus, once you get the file into CamScanner, it’s a fairly good PDF app. You can even use this app to fax things to people.
As the app name implies, PDF Reader is a reader of PDFs. It has one of the longer feature lists of any of the apps on this list and includes mostly features for reading PDFs rather than business uses. This is a great app to check out if all you need to is read things like books in PDF format. It includes a lot of features like brightness, auto-scroll, dictionary support, TTS support, and others geared specifically for reading. If you need something that lets you annotate PDFs or fill out forms then you’ll have to look elsewhere.
MuPDF is a very fast and reliable PDF viewer that supports not only PDFs, but XPS, Open XPS and CBZ files as well.
The interface is as simple as you could expect, but it gets the job done and because of that simplicity you won’t get your screen clogged with things you do not need to see while reading.
MuPDF has no problem handling encrypted PDF files; it also can show embedded notations and comments effortlessly. The text rendering is great and fas; if you have a screen with a high ppi, you will notice how good and detailed the text is.
Even though the app proved to be stable, there were some occasional hiccups while reading PDF files with many pages that contained big images or extense comments, nonetheless, those issues were not a common thing and did not play a major role in the app’s performance especially because most of the PDF readers had the same issues when loading big PDF files.
Because it is just a viewer, MuPDF does not have notation tools and such, but it has a keyword search along with a very solid text-reflow option. If you need to print a file, you will be happy to know that MuPDF is compatible with Google Print and it can fill interactive PDF forms, too.
Despite being really simple, MuPDF is a great viewer and the support for XPS and OXPS makes it better. We only wish the app had more constant updates because, although solid, it could use some improvements in the zoom and the text reflow functions.
While not a dedicated PDF reader, the Kindle app (Android, iOS) deserves mention as a widely used reader app that you can use to read PDF files on. While Kindle’s PDF features are fairly basic, Kindle’s cloud library does allow users to upload PDF files of up to 50MB in size into their Kindle library. These files can be synced across multiple devices, and you can view PDF files stored locally on the device. If all you need to do is read PDFs and you don’t need many extras–and you’re already a heavy Kindle reader–then this app will do the trick