15 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. PDF is an easily accessible file that works well for reading. 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.
Price: Free / $12.99-$14.99 per month
Adobe Acrobat Reader is the default choice for a lot of people. Most of the time it just works. That makes it one of the more popular PDF readers. 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. Those who subscribe get more features, including exporting PDF files to various other formats.
Price: Free / $0.99
AnDoc is one of the easier PDF reader apps. It can open and view PDF as well as DJVU files. That’s 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. You can pick it up for free. The pro version costs $0.99 and it should remove ads.
Price: Free / $4.99 per month / Additional in-app purchases
CamScanner is one of the most powerful PDF readers and creators. It can import PDFs. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. It can also scan physical documents into PDF files on your phone. It has a variety of features to help improve the scanning process which helps make some clean, crisp documents. You can annotate PDFs, share with anyone, or even fax it for a nominal fee. 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.
Price: Free / $10-$40 per month (three plans)
DocuSign is a PDF reader for business use. 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 free. There are also a few subscription plans. $10 per month gives you a few additional features. The $25 and $40 per month subscriptions simply build on that. Frankly, you don’t really need to worry about subscriptions unless you do stuff like this professionally.
EBookDroid is one of the old school, free PDF reader apps. It works well as an ebook reader too. The app supports PDF, XPS, DjVU, FictionBOok, AWZ3, EPUB, MOBI, and many other file formats. In terms of functionality, the app features support for 18:9 devices, individual PDF layout customization options, text selection, annotations, highlighting, and some other useful stuff as well. This one won’t work for productivity purposes. However, this is as good as it gets when it comes to free PDF readers for just reading stuff.
Price: Free / $0.99 / $3.99
ezPDF Reader bills itself as an all-in-one PDF reader. The app can fill out PDF documents, annotate, and there are some extra view features. 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. It’s rare to find a PDF Reader that works well for both business and recreational use. It also has a flat cost with no subscriptions. We liked that.
Price: Free / $2.99
Fast Scanner is another PDF scanner app. It isn’t 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 future use. 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.
Price: Free / $0.99
Foxit is a lot like ezPDF. Both boast all-in-one solutions for PDF use. It features an organization system to keep your PDF files in line. You’ll also get ConnectedPDF support, the ability to fill out PDFs, and support for PDF files with certificates, passwords, and Microsoft’s RMS. It’s a good all-around option when you factor in the reading features as well. It’s mostly for business use whereas ezPDF is more for pleasure reading. However, this is another exceptional PDF reader. They also have one specifically for business use. That one costs $15.99. This version only costs $0.99.
Price: Free / Varies (books cost money)
Google Play Books is Google’s answer to Amazon’s Kindle. You can buy a variety of books from the store and read them wherever. It can also read PDF files. There is no business use here. This is just for pleasure reading. You can also upload the PDF (and EPUB) files to the cloud to access across devices. The books become a part of your library like any other book. It’s a great way to consolidate a large collection behind a service that lets you buy more books. The app is free. You can purchase books on the service, obviously. It’s a good, low-key PDF reader.
Google PDF Viewer is another low-key PDF reader. It integrates into Google Drive much like Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. It’s a very simple PDF reader. There are a few features, though. You can search for words or phrases. You can also select text for copying and print the PDF if needed. It’ll hide the icon in your app drawer. However, it should be an option the next time you open a PDF file from anywhere. The app is completely free so it’s hard to complain about what it doesn’t do.
Librera is one of the more interesting PDF reader apps. It seems to change dramatically every time we update this list. These days, the app bills itself as an all-in-one ebook reader. It supports well over a dozen formats, including PDF, EPUB, EPUB3, MOBI, DJVU, ZIP, TXT, and others. It also features a modern design, a night and day mode for easier reading at night, and more. You can even listen to books using Text-To-Speech if you really want to. The app is a bit more buggy than most others on this list. However, it’s also completely free (with advertising). They also have another PDF reader in Google Play. It goes by the boring PDF Reader name. It also works pretty well.
Price: Free / $4.99 with in-app purchases
Moon+ Reader is one of the most popular ebook readers. It has a boat load of features. Some of them include theming support, tons of visual options, auto-scroll, intelligent paragraphs, dual page mode (for landscape), and more. It supports a bunch of formats. That includes EPUB, EPUB3, and, of course, PDF. It has the occasional rough edge. However, it’s among the best options for those who read books in PDF format.
Price: Free / $29.99+
OfficeSuite is one of the most popular office apps on mobile. It can do a lot of things. There is support for documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and even PDF files. That includes support for Microsoft Office documents. The PDF functionality is pretty much just business use. You can fill them out, sign them, and add/access security features. This is a good option for those who need a traditional office app that also comes with PDF support. The premium version is fairly expensive, though.
Price: Free / $29.99 per year
WPS Office (formerly Kingsoft Office) is another all-in-one office solution. It’s mostly an office app and deals with various documents, spreadsheets, and the like. However, it also comes with PDF features. 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. The subscription adds a few additional, useful features and removes ads. It’s not wholly necessary, though.
Xodo is probably the best completely free PDF reader. It boasts quick loading and smooth navigation. You can also fill out PDF forms, sign them, and save your signature for future use. It also has support for note taking, bookmarking, cloud storage, file management, and more. You can even take notes on blank PDFs if you really want to. It has a surprisingly good number of features considering it’s price. It’s free with no in-app purchases. There doesn’t appear to be advertising either.
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