5 best, free .pdf reader and editor apps for Android, iPhone and iPad, and Windows Phone

5 best, free .pdf reader and editor apps for Android, iPhone and iPad, and Windows Phone
Invented some 22 years ago by Adobe, the Portable Document Format (PDF) is one of the most common types of document files currently in use. Whether it's a smartphone manual, a leaflet from your local coffee shop, or an online issue of your favorite magazine, chances are that the file has a .pdf suffix at the end of its name. For whatever reason, however, the majority of smartphones currently in users' hands can't handle files with a pdf extensions without a proper, third-party app. Fortunately for all, there are plenty of those, and some are pretty good.

So, whether you just want to be able to read PDF files on your Android, iPhone, iPad, or Windows Phone device, or go deeper still and do some edits, a tool exists for the job. We went through a couple dozens of candidates, and shortlisted 10 of them. Some fall within the specialty category, meaning that they concern themselves with PDF files only, while others are entire suites that facilitate other similar file extensions as well. 

Let's take a look.



1. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Mantano Reader is still underated or nobody knows. If anybody has used it on a not-so-good tablet, its performance is second-to-none. Its features great too.

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

WPS Office + PDF is the best.

3. waddup121 unregistered

WPS Office man. I'd take that.

4. aleunge

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

FYI, foxit is also on Windows Phone. Not bad. Very fast.

5. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

WPS hands down! And it's mobile view reader is just awesome!

6. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

InNote is the best for annotation and it's available on all 3 platforms.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.