One of the most popular file formats that’s used worldwide is the Portable Document Format or PDF. You can easily open this file type with a Windows PC or a MAC computer. However, opening a PDF file or other popular e-book file formats using an Android device is different.
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While some Android devices can open PDF files without the need of installing certain apps, others can’t. If your Android phone is one of the latter, then continue reading to find out how to open a PDF file on Android devices.
How To Open PDF Files on Android
The latest phones usually come with a built-in PDF reader. If your phone can’t open a PDF file out of the box, using one of the apps mentioned below might do the trick.
Method 1: Adobe Reader
Adobe Reader is quite popular on Windows PCs and it is one of the best Android PDF apps available on the Google Play Store. Adobe reader is created by Abode, the creator of PDF file format itself. The Android PDF reader is easy to use and it lets you open PDF files on Android within seconds.
This app has various advanced features, such as brightness lock and night mode. It also supports search, scroll and zoom functions.
Adobe Reader also lets you fill forms that are in PDF format. One of the best features of this app is that it lets you sign PDF files with your finger. It enables you to affix your signature on letters and forms directly through your Android device. The app also lets you print PDF files through Google Cloud Print.
Download and install an Adobe Reader app on your Android smartphone or tablet. You can download it using the Google Play Store button below.
Make sure that the PDF file that you want to open is stored on your Android phone or tablet. If the file is on your PC, then connect your Android device to your PC using the appropriate USB cable and transfer the file to your phone or tablet.
Using File Manager
- Navigate to the folder where the PDF file is stored.
- Tap on the file.
- Adobe Reader will automatically open the PDF file on your phone.
Using Adobe Reader App
- Tap on the Menu button in the top left.
- Go to Documents.
- All your PDF files will be listed there.
- You can open your desired file by tapping on it.
Method 2: PDF Reader
Like the “Adobe Reader” app, the “PDF Reader” app is also one of the best Android PDF reader apps that you can download from Google Play Store. This Android PDF reader is easy to use and is customizable. It features Night mode and full-screen mode. PDF Reader also lets you translate text using online dictionaries.
Download and install the PDF Reader app on your Android smartphone or tablet. You can download the app through the Google Play Store button below.
There’s also an ad-free pro version of the app available. The pro version features search results filtering feature.
Make sure that the PDF file/s that you want to open is saved on your Android device.
Using File Manager
- Navigate to the folder where the PDF file/s is saved on your Android device.
- Tap on the file.
- PDF Reader will open up the PDF file.
Using PDF File App
You can also open the PDF file after launching the PDF Reader app manually.
- Under the SCAN tab, find the PDF file/s stored on your Android device.
- Tap on the PDF file that you want to open.
- You can also locate and open the file manually by going to the BROWSE tab and navigating to the folder where the PDF file is stored on your Android device.
Why can’t I open PDF files on my Android phone?
Sometimes, opening a PDF file on Android can be tricky. During those times, follow the simple steps below:
- Try a different PDF viewer. A simple search in Google Play Store with PDF word shows a lot of results including Google PDF viewer.
- If you still can’t open the file despite using different PDF readers, make sure that you can open the file on your computer. Otherwise, the file could be corrupted.
- If you’re sure that your file isn’t corrupted but still can’t open the PDF file on your Android device, use your desktop/laptop to open it instead.
Where are my PDF Files?
Finding and opening your downloaded file on your Android phone could be a headache sometimes. By default, files downloaded from your Android phone’s browser should be saved or stored on your Android’s download folder.
If the downloaded file that you’re looking for isn’t there, using a file manager app could help you find your downloaded files on your Android device.
My PDF File/s is on my PC, how do I transfer it on my Android phone?
The easiest way to transfer files from your computer to your Android phone is by connecting both devices using the appropriate USB cable.
The PDF File/s I need is stored on another Android phone, how do I transfer it on my Android phone?
The easiest way to transfer files from another Android phone is by using a Bluetooth connection. To do this, turn the Bluetooth of both Android devices ON and pair them. Once paired, you can tap-hold on the file you need and select share via Bluetooth. Select the device that you want to share the file to, in this case, your phone. Your Android phone should receive the files that were shared with it.
How to Open PDF Files on Android-Based Amazon Devices
If you happen to have a Fire tablet or any Amazon device that runs on an Android-based OS optimized by Amazon, you can download the appropriate apps from the Amazon app store or by clicking the links below.
Most of, if not all, the latest Android smartphones and tablets usually come with a built-in PDF reader. If for some reason you are unable to open any PDF file on Android, using any of the apps mentioned above should do the trick. Make sure that to follow all instructions properly and feel free to shoot us your questions in the comments area below.
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