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Google Docs for iOS 1.2017.44204

Access and edit your Google Drive-hosted text documents offline

by Nick Peers

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: iPad, iPhone
Requirements:

iOS 7.0 or later.

Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 17 November 2017
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Downloads To Date: 202
Developer: Google
RSS News Feed: http://googledrive.blogspot.com/atom.xml
Twitter Feed: https://twitter.com/googledrive
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Google Docs for iOS
You can edit your documents offline with Google Docs.

Until now, iPad and iPhone users have been poorly served by official apps for accessing their Google Drive-stored documents. Unlike its Android counterpart, Google Drive has always been a read-only option for viewing documents stored in the cloud, but all that has now changed.

Google Docs, along with its companion apps Google Sheets (spreadsheets) and Google Slides (presentations), allows you to not just access files stored on your Google Drive account for viewing, sharing or printing, but also edit existing word processing documents and even create them from scratch.

It even boasts built-in collaboration, allowing you to work on a document at the same time as a friend or colleague, and works with Microsoft Word files as well as its own proprietary formats.

There are some limitations – you can edit and format the text for example, but you can’t do anything about any existing images, whether that’s resizing, cropping or even replacing them.

The app is also able to work offline with your documents too - to do this, you’ll need to open the document as normal, then tap the menu button before ticking "Keep on device" to download a copy. Once downloaded, your documents are accessed via the main menu under – wait for it – the "On device" section.

Google Docs is an intriguing prospect, and currently the simplest way to edit or create Google Drive-hosted text documents on your mobile. The inability to manage images is a minor irritant, but for making text edits or bashing out documents on the go, it's a good choice - particularly as it's free.

What's New in Version 1.2017.44204
* Streamlined link sharing flow
* Bug fixes and performance improvements

Verdict:

Despite the editing limitations, Google Docs is a decent standalone tool for editing your Google Drive documents on the go - support for Word is welcome as is the ability to edit offline.

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