Convert Word to PDF on Android phone

Microsoft has delivered Office apps (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) for iOS and Android phones. They have soon be the most popular apps in Google Play and Apple App store. Unsurprisingly, Office apps for mobile are not as fully featured as its desktop sister version. But the most commonly-used features in the desktop version of the program have been brought over to the mobile version. For example, we can export Word document as PDF using Word on computer. By converting Word document to PDF, you can transfer and share your office documents easier and faster. You can also do the same thing with Word for iOS. See this guide to convert Word documents to PDF on iPhone. Today, we will share you how to convert Word to PDF on Android phone or tablet so you can quickly share your document as a PDF file for easy viewing, fast transfer and sharing. This solution works on all major Android phones and tablets, such as Samsung, LG, HTC, Lenovo, Nexus, Motorola, Sony, Huawei, ZTE, etc.

How to convert Word to PDF on Android phone?

Firstly you need to download Word for Android if not yet. You can get it from Google Play store here or other third party Android market. If you have already installed Word on the phone, make sure it is up to date, otherwise you may not find this Word to PDF conversion feature.

Run Word on Android phone or tablet. Open the document you like to convert in Word. Tap the More menu at the top right corner of the Word app. You will get a screen like below.

microsoft word for android app to save, print, share as pdf on mobile phone

Choose Print from above menu, you will then open a new Print screen as shown in below screenshot. Microsoft Word allows you to print out Word document using a wireless printer. In this demo, we are going to convert Word doc to PDF, so we tap on Select a printer to expand more options and select Save as PDF option and proceed to next step.

print, save word as pdf using microsoft word for android app on mobile phone

Once you selected Save as PDF, the Word app will give you the options to customize your PDF file, such as paper size, color, orientation, etc. After that tap on the Save as PDF round button, you need to wait for a while to allow Word to convert this Word file to a PDF using an online service from Microsoft.

Note that you will need to connect to the internet in order to allow Word app to convert Word to PDF online. After the file format conversion from Word doc to PDF, you will get the option to choose a folder on your Android phone to save the PDF file, and get the chance to give it a new name before save it to your mobile phone.

How to convert PDF to Word?

At the first half of this post, we demonstrated how you can export Word as PDF on Android phones. by converting Word to PDF, you gain the ability to share, open and view PDF documents on more devices, independent of software, hardware or operating system. However will lose the ability to edit the documents. Is there any way to convert PDF back to Word document format? Check out this easy solution to convert PDF to Word on computer and this one to convert PDF to Word on Mac. After that, you will be able to open and edit the document again using Office Word software on computer or Word app on Android or iOS devices.

Update June 2020: this article was originally published in April 2016 and has since been updated. the article was updated to reflect the changes of Word for Android version 16 which was released on Jun 14, 2020.

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