What are the best PDF reader apps for Android?

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    #1Librera Book Reader and PDF Reader

    Librera Book Reader and PDF Reader
    With Librera you can read books in all formats. It's a small but powerful tool, with a modern design and customizable. You can search for books and create your own library. 



    Ivan Ivanenko
    Written on October 29, 2017
    "For me it's the BEST Book Reader for Android. It's support most of the book formats, easy organize books like the Library, it's possible to change book background, to read book by voice, to auto scroll pages, to open words in dictionaries, etc..."
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    #2Adobe Acrobat Reader

    Adobe Acrobat Reader

    Adobe Acrobat Reader is the most popular tool to manage PDF files. You can read it, make notes, highlight text and add sticky notes. 


    Mac, Android, iOS, Windows

    $12.99- Varies by plan

    Nathan Baker
    Written on November 7, 2017
    "There's no doubt most folks consider Adobe Acrobat Reader the standard for pdf readers on PCs. Of course it's also the number one target for hackers. But even there we find competition. As for Android, Adobe is a little out of their depth, and yet they're still certainly one of the best in my view. I really don't need many bells and whistles on either platform, so a more minimal, less well known program may serve me just as well, and make me less of a target."
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    #3PDF Reader

    PDF Reader

    PDF reader is a useful reading tool that allows you to open and manage files in different formats, including PDF, DjVU, XPS, FictionBook (fb2 and fb2.zip) and comic book formats, as CBR and CBZ. You can search texts and put bookmarks.


    Android, Windows


    Paul Miller
    Written on October 30, 2017
    "I have issues with all the advertisements that run for the app. It does however support the formats that I like using the most. I use this to read a lot of my favorite comic books. Overall I like having this tool available and just wish the ads were not so bothersome at times."


PDF stands for Portable Document Format which is an electronic file format used to present and exchange documents. The PDF was first pioneered by Adobe and is now an open standard maintained by the International Organization for Standardization or ISO. PDFs can contain links and buttons, form fields, audio, video, and more.


Did you know that Adobe developed the PDF file format to make their office paperless? It was founder John Warnock's idea to develop a file format that any operating system can read. This internal project aimed to make file sharing easier for Adobe employees. Later on, the company introduced their innovation in San Jose, California in 1991 where they initially named called it as 'IPS' or 'Interchange PostScript.' The following year, they officially introduced the PDF format at the Comdex Fall. In 1993, Adobe released its own PDF file reader, Acrobat.

Now, there are numerous PDF reader apps available for different operating systems such as Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android. PDF is also one of the most used file formats for professional and recreational use. There are hundreds of websites where you can download free PDF books. Contracts, agreements, and other important business documents now come in this format as it is easier to access. You can even edit documents on-the-go using different PDF editor apps. With the accessibility and convenience the PDF file format offers, as well as the development of new technology, it wouldn't be long until Warnock's dream of a paperless office branches out to the whole world.   

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    #4WPS Office + PDF

    WPS Office + PDF

    WPS Office+PDF is the smallest size, all-in-one free office suite app focusing on helping you quick; easy to create, view and edit office documents and homework anytime and anywhere on smartphones and tablets.


    Android, iOS


    Anika Tambe
    Written on November 10, 2017
    "This came standard on my recently purchased phone. The function to work offline is nice, and there are some nice features - but there are also cons to consider. For instance, this isn't compatible with Open Office, which is what I mainly use on my PC. There are also ads, which of course, no one enjoys. Plus, after a recent update, it's been a bit laggy and my phone's security software has identified this as potential malware. Not worth it, in my opinion. Stick to Google Docs or the Microsoft Word app instead, both tried and tested."
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    #5Xodo PDF Reader & Editor

    Xodo PDF Reader & Editor

    Xodo is a PDF reader and editor in which you can read, write notes, sign and share files. It syncs with Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive.


    Android, iOS


    Juan King
    Written on October 23, 2017
    "Xodo is one of the most recommended PDF readers for android, for good reason. I love that it supports digital signing for when I need to fill out some paperwork on the go! Plenty of syncing options and sharing options, it works for me"
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    #6Kdan PDF Reader

    Kdan PDF Reader

    Kdan PDF Reader is a free app for mobile devices which allows you to read, manage and edit PDF files. You can easily scan and convert PDF documents, make annotations and back up and share files with your friends or coworkers.


    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Rakesh Jindal
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I needed to be able to make edits on PDFs and was shocked to find an app that does it for free (although there are ads). Works well and runs fast on my Pixel."
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    #7Foxit PDF Reader & Editor

    Foxit PDF Reader & Editor

    Foxit is a PDF is an easy-to-use PDF reader which allows you to view, take notes and protect files wherever you are. It features ConnectedPDF, a technology that powers document intelligence, security and collaboration services.


    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Sharon Vasquez
    Written on November 9, 2017
    "I hate receiving a PDF file and not being able to open it on my phone. Foxit PDF Reader & Editor solves this issue for me. I am able to view the document, takes notes on it, and protect the files that I need. The ConnectedPDF features is really convenient as well. I am going to continue using this for a long time to come. "


Best What are the best PDF reader apps for Android
1Librera Book Reader and PDF ReaderApps 12 Free
2Adobe Acrobat ReaderApps 9 Paid
3PDF ReaderApps 5 Free
4WPS Office + PDFApps 4 Free
5Xodo PDF Reader & EditorApps 4 Free
6Kdan PDF ReaderApps 4 Free
7Foxit PDF Reader & EditorApps 3 Free

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