The Best PDF Readers for Android

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In today’s world, a great deal of reading is done through electronic documents and books. Perhaps the most prominent document format is PDF(Portable Document Format). In fact, the chances are that if you have received an electronic document in the past few years, it was probably a PDF.

In addition, with many Android smartphone devices having large screens and with the prevalence of tablets running Android, it is only natural that a large amount of reading is done on these Android devices using the PDF format.

However, the software that is being used to carry out a task can really make or break the overall experience for the end user. For that reason, in this article we will be exploring some of the best free PDF readers available for Android in order to save our readers from the headache of having to use poorly performing software.

Ebook & PDF Reader

Ebook & PDF Reader is an attractive app which quickly and effectively renders text from PDF documents.


Users have the ability to define how the document being read is displayed with options such as displaying split pages where landscape pages can be split into 2 portrait pages.

Probably one of the more interesting features available is the ability to define tap gestures. These are quite specific actually. Users must select what region of the screen these gestures are valid for. First, a region from the grid displayed below must be selected.


Regardless of the region defined, the following gestures can be defined:

  • Single Tap
  • Double Tap
  • Two Finger Tap

The following actions can be defined to one of those 3 getsures:

  • Show options menu
  • Outline
  • Find text
  • Add bookmark

If your device is connected to an external keyboard the above actions can be assigned to a particular key or to any hardware or capacitive buttons your device may possess for that matter(outside of the power and volume buttons).

Foxit PDF Reader & Editor

Foxit PDF Reader & Editor has a beautiful interface and offers users the ability to create an account and sync their PDF files to Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox or Box.


The app also supports a proprietary PDF variation called ConnectedPDF. It allows for advanced cloud collaboration for teams working on mutual documents.

In addition, on tablets, users will be able to have several documents open in multiple tabs. The ability to annotate, stamp and sign documents is also provided.

Google PDF Viewer

Google PDF Viewer is a bare bones viewer which doesn’t have an actual icon but it works.


You can access Google PDF Viewer when opening a file after download or through your file manager where it will pop up under the options that appear when there are multiple options available for opening a file as seen below.



MuPDF is a lightweight viewer which gets the job done.


It is also capable of opening XPS, CBZ and EPUB formatted files.

OfficeSuite + PDF Editor

OfficeSuite + PDF Editor is a full featured office suite which includes a PDF viewer.


Users will have the ability to display their PDFs in various modes as outlined by the screenshot below. The available options are as follows:

  • Continuous
  • Single page
  • Two pages
  • Two pages with cover
  • Reflow


PDF Reader + Book Reader Lirbi

PDF Reader + Book Reader Lirbi is an awesome application which, in addition to PDF files, allows for the viewing of books/documents in EPUB, MOBI, DjVu, FB2, TXT, RTF, AZW, AZW3, HTML and CBZ formats.


What makes this application stand out is its 3 reading modes.


Firstly there is Advanced mode. In this mode, you scroll up and down with the pages organized in a consecutive order.

Next there is Lightweight mode. In this mode, pages are displayed horizontally like in a real book.

Finally, musicians will find Musician Mode quite intriguing. In this mode the pages automatically scroll so that when you are playing, you don’t have to worry about turning pages.

WPS Office + PDF

WPS Office + PDF is a full featured office suite which includes a PDF viewer.


The PDF viewer offers users the ability to annotate their PDFs which is always great for taking notes.

Xodo PDF Reader & Editor

Xodo PDF Reader & Editor is a great PDF viewer with many features aimed at giving users the best and most productive experience possible.


In addition to various viewing modes such as night mode which is convenient in low light situations, users have the option of annotating and editing their PDFs.

Fillable PDFs are also supported and the facility is provided for the signing of documents. Users’ signatures can be saved. You will also be pleased to know that PDFS can be created from images with Xodo as well.

Annotations can be synced to Google Drive and Dropbox as well. Finally, users can sign up for Xodo Connect and invite persons to collaborate on PDFs.

Adobe Acrobat Reader

This article probably would not have been complete without mention of Adobe Acrobat Reader. For many it is the default choice for PDF viewing since the name Adobe is almost synonymous with PDFs.


Adobe offers several viewing modes such as single page, reading mode and continuous scrolling. Users can also fill out forms and sign PDFs as well as annotate files.

One of the more notable features of Adobe Reader is the free access which is provided to the Adobe document cloud allowing for PDFs to be synced across devices. Many other apps require users to pay for such a service.

Final Thoughts

All of the apps highlighted above are effective PDF viewers. Depending on what you are looking for and need in a PDF viewer you may want to try certain apps. Ebook & PDF Reader and PDF Reader + Book Reader Lirbi are great for just reading. Foxit PDF Reader & Editor, Xodo PDF Reader & Editor and Adobe Acrobat Reader are great for those of us who like to make notes and annotate our PDFs.

Google PDF and MuPDF are bare bones viewers which allow for quick opening of PDF files. Finally if you are looking for a full office suite with the ability to open PDFs then you should definitely check out WPS Office + PDF or OfficeSuite + PDF Editor.

Thanks for reading guys and feel free to leave any comments or questions you have below.

Posted by William Elcock on September 19, 2016

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