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Google Docs

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Create and edit documents on the go.

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4.5
3.1M+ Ratings
  1. 5
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  • Jan 19, 2021

    By Gem Rides
    As with so many Google products, Docs worked well and integrated seemlessly with other products- until the inevitable glitch shows up. Usually the glitch is annoying, long-standing and leaves users scratching our heads for the absurdity of it. The fact that there's NO SIMPLE MARGIN TOOL in this app makes me want to throw up my hands, yet I just can't bear to move many years of work to another platform. And so we carry on.
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  • Better for Personal Use May 5, 2019

    By NoEyesJess
    I’ve been a longtime user of Google Docs—around three or four years—and it’s been great for storing important documents. I’ve also used it a lot for jotting down ideas, writing creative stories, and other personal uses. I feel that these are what the app is best for. I’ve tried to use it several times for academic essays, and the current format does not support certain basic functions, especially with indentation, adding page numbers in MLA or APA, and so on. The spell check for Google Docs is also flawed, and frequently marks everyday words as misspelled, and then other words not in the regular dictionary as perfectly correct. The syncing is also kind of finicky sometimes, and you can lose work or have to restart the app multiple times in one sitting, if you’re somewhere that there is no ideal connection. So if you’re a student or a professional, you are also going to want Microsoft Word, which has more features and is easier to use. However, the syncing generally works very well, and I love being able to back up all my documents. The aesthetic appearance of the documents are also very appealing, and most of the basic writing functions are easy to access. Keyboard shortcuts still work, and those shortcuts match to whichever model of computer you are using, so you don’t have to learn anything terribly new to use the app competently. It’s super easy to add other contributors, and to restrict privacy/use settings. All in all it has served me very ell.
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  • Jan 17, 2021

    By Stormstream 29
    I love this app. I do have a few issues that keep me from putting five stars. I have a doc that im working in for a book and it takes FOREVER to load all the pages, no type of format saves when I copy and paste into and from the app and it deletes my things sometimes. My book is over 330 pages and I don't want to start over if the app decides to bug out. Edit: Still have a problem with loading but it goes a but faster now. If there's anything that will help, maybe a way to load pages faster.
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  • Highly recommended, but definitely room for improvement Aug 6, 2018

    By Silvercove
    Google Docs is very, very useful as a whole, providing services that allow seamless collaboration and that solve many past horrors of word-processors (like the classic “I didn’t save my doc and now it’s gone foreverrrrr!!”). As great as it is on desktop, I personally found the transfer to mobile devices a little, well, less great. It’s obviously difficult to find an intuitive way to lay out all the functions of Docs on desktop onto a smaller screen, but it’s honestly such a huge hassle navigating comments and suggestions, even when I’m on my iPad. It’s also kind of annoying that I can’t zoom out more on a doc—basically, once the width of the page fills the screen, I can no longer zoom out. This doesn’t sound like a huge deal, but it makes for a lot of tedious scrolling when an already long document has relatively large text. Additionally, there are these small annoying glitches that occasionally occur. For example, when I was editing a doc, I kept trying to delete a space, but it would always delete the space and the letter behind it. I tried over and over again to no avail... sigh.... It also seems to me that Docs can get kind of slow? I’m on a new device, so the hardware should be working fine, but there’s a huge lag when I’m trying to type in the app. Other than these few problems, everything else has been working fine and going smoothly.
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  • Jan 3, 2021

    By Zifeara Nightshade
    Let me be clear: I love docs. Being able to collaborate on works and leaving comments in real time is brilliant. I wrote and published a novel with docs. It is garbage on phones or tablets. Once you get over/around 100 pages, it is laggy, glitchy, and you have to fight the document itself to work on it. Just got a brand new tablet and thought it just didn't work well on my old one. Nope, it's docs itself. Poorly optimized for anything but a real computer.
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  • Jan 17, 2021

    By Tarnished Knight
    Google Docs has become a pure nightmare! Before, it was next to impossible to get docs to save a file on my device. Had to save it to the cloud, then download it to my divice. I used to be able to do this with CX File Explorer. But now the files won't transfer. Downloading them via Google Drive results in a PDF file (that Docs won't open). Looks like I'm going to have to cut and paste all my files from the cloud to my device, then remove Docs, and find another cloud for storage.
    more
  • Jan 7, 2021

    By Alan Marron
    That awful floating menu is driving me mad. Every htime I try to do something it pops up although all it does is get in my way. Can you PLEASE HELP fasten it down somewhere? Use 6" nails or superglue if you have to, or but keep it out of my way. Can you also add Select in place of Comments, please which could go into a separate menu. I don't know what the new upgrade was intended to do, since the same old problems still persist. Instability is getting worse, and the app is practically unusable.
    more
  • Jan 9, 2021

    By GCOP 1000
    Attention Google, this really needs to be addressed. For some reason, when ever I try to stop downloading Google docs, it keeps redownloading itself. I am trying to recover my apps, but Google docs is constantly pending, so I can't. Again, even when I attempt to stop it from downloading, it somehow starts redownloading itself again, no matter what I try. Please fix this so I can recover my other apps.
    more
  • Jan 12, 2021

    By ParadymShift
    It seems that the text selection-freezing issue is still prevalent. Selecting text can take up to 10 min or more just because the app keeps on becoming frozen while selecting significant amounts of text. Edit: I just updated to the latest version and I think it freezes EVEN more! I can't hardly even select three paragraphs without the app freezing until I close it. SUPER frustrating. Galaxy S8+ with Android 9, never had this problem with any other app. None of the updates ever fix it.
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  • Jan 16, 2021

    By Arsen O
    I added some information in one of my Google docs file on mobile phone everyday. On Jan 13 I opened this file and discovered that the information (text) that was added last days (10-12 Jan 2021) had been lost. I can't find it despite I've had sync switched on. I tried opening the file in my Google Drive on PC but the result is the same. Also sometimes I fail to open my files in offline mode despite they are marked to be available offline
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  1. Take your documents on the go when you create new or edit exiting files that can be shared to collaborators
  2. No matter where you are you can access your documents offline
  3. Simple to use interface makes it easy to add and respond to comments, research topics with Explore, and turn into Word documents

Reviewed by Chris on November 15, 2018

  • I use this app a lot Aug 10, 2019

    By TopazSW
    I write original works and fan fics, and this app lets me work on them at any point. Just waking up and I have an idea, just hopping out of the shower, in the line at the store, lunch break, moments of clarity while gardening, you get the point. Since the first time I’ve used this app, to the many years later, I have stopped worrying about forgetting some idea I had before I get to my computer. Even if my phone is offline, I have been able to work on my stories. I think it really is my most used app on my phone. Also, because it auto saves, I HAVE NEVER HAD MY STORIES DISAPPEAR! Unlike other writing programs, that have lost me hours of work because of a blue screen, freezing, or other issues, I have never had the pain of opening a Google Doc and finding all my work gone. I do wish it had a better way to organize your files, as what it does have seems “meh.” But, at least, it has some form of organization. Lastly, I love that I can share the doc in various ways. This has been so helpful for me when I comes to sharing my stories. It lets those who are my beta reader comment and make suggestions, those who I wrote for have full access, and those who I want to let just read all have their own set of restrictions.
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  • Jan 6, 2021

    By M. Davis
    I love Google Docs. All of Google's productivity apps are clearly designed by people with brains for people with things to do. There's nothing fancy about Docs; it's just a simple, clean app with all the features you need and everything right where you'd expect it. I appreciate the Google Drive cloud integration too. Being able to access my work from any computer or phone in the world is kinda cool.
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  • Essential Tool!! A Must-Have Jul 9, 2019

    By Jenna Sturgeon
    Google Docs is a comprehensive cloud document service that let’s me share and create just about anything I could ever want or need. I’ve used it to polish up my resume, capture notes and ideas, record song lyrics, journal my dreams, create schedules, write stories, and more! The sharing features are fantastic; my sister and I co-authored a novel using Google Docs! We can edit and read each other’s work in real time, leave comments and suggestions, and use the chat to stay on the same page. Google Docs is THE essential writing tool for creative and practical uses — plus it has cloud storage that makes it seamless to work on your projects from any device! I’ll often be working on a story on my computer and move to my phone for edits, or pull it up to add an idea quickly while on-the-go. There’s also free templates to chose from that helped me format my resume and other official documents. I love Google Docs, and it definitely earned those 5 stars. I suggest it to anyone looking for a modern word processing application that is catered to usability and will exceed your expectations.
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  • Jan 1, 2021

    By Kathy Bylo
    I love Google documents! I use it everyday. It is my favorite place to store my anythings and everythings like my to do lists even my grocery lists. I even store my thoughts in documents just like you would do if it were a personal diary. It's great for copying and pasting things that I like or need to remember and links to websites ect. I could go on and on. I love Google documents! I have ZERO complaints.
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  • Dec 18, 2020

    By Aurielle Strelau
    This app is very helpful, it's perfect for whatever your hobby is. Whether it's righting novels, writing lyrics, writings scripts, or even just writing an essay for school! So many different fonts, formats, sizes of lettering, it has everything you need! You can save endless amounts of documents, and you can name them so you don't lose them. This app is perfect!!!!
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  • Better for Personal Use May 5, 2019

    By NoEyesJess
    I’ve been a longtime user of Google Docs—around three or four years—and it’s been great for storing important documents. I’ve also used it a lot for jotting down ideas, writing creative stories, and other personal uses. I feel that these are what the app is best for. I’ve tried to use it several times for academic essays, and the current format does not support certain basic functions, especially with indentation, adding page numbers in MLA or APA, and so on. The spell check for Google Docs is also flawed, and frequently marks everyday words as misspelled, and then other words not in the regular dictionary as perfectly correct. The syncing is also kind of finicky sometimes, and you can lose work or have to restart the app multiple times in one sitting, if you’re somewhere that there is no ideal connection. So if you’re a student or a professional, you are also going to want Microsoft Word, which has more features and is easier to use. However, the syncing generally works very well, and I love being able to back up all my documents. The aesthetic appearance of the documents are also very appealing, and most of the basic writing functions are easy to access. Keyboard shortcuts still work, and those shortcuts match to whichever model of computer you are using, so you don’t have to learn anything terribly new to use the app competently. It’s super easy to add other contributors, and to restrict privacy/use settings. All in all it has served me very ell.
    more
  • Jan 17, 2021

    By Stormstream 29
    I love this app. I do have a few issues that keep me from putting five stars. I have a doc that im working in for a book and it takes FOREVER to load all the pages, no type of format saves when I copy and paste into and from the app and it deletes my things sometimes. My book is over 330 pages and I don't want to start over if the app decides to bug out. Edit: Still have a problem with loading but it goes a but faster now. If there's anything that will help, maybe a way to load pages faster.
    more
  • Highly recommended, but definitely room for improvement Aug 6, 2018

    By Silvercove
    Google Docs is very, very useful as a whole, providing services that allow seamless collaboration and that solve many past horrors of word-processors (like the classic “I didn’t save my doc and now it’s gone foreverrrrr!!”). As great as it is on desktop, I personally found the transfer to mobile devices a little, well, less great. It’s obviously difficult to find an intuitive way to lay out all the functions of Docs on desktop onto a smaller screen, but it’s honestly such a huge hassle navigating comments and suggestions, even when I’m on my iPad. It’s also kind of annoying that I can’t zoom out more on a doc—basically, once the width of the page fills the screen, I can no longer zoom out. This doesn’t sound like a huge deal, but it makes for a lot of tedious scrolling when an already long document has relatively large text. Additionally, there are these small annoying glitches that occasionally occur. For example, when I was editing a doc, I kept trying to delete a space, but it would always delete the space and the letter behind it. I tried over and over again to no avail... sigh.... It also seems to me that Docs can get kind of slow? I’m on a new device, so the hardware should be working fine, but there’s a huge lag when I’m trying to type in the app. Other than these few problems, everything else has been working fine and going smoothly.
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  • Jan 8, 2021

    By Hanniel Sagoe
    It's been good so far. But after updating it I can't open it. An error occurred pops up anytime I try opening a document or try to add a new document. And before this problem, I made some of my documents available offline but I'd have to turn on my data before I can have access them. Kindly work on this for me cos I really like this app
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  • Great, except... Jun 18, 2018

    By ivd37950
    Like most people of Generation Z, the later years of my education (8th grade-present) have greatly benefited from using Google applications such as Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Google Docs’s amazing accessibility, collaboration tools, storage, and auto-save have always been what’s made it better than competing office tools. The app itself is great, and once you get the hand of using it on a hand held device, it makes working from almost anywhere possible. I’ve found myself using these Google applications for more than just essays and presentations now a days, as I begin to need work resumés and finance budgets. So really, Docs (and other Google applications) are great! Except, I’ve encountered an issue when using this Docs app. Now, this could be because of several reasons, however, I’ve found that after prolonged used, when typing, the keyboard begins to lag a bunch, making working on documents so frustrating. At first I thought that the keyboard could be lagging because my iPad might’ve over heated? But, the keyboard has lagged even when the iPad doesn’t feel warm. I’m not sure if internet connection might have something to do with it, but my Wifi is pretty strong, and I rarely encounter issues with it. That’s my only complaint, but other than that I really do love the app.
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  • Jan 19, 2021

    By Gem Rides
    As with so many Google products, Docs worked well and integrated seemlessly with other products- until the inevitable glitch shows up. Usually the glitch is annoying, long-standing and leaves users scratching our heads for the absurdity of it. The fact that there's NO SIMPLE MARGIN TOOL in this app makes me want to throw up my hands, yet I just can't bear to move many years of work to another platform. And so we carry on.
    more
  • Jan 3, 2021

    By Zifeara Nightshade
    Let me be clear: I love docs. Being able to collaborate on works and leaving comments in real time is brilliant. I wrote and published a novel with docs. It is garbage on phones or tablets. Once you get over/around 100 pages, it is laggy, glitchy, and you have to fight the document itself to work on it. Just got a brand new tablet and thought it just didn't work well on my old one. Nope, it's docs itself. Poorly optimized for anything but a real computer.
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  • Google did me wrong at the worst possible moment Nov 22, 2019

    By 日本語の二年生
    You know how we all rely on google for turning in class assignments? Well... IT DID ME WRONG AT THE WORST POSSIBLE MOMENT!!! I take AP World History and had something due today and couldn’t get on it until this weekend but this week it was updated for a big fix that has going on for weeks now that is still going on!!! The app crashes at random times whether it’s long or short periods of time, and this week it’s gotten worse to the point I can’t even see my cursor when I type on my phone anymore and whenever I try to exit out of the page to refresh, I suddenly see two icons of my own account that was recently on the doc and and still see the cursor I recently used on my doc. I was copying and pasting my work from one box onto another but suddenly no matter how many times I double tapped on my screen, I couldn’t paste, forcing me to restart my phone and try again and once I got back on my doc, I realized I never pasted my paragraph back on the doc and now my work is lost until I can get on a computer tomorrow and search my version history and revive my lost work!! Sad to say, google can’t be relied on for everything especially when it’s been having a problem that gone unnoticed and unsolved for over 2 months now.
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  • Meh. Oct 6, 2019

    By SwordInTheLight
    The only reason I use Google Docs over programs like Pages and Word is that my school system uses it and I have unlimited storage for Google Docs in my drive (which by the way is great). But the app is just sooooo s l o w. I don’t know if this is an issue with my iPad (which has plenty of performance issues itself) or with the app, but it’s nearly unusable for me. When I use my bluetooth keyboard with it the text is very laggy (or with the onscreen keyboard for that matter) and text editing is an iOS 12-style nightmare. You can’t drag your finger over text to select it like in iOS 13, you have to tap on the cursor, select “Select,” and then drag over all the text you want to select (which is very slow and laggy). I would really appreciate a couple of features, like viewing the same app in multiple spaces in iPadOS (because I find myself needing to look at multiple docs at once more and more these days) or at least some kind of similar system and a better Explore feature like on desktop. And as several other people have mentioned the text correction is nowhere near perfect. It always marks weird things as grammatically incorrect that are perfectly fine. Google please please please please listen and thanks for reading
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  • Google Docs is OK but painful on iPad Oct 30, 2017

    By Teliantes
    I think if I used an external keyboard it might be better, but formatting and getting spreadsheets to function like excel is really not an option. I find that trying to select text to cut and paste or copy or for formatting font size or color is very frustrating. You have to grab and roll your finger just right or you select too much. Also, when backspacing, use caution. I couldn't stop it from deleting far more than i wanted. Make sure you select what you want to delete instead of relying on bkspc to stop when you want it to. I am happy I found a way to do my budget on my iPad since my laptop is tedious to start up just to work on my finances, but i do wish it wasn't so painful to toggle into edit mode. Google should talk to more end users, and I am also not a fan of the company being that I have a 35 yr Career in Technology and I am FEMALE...so I am sure they will wake up and come into the 21st century soon with their treatment of women, and get more women managing projects and holding positions of power. Their tolerance for misogyny is incredibly sickening. I wish someone from a more progressive company would invent a better alternative since I don't trust or like Google.
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  • Jan 16, 2021

    By Arsen O
    I added some information in one of my Google docs file on mobile phone everyday. On Jan 13 I opened this file and discovered that the information (text) that was added last days (10-12 Jan 2021) had been lost. I can't find it despite I've had sync switched on. I tried opening the file in my Google Drive on PC but the result is the same. Also sometimes I fail to open my files in offline mode despite they are marked to be available offline
    more
  • For the “world’s most powerful search engine, you sure can’t build a user friendly document creator” Feb 4, 2020

    By Lizbitzfifty
    I love that google docs lets you share your document and work simultaneously with others. It’s very convenient in that regard. However if there were another option for that purpose, I’d probably switch over. There are so many things in google docs that make it way harder and more frustrating than it needs to be. You can’t put text over an image, it’s a million steps just to find where text boxes are located, you can’t paste something in from Microsoft Word without the formatting being destroyed, it’s hard to set a tab-stop that will stay there when you move on to a new line, there are cntrl shortcuts that work for other document creators but not for google docs, and it’s almost impossible to customize a document to look different or engaging if you’re trying to make a handout. I could go on. I’m in my early 20s so it’s not like I’m just tech-incompetent—google docs is just needlessly frustrating to use. It’s all made more frustrating by the fact that google is such a huge company; they have the resources to make docs better but for some reason they don’t.
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  • Jan 17, 2021

    By Tarnished Knight
    Google Docs has become a pure nightmare! Before, it was next to impossible to get docs to save a file on my device. Had to save it to the cloud, then download it to my divice. I used to be able to do this with CX File Explorer. But now the files won't transfer. Downloading them via Google Drive results in a PDF file (that Docs won't open). Looks like I'm going to have to cut and paste all my files from the cloud to my device, then remove Docs, and find another cloud for storage.
    more
  • Jan 7, 2021

    By Alan Marron
    That awful floating menu is driving me mad. Every htime I try to do something it pops up although all it does is get in my way. Can you PLEASE HELP fasten it down somewhere? Use 6" nails or superglue if you have to, or but keep it out of my way. Can you also add Select in place of Comments, please which could go into a separate menu. I don't know what the new upgrade was intended to do, since the same old problems still persist. Instability is getting worse, and the app is practically unusable.
    more
  • Jan 9, 2021

    By GCOP 1000
    Attention Google, this really needs to be addressed. For some reason, when ever I try to stop downloading Google docs, it keeps redownloading itself. I am trying to recover my apps, but Google docs is constantly pending, so I can't. Again, even when I attempt to stop it from downloading, it somehow starts redownloading itself again, no matter what I try. Please fix this so I can recover my other apps.
    more
  • Jan 12, 2021

    By ParadymShift
    It seems that the text selection-freezing issue is still prevalent. Selecting text can take up to 10 min or more just because the app keeps on becoming frozen while selecting significant amounts of text. Edit: I just updated to the latest version and I think it freezes EVEN more! I can't hardly even select three paragraphs without the app freezing until I close it. SUPER frustrating. Galaxy S8+ with Android 9, never had this problem with any other app. None of the updates ever fix it.
    more
  • Dec 29, 2020

    By Ronald Kreider
    I don't like the available offline symbol. I manually set each document to not be available offline, just to get rid of the symbol. This app does not give me the option to encrypt my data with my own personal password. Some Google employees are able to read my documents. I need an encryption option which is similar to the encryption option which Chrome offers for saved passwords. I want to use an encryption password which cannot be reset by Google.
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