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Create, edit, and collaborate online with Google Docs, part of Google Workspace.

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  • img Community
    Google Docs is one of my favorite ways to communicate non-verbally with friends and with my clients. They can see what I’m writing in real time and comment on it or add to it. I’ve written 1,000 words and more in Google Docs.
    img by David
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    This app is hands down one of my favorites. Not only does it let me collaborate with friends and clients on projects, but I’ve also used it for saving my 40,000 word manuscript so I didn’t have to worry about a computer crash. It’s a great productivity app.
    img by Paulo
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    Being able to work on the go is important, especially if you're a part of a team and have to deal with transcribing notes at short notice. Sharing them with others, across all platforms, shouldn't be a problem. You can easily sync everything in less than 10 seconds.
    img by Michaela
    1 year ago
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  • img Expert
    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

  • Jan 20, 2022

    By Darrell Kisner
    They're are upsides and downsides to using the Google Docs app, so I'll tell you my opinion and give you a few suggested changes for making it better! My #1 favorite features are as follows; create a Word document, choose the color of both the text and the page, change the font, start with a template! | This app needs; to show the color of both text and page(print view) always, templates that better suites the average, at-home user, custom template creation, add a border, edit PDF files!!!
  • 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.
  • Jan 18, 2022

    By Marissa Greene
    Great app before the update, now I can't copy and paste to another platform I write on without it double spacing so after I already spaced between paragraphs and sentences, I have to space it all again before I can publish. Now it wouldn't be a big deal but I don't write just a few paragraphs, I for the most part write at least 6k to 10k word chapters so it's a lot to have to go back and re space it all again. Please find out why it's doing that and possibly fix it. Other than that, it's great!
  • 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.
  • Jan 18, 2022

    By John B
    I've used this app regularly (not heavily) for several years now. At this time (Jan 2022) however I am unable to open my own docs on my Chromebook. I can open them on my Apple devices. I see others reporting a similar problem. Something's going on that needs attention.
  • Jan 20, 2022

    By Darrell Kisner
    They're are upsides and downsides to using the Google Docs app, so I'll tell you my opinion and give you a few suggested changes for making it better! My #1 favorite features are as follows; create a Word document, choose the color of both the text and the page, change the font, start with a template! | This app needs; to show the color of both text and page(print view) always, templates that better suites the average, at-home user, custom template creation, add a border, edit PDF files!!!
  • 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.
  • Jan 18, 2022

    By Marissa Greene
    Great app before the update, now I can't copy and paste to another platform I write on without it double spacing so after I already spaced between paragraphs and sentences, I have to space it all again before I can publish. Now it wouldn't be a big deal but I don't write just a few paragraphs, I for the most part write at least 6k to 10k word chapters so it's a lot to have to go back and re space it all again. Please find out why it's doing that and possibly fix it. Other than that, it's great!
  • 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.
  • Jan 18, 2022

    By John B
    I've used this app regularly (not heavily) for several years now. At this time (Jan 2022) however I am unable to open my own docs on my Chromebook. I can open them on my Apple devices. I see others reporting a similar problem. Something's going on that needs attention.
  • 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.
  • Jan 13, 2022

    By Misery Delta
    this app is super easy to use, and I like the way you can change the background and font colors to make it look pretty or have an “aesthetic”,and the sharing is super easy to use. my only nitpick would be the deleted documents still showing up whenever I refresh the page on the web version, even if they're not collaborated they just shouldn't be able to show up if I permanently deleted them on mobile.
  • Great Go To, Just Crash Problems Dec 11, 2021

    By shannon.t.k.g
    I’m a book writer and I’ve been using a combination of both Word, Docs and Pages for my books, yet Docs is my go to almost all the time since its more easily accessible for all devices I own. But recently, after getting my new iPad Mini (6th gen), whenever I try to multitask (aka open a new app to the side) it crashes on me, and I have to reopen it and scroll all the way down (important to note some of my books are 100+ pages long so imagine scrolling through that) just to get back to where I left off. It is an issue I am only now seeing on my new iPad Mini, not on my iPad Pro. I’m not so sure why that is, or if it’s just my iPad Mini or the Docs app itself. I hope this issue can be resolved soon wherever it may be coming from. Overall, good writing and work app compared to Pages and Word. (I love Pages as well, don’t think I’m choosing; they’re all pretty good work medias in general as long as they get the job done) Just for some of you, you might get times when it crashes. I’m not sure if its just me; I hope my review brings light on the situation and maybe it can be looked in on as to why this is happening to me and maybe some other users
  • 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.
  • Jan 17, 2022

    By Grant Mercer
    Having quick access to in-network docs from coworkers makes this app incredibly useful. Do a few edits to a document on my Chromebook, pick up where I left off on my work PC, and review it on my phone. Seamless integration.
  • Jan 18, 2022

    By Bobby LaRoe
    When I try to use Docs through my chrome browser, it is extremely difficult to use, constantly glitches, and doesn't allow me to edit. I did not want to download this app but am being forced to in order to access my own documents
  • Jan 17, 2022

    By Lemonylemonade_
    There this issue where Google docs says that your storage is full and it's making my blood boil I have 15GB storage and only 449MB of it is full, I've deleted every single Google doc I have ever made and opened now it won't let me make docs at all because "my storage is full" I've deleted the app and reinstalled it nothing changed I reset my phone nothing changed I reloaded the page multiple times nothing changed please fix this my school grades really depend on this
  • Jan 13, 2022

    By riffsix
    I have no idea what the problem is, but this app is absolutely garbage. I try and type a word, and it tries to automatically capitalize every single letter I type. I type somewhere, and it will forcibly make me type somewhere entirely different. I go to delete something, and suddenly half the paragraph vanished along with it. This app is so goddamn buggy that I can barely access my files, let alone edit them effectively.
  • Jan 16, 2022

    By ren m
    this app ran with no problem previously, now i cannot open some docs for no apparent reason. it keeps telling me there is a "bug" in the app but it worked perfectly fine beforehand. no idea how to fix this, it refuses to open.
  • Jan 6, 2022

    By Kimmy Grace
    As a writer, I use Google Docs constantly. It's simple to use and the interface works fine for what I need it to do. But for the past MANY months, I've had issues with shared documents crashing, claiming it can't sync changes and making me revert, suddenly not allowing me to edit the document anymore, and the whole app simply giving up on loading certain documents. I've uninstalled and reinstalled probably 10 times just to make it USABLE again. Please fix these crashing bugs, I'm going crazy.
  • Jan 1, 2022

    By Kendrick Jensen
    Okay look, I use this app all the time and it's been great. An easy way to edit documents away from the computer. It was the last update I believe that has been making my documents crash. I can't open most of the documents on my phone. Desktop doesn't have this issue and because I use my phone more, the app it makes it difficult to edit documents. Please please fix this. Idk what the deal is.
  • 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.
  • Jan 5, 2022

    By RobotMothPie
    Still very buggy. Keeps saying I don't have permission to view documents I created myself and claims I'm not connected to the internet (except I am). Still the same old issues everyone else has about deleting docs or bringing back intentionally deleted ones. And then not saving edits I make. Quite annoying, and I'm thinking of looking for another app to fit my needs more reliability.
  • Dec 27, 2021

    By Kevin McIntyre
    New Update makes editing a nightmare! All text is deleted randomly without any way to recover it short of discarding changes. How hard is it to add an 'undo' button? Grammar and spell-check tend to randomly highlight text, and cannot be turned off. Half the time they are wrong on the grammar anyway, but cause the curse to jump randomly through the text. If I could give negative stars I would.
  • Deletes data Nov 22, 2019

    By Andrewb16
    I use google docs to type up reports, nearly everyday. I type my notes on a variety of apple devices, and usually it works well enough. But occasionally it will pull up an old version of the document, sometimes a few weeks old, and it’ll delete all the previous weeks worth of notes I’ve written. Today I typed up my daily note on my ipad, all my notes were on there (I had used a MacBook Air earlier that week with no problem either). Afterwards I went onto an iPad mini to add to my note and it pulled up a version from over 2 weeks prior, showing none of my notes that I had recently written. I quickly pulled out my phone and checked the doc and it was the exact same on there, both completely sync’d up. I tried to check the history of the notes to see if I could see my deleted notes, but it didn’t have anything recent to show. The only was I was able to save my doc was by turning on airplane mode on my iPad and then opening the doc so that it wouldn’t update, and then turning the WiFi back on so it could make the others sync to it. This is extremely worrisome to use a service that is supposed to sync your notes across devices, but may actually delete all your data.
  • img Community
    Google Docs is one of my favorite ways to communicate non-verbally with friends and with my clients. They can see what I’m writing in real time and comment on it or add to it. I’ve written 1,000 words and more in Google Docs.
    img by David
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    This app is hands down one of my favorites. Not only does it let me collaborate with friends and clients on projects, but I’ve also used it for saving my 40,000 word manuscript so I didn’t have to worry about a computer crash. It’s a great productivity app.
    img by Paulo
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    Being able to work on the go is important, especially if you're a part of a team and have to deal with transcribing notes at short notice. Sharing them with others, across all platforms, shouldn't be a problem. You can easily sync everything in less than 10 seconds.
    img by Michaela
    1 year ago
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  • img Expert
    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.
  • Jan 13, 2022

    By Misery Delta
    this app is super easy to use, and I like the way you can change the background and font colors to make it look pretty or have an “aesthetic”,and the sharing is super easy to use. my only nitpick would be the deleted documents still showing up whenever I refresh the page on the web version, even if they're not collaborated they just shouldn't be able to show up if I permanently deleted them on mobile.
  • Great Go To, Just Crash Problems Dec 11, 2021

    By shannon.t.k.g
    I’m a book writer and I’ve been using a combination of both Word, Docs and Pages for my books, yet Docs is my go to almost all the time since its more easily accessible for all devices I own. But recently, after getting my new iPad Mini (6th gen), whenever I try to multitask (aka open a new app to the side) it crashes on me, and I have to reopen it and scroll all the way down (important to note some of my books are 100+ pages long so imagine scrolling through that) just to get back to where I left off. It is an issue I am only now seeing on my new iPad Mini, not on my iPad Pro. I’m not so sure why that is, or if it’s just my iPad Mini or the Docs app itself. I hope this issue can be resolved soon wherever it may be coming from. Overall, good writing and work app compared to Pages and Word. (I love Pages as well, don’t think I’m choosing; they’re all pretty good work medias in general as long as they get the job done) Just for some of you, you might get times when it crashes. I’m not sure if its just me; I hope my review brings light on the situation and maybe it can be looked in on as to why this is happening to me and maybe some other users
  • Jan 17, 2022

    By Grant Mercer
    Having quick access to in-network docs from coworkers makes this app incredibly useful. Do a few edits to a document on my Chromebook, pick up where I left off on my work PC, and review it on my phone. Seamless integration.
  • 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.
  • Jan 21, 2022

    By Norma Liz Avila
    Easy to use and guides you to create proficient documents, especially for college students. My niece writes her essays and I'm able to edit her grammatical errors for her to correct. I'm proud of her as she's gotten straight A's in her freshman college year! Way to go Google!!!
  • Jan 13, 2022

    By Austin Derryberry
    I'm a writer and Google docs is easy to format for ebooks from my phone. I love it, the share feature even allows you control of what people can do when you share documents.
  • Amazing! Just one(ish) thing.. Jan 6, 2022

    By OreoFromThyNeptun
    As a writer, google docs is my go to whenever I want to brew up a story, create a new character, or just write down little ideas for things. It’s amazing, works wonderfully and smoothly... on my laptop anyways. The only problem I have with it in my laptop is that if a document gets long enough it will have the tendency to lag and be extremely slow, but other than that it’s completely fine. On mobile however, it’s just a mess. It takes forever to load, documents take forever to load, it crashes, and overall it’s just incredibly slow. It’s useful and helpful to have on my phone to LOOK at stuff that I have on docs, but to actually attempt to write there? Yeahhh, I’ll stick to my computer thanks... there’s also the fact that in general it tends to say that certain normal words are wrong, but I could write in something totally made up and wacky and it’ll be completely fine...? So yeah. It’s wonderful otherwise, but honestly it’s best used on a computer only. I highly recommend either way.
  • Accessible anywhere May 20, 2020

    By Queen Dre 5115
    Before knowing about Goggle Docs I would use word, a coworker who was also in school showed me how to access it on my phone if I’m on the go, or just sitting at my desk. It was much more enjoyable and easy to use when needing to jump back on at any time. I have told others in my class about google docs, it just took a while for me to actually access all my emails that I can link to . It saved me time logging into a computer, when I’m already looking at my phone. It’s better than word. Also when having errors it allows you to see a correction or just add a comment on the side so you can either fix or re word later. I really like that I can pull it up on my phone and allow a friend to read from my laptop for a review on some thing I’ve missed while working and writing. The application saved me a lot of time. Thank you! I think if there were step for first timers also once you open a google account explain the many options you can do with the application!!!
  • Dec 25, 2021

    By Ray Heinrich
    Oh my gosh, what would I do without this wonderful app. It, in combination with the voice to text feature of Google keyboard, is a godsend when using my smartphone. And the ability to share docs with someone else say, my sister, so that we can comment back and forth and have lengthy conversations that don't depend on one or the other of us being there at the same time is wonderful. It's much less fragmented than email and it allows us to search the whole thing.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jan 18, 2022

    By John B
    I've used this app regularly (not heavily) for several years now. At this time (Jan 2022) however I am unable to open my own docs on my Chromebook. I can open them on my Apple devices. I see others reporting a similar problem. Something's going on that needs attention.
  • 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.
  • Folders, please! Apr 10, 2020

    By ilovecatvideos
    I am a young writer and I use Google Docs for school and writing. I have many documents that are currently organized by last modified. This means that I have stories that I wrote, stories that my friends are writing that I get to edit, and rubrics, lists, and assignments that my teachers created for distance learning all jumbled together. As you can imagine, there is no rhyme or reason to this mess and I can never find what I need. This is annoying to me. I am trying to get myself together and be more organized, but this is hard when there is no visible means of organization. I want to keep my books separate from my gajillions of distance learning assignments, and that’s not possible. This is a suggestion, not for the app, but for Google Docs in general. My teacher told me about Drive folders, but they were difficult to use and they did not separate my work from my schoolwork, as I had intended. I’m thinking maybe when you go into Docs, instead of seeing all your stuff, you see all your folders. Then you click on a folder and it shows you all the documents inside that folder. This would make using Google Docs so much easier. Please add folders; it would make life SO MUCH EASIER!!!
  • Love Google docs Feb 19, 2018

    By Keltonisayapperdog
    I absolutely love google docs, especially since I’m in college and it saves your work automatically when your up at 2:00am trying to finish an essay that is due that same day and you fall asleep. There probably is away to do this, but if not I wish there would be away to categorize documents into different folders for different projects or classes and or poor year. I think this would be very helpful for me since one day I would love to show my kids that hard work does pay off. The slide shows are excellent and great for presenting history projects to make them at least semi fun and very easy to use once you learn to switch over from PowerPoint... but the basic outline I personally feel is similar yet differently. The docs were it is like Microsoft Word is very identical just a few extra perks of not having to save, having all of your work in one place, and very easy usage. The only reason for a 4 star was the fact is that if it doesn’t have the filing system “ I would be surprised if it didn’t” again probably haven’t figured it out, but have been using this program since 2015 at-least so I think I would have found it, but things fly over everybody's head sometimes “am I right or am I right?”
  • Great for writing, but hard to insert equations Nov 29, 2018

    By EngineeringUndergrad
    Google’s Docs is fantastic! It is nice to have your document constantly backed up without hassle. I have grown to prefer using this app over Microsoft’s Word and Apple’s Pages. I use this app mostly on an iPad and keyboard. One thing that stand out for google docs over the other word processing apps is its ease to format using keyboard shortcuts. In iOS this is HUGE!!! The ability to use keyboard shortcuts drastically improves productivity when working in a touch based operating system! With that being said, I cannot do all my work on this app. I can type up most of my documents using this app, but I need to switch to a different device to do some finishing touches before publishing my documents. For example, it would be nice to change a documents margin’s while using this app. It also would be nice to insert equations using this app. As it stands, those features remain on the web based version of docs and not on the iOS version. That being said, google docs is my go to app for any word processing on an iOS device. It is clear the team at google have put a lot of work into developing this app, perhaps even more than its competitors.
  • Good for the most part Nov 16, 2017

    By asy4239
    Google docs is a fantastic website to use to get work done. It auto saves, allows collaboration, and has so many other features. The app, however, lags so much when typing that you can type a sentence or phrase and reasonably expect to wait another 10+ seconds before it finishes typing. And this is on a doc with only one person on it. Imagine the frustration when multiple people are on it! And if you think it’s done typing and go to fix an error earlier in the sentence, it will continue typing in the middle of the sentence (even though you finished typing several seconds prior). Another problem with it is the inability to copy and paste MLA citations in it. If I’m working on an essay and need to make a bibliography, I’ll copy the formatted citation from an online citation maker, paste it into google docs, then have to manually readjust the spacing to make it correct. While you can just paste it into Word and go, you can’t with google docs, which is frustrating, especially when you’ve got 15 sources to format manually. (This is a problem with the website on a computer, too.)
  • Dec 28, 2021

    By Francis Diehl
    I like the app. Except every time I copy from one file to another it changes the font from the one I like to one that looks goofy to me. At some point I was able to figure out how to change the font to something I like, so there must be a way to do it, but I can't find it. Where is it hidden? I may have to give up and use the goofy font, but if that's the case, I'll redo my rating to 1 star and comment that I was me being generous. Please include an easy to use menu that lets me change fonts.
  • Jan 11, 2022

    By _Sophia_ _Fleener_
    •I think this app is pretty nice, although I will say sometimes when i make it too long, it can lagg and send me out of that doc which frustrateds me so then I always have to uninstall it then install it again, and when I go to a different device and I log in my account it doesn't let me have access to that doc (it only lets me view it). but I love the fonts and colors, so overall from the negative stuff I like this app •
  • Jan 20, 2022

    By Darrell Kisner
    They're are upsides and downsides to using the Google Docs app, so I'll tell you my opinion and give you a few suggested changes for making it better! My #1 favorite features are as follows; create a Word document, choose the color of both the text and the page, change the font, start with a template! | This app needs; to show the color of both text and page(print view) always, templates that better suites the average, at-home user, custom template creation, add a border, edit PDF files!!!
  • Jan 18, 2022

    By Marissa Greene
    Great app before the update, now I can't copy and paste to another platform I write on without it double spacing so after I already spaced between paragraphs and sentences, I have to space it all again before I can publish. Now it wouldn't be a big deal but I don't write just a few paragraphs, I for the most part write at least 6k to 10k word chapters so it's a lot to have to go back and re space it all again. Please find out why it's doing that and possibly fix it. Other than that, it's great!
  • 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.
  • Jan 22, 2022

    By Isabella Cottone
    why can't I change the color of something in a numbered list?? I have to remove the list formatting, change the color, and reformat by putting the next number manually since sometimes it just starts over at 1 if I do it automatically.
  • 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
  • Jan 17, 2022

    By Lemonylemonade_
    There this issue where Google docs says that your storage is full and it's making my blood boil I have 15GB storage and only 449MB of it is full, I've deleted every single Google doc I have ever made and opened now it won't let me make docs at all because "my storage is full" I've deleted the app and reinstalled it nothing changed I reset my phone nothing changed I reloaded the page multiple times nothing changed please fix this my school grades really depend on this
  • Jan 13, 2022

    By riffsix
    I have no idea what the problem is, but this app is absolutely garbage. I try and type a word, and it tries to automatically capitalize every single letter I type. I type somewhere, and it will forcibly make me type somewhere entirely different. I go to delete something, and suddenly half the paragraph vanished along with it. This app is so goddamn buggy that I can barely access my files, let alone edit them effectively.
  • Jan 6, 2022

    By Kimmy Grace
    As a writer, I use Google Docs constantly. It's simple to use and the interface works fine for what I need it to do. But for the past MANY months, I've had issues with shared documents crashing, claiming it can't sync changes and making me revert, suddenly not allowing me to edit the document anymore, and the whole app simply giving up on loading certain documents. I've uninstalled and reinstalled probably 10 times just to make it USABLE again. Please fix these crashing bugs, I'm going crazy.
  • Jan 1, 2022

    By Kendrick Jensen
    Okay look, I use this app all the time and it's been great. An easy way to edit documents away from the computer. It was the last update I believe that has been making my documents crash. I can't open most of the documents on my phone. Desktop doesn't have this issue and because I use my phone more, the app it makes it difficult to edit documents. Please please fix this. Idk what the deal is.
  • 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.
  • Jan 18, 2022

    By Bobby LaRoe
    When I try to use Docs through my chrome browser, it is extremely difficult to use, constantly glitches, and doesn't allow me to edit. I did not want to download this app but am being forced to in order to access my own documents
  • Jan 16, 2022

    By ren m
    this app ran with no problem previously, now i cannot open some docs for no apparent reason. it keeps telling me there is a "bug" in the app but it worked perfectly fine beforehand. no idea how to fix this, it refuses to open.
  • Jan 5, 2022

    By RobotMothPie
    Still very buggy. Keeps saying I don't have permission to view documents I created myself and claims I'm not connected to the internet (except I am). Still the same old issues everyone else has about deleting docs or bringing back intentionally deleted ones. And then not saving edits I make. Quite annoying, and I'm thinking of looking for another app to fit my needs more reliability.
  • Dec 27, 2021

    By Kevin McIntyre
    New Update makes editing a nightmare! All text is deleted randomly without any way to recover it short of discarding changes. How hard is it to add an 'undo' button? Grammar and spell-check tend to randomly highlight text, and cannot be turned off. Half the time they are wrong on the grammar anyway, but cause the curse to jump randomly through the text. If I could give negative stars I would.
  • Deletes data Nov 22, 2019

    By Andrewb16
    I use google docs to type up reports, nearly everyday. I type my notes on a variety of apple devices, and usually it works well enough. But occasionally it will pull up an old version of the document, sometimes a few weeks old, and it’ll delete all the previous weeks worth of notes I’ve written. Today I typed up my daily note on my ipad, all my notes were on there (I had used a MacBook Air earlier that week with no problem either). Afterwards I went onto an iPad mini to add to my note and it pulled up a version from over 2 weeks prior, showing none of my notes that I had recently written. I quickly pulled out my phone and checked the doc and it was the exact same on there, both completely sync’d up. I tried to check the history of the notes to see if I could see my deleted notes, but it didn’t have anything recent to show. The only was I was able to save my doc was by turning on airplane mode on my iPad and then opening the doc so that it wouldn’t update, and then turning the WiFi back on so it could make the others sync to it. This is extremely worrisome to use a service that is supposed to sync your notes across devices, but may actually delete all your data.

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