As PDF documents are becoming more widespread, we decided to create a guide where we bring you the best apps to read PDFs on your smartphone or tablet with Android and iOS operating systems (and Windows 10 Mobile ).

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Adobe Acrobat Reader

The first solution that we propose to read PDF files on your mobile device is Acrobat Reader. It is one of the most famous readers of Portable Document Format available on the square made by the famous Adobe company that offers other very famous software such as Illustrator and Photoshop.

Acrobat Reader can be downloaded completely free from the Google Play Store for Android, from the App Store for iOS and even from the Microsoft Store for Windows 10 Mobile.

The software allows you to view the pages with vertical scrolling through the Continue option, with horizontal scrolling with the Single page option, increase the size of the font through the Reading Mode or take advantage of the Night Mode to less strain the view when you are in places where there is little light. In addition, Adobe Acrobat Reader allows you to add notes and highlight texts using the speech bubble and pen icons.

Foxit PDF

Foxit PDF is undoubtedly one of the best apps to read PDFs on smartphones and tablets with iOSWindows 10 Mobile and Android operating systems. In addition to the classic features found on other apps of this type, Foxit PDF allows you to protect PDF files with certificates, sign PDFs with digital certificates, create blank PDFs and so on. However, to access these features you need to make some in-app purchases that have a starting price of 89 cents.

Xodo PDF

Another excellent software for reading documents in Portable Document Format is Xodo PDF. This application is also available for the above 3 OS and is undoubtedly positioned among the best free solutions available on the square.

Inside you can access some editing features certainly very useful as the ability to underline the text, draw freehand or highlight parts of the content. Do not miss the ability to synchronize documents with the main cloud storage services such as Dropbox and Google Drive.

Google PDF viewer

If you have a smartphone or tablet with Android, then we recommend using Google PDF Viewer. In some cases, this software is pre-installed, so you will not need to install it from the Google Play Store. As easily understood, the Big G app offers only the basic functionality: April PDF files, copy notes, print, search for text and so on.

For example, compared to the solutions listed a short while ago, it does not allow you to highlight the text or write the notes by hand. However, we have decided to include it in this guide of the best apps to read PDF because it is very easy to use and is aimed at all those users looking for something not too complex.


In case you were in possession of an iPhone or an iPad, however, we suggest using iBooks. It is a PDF reader (and eBook) developed by Apple that allows you to read documents in this format from the Internet, from a cloud storage service, from e-mails and so on.

To make the most of iBooks, simply browse to the PDF file you want to view, select it, tap the sharing icon in the upper right (the one with the square containing an arrow pointing up) and press the iBooks icon on the menu that appears. Once the document is open, you can send it by e-mail, print it, search for words in the text or apply a bookmark.

Best apps to read PDF: alternatives

On the market there are many other applications that can be used to read PDF documents from mobile. If the previously reported solutions did not satisfy you, then you can evaluate the ones below.


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