The Android phone version of Microsoft Word is finally available in the Google Play Store. Previously users needed to download Microsoft Office Mobile, which featured Word, Excel and PowerPoint combined in one app. It was a good app, but I think this new, updated version is just a little better.
Instead of one Office app, you’ll have the choice to download Word, Excel and PowerPoint separately. All of these apps are free – though there are some features that you can only access if you have an Office 365 subscription.
You’ll be able to open, create and edit Word Documents with this app. Let’s take a look at how to get it. On you Android phone tap the icon for the Google Play Store. It should look like a little shopping bag.
When it opens, search for Microsoft Word.
Tap on Word and you can read about the app and watch a video. If you’d like to install it, just tap install.
You’ll need to have plenty of space on your phone. Word takes up 209 MB. I had to uninstall my previous installation of Office Mobile and move a couple of apps to my SD card to get it to fit. I’d only install this with my phone on a WiFi connection. It’s a large file and it takes a long time to download.
You’ll then have to sign in to or create a Microsoft account.
Word will then look for any OneDrive files that you’ve used recently in Word on your PC or other mobile devices.
You’ll also have the option to sync to a Dropbox cloud account if you have one.
Now Office should be ready to go.
Tomorrow in part 2 of this series, we’ll take a tour of your new Office App.