How to read and modify a PDF file from your smartphone Android? -Tutorial [Exclusive Guide]

2:40 am February 21, 20177038

digital time and in a world where we use most its smartphone that my computer, the management of PDF files on my Android phone remains a problem for many people. How to open an email attachment in PDF format with its smartphoneHow to find the downloaded files, how modify them and sign them from your smartphone? That’s what we’ll see in this tutorial.

PDF files have become the norm when it comes to share a document, whether text, a scan, or else a slides presentation. If Google Chrome desktop is able to read, this is not the case of the mobile application from the browser. In addition, there are few manufacturers who think to install a reader of PDF based on their phones, even though they sometimes include a file browser.

find a PDF on my smartphone

Although it is possible to find its PDF files in the attachments in e-mails, it very quickly becomes a waste of time and efficiency, in addition to playing with our nerves. The simplest is to use a file manager, like the one proposed by Cheetah Mobile for example.

on the application home page, there’s a ‘Doc’ tab where all your PDF files are listed. If by chance they do not appear in the list, it is still possible to explore the internal memory of your smartphone by clicking on “device”. There is a good chance that your PDF is in the Downloads folder, otherwise the application offers to perform a search in the storage of your smartphone by clicking the magnifying glass at the top right of the screen.


reading a file PDF of a few pages

the PDF reader no is usually not installed by default on your phone, but the Google app Drive should normally be natively present. The latter for the advantage of integrating a minimalist but functional PDF files reader.

with the Google Drive PDF reader, you can read a PDF, search in the text of the file, and save the document in the cloud. Google also offers the Google PDF Viewer application, which for little interest compared to Google Drive since it does not provide the backup on the Drive. It is to wonder why the Mountain View company offers two similar applications.


player Google Drive left, Google PDF Viewer to the right

reading of a scan of several dozen pages

Although the first method works very well with larger PDFs, it maybe more comfortable to read with Adobe Acrobat Reader application. Indeed, this allows you to more easily follow its reading, add bookmarks, highlight text, take notes, etc.

a lot of its features require a subscription, but the most interesting are free. First, it is no longer necessary to go through a file manager, all your PDF documents appear in the ‘My documents’ tab on the sidebar.

when a file is opened, you navigate easily from one page to another through the slider on the right side of the screen. It is used in two different ways. Either by sliding up and down, either by hitting it to enter the desired page number. To not have to remember a page number, Adobe also proposed the addition of – called bookmarks – bookmarks in the bar at the bottom of the screen.


on a page, we can highlight, underline, and block of text in order to highlight the parts that interest us. It is also possible to add typed or handwritten notes for surround or annotate elements for example.


Finally, Adobe Acrobat Reader includes a scanning tool to scan your documents with the camera of the phone, as well as a tool for editing PDF files, useful to fill out and sign forms for example.

modify a PDF file

, is the subject of this last part: how to change a PDF file from your smartphone? It’s over time where, not to sign a PDF, and then send it back, we had to print it, sign it and scan it again. Solutions have now emerged as well on computer than on mobile.

the best solution to this problem is Adobe Fill & Sign, available alone, but which integrates with Adobe Acrobat Reader. Open your file with Reader and in the side menu select “Complete and sign”, this will open the PDF document in the editing application.

to get the text on the PDF, just type in where you want to write and write your text. It is possible to record personal information such as my name, my name, address, etc. through the icon shaped snowman at the top of the screen. This lets not rewrite this information to each form filling.


the next pen icon corresponds to the menu of signature and initials. You can save this information in order to place my signature anywhere on the document later. Finally, to check a box a simple tap on it allows to display a cross. Once your changes are complete, just you share the document via the share icon, located at the top of the screen.