6 iOS Apps to Edit MS Office Documents (Word, Excel, and Powerpoint)

Updated article for iOS 7: Best Apps to Edit Microsoft Office Documents (Word, Excel, and Powerpoint) in iOS 7

Can my iPhone, iPad (Mini), and iPod Touch edit Word, Excel, and Powerpoint Documents?

edit microsoft word, excel, powerpoint, documents ipad (mini), iphone, ipod touchThis is one of the most common questions that comes up when someone gets a new iPhone, iPad (Mini) or iPod Touch. It is a great question and the answer is, “Yes.”

Since Microsoft has not released an official version of Microsoft Office for iOS devices, you will need to get a third party app. These apps do a great job handling Word, Excel, and Powerpoint documents. Many of the apps allow you to create new documents that can be edited on your computer at a later time if needed. In addition, some of the apps sync with Dropbox or other cloud based services in order to allow you to begin a document on your computer and edit or finish it on your iDevice. If you do a lot of editing of MS Office documents on the your iDevice, then picking up one of these apps is the way to go. The apps vary in price from Free and on up. The best free app that allows you to edit Office documents is called CloudOn. CloudOn has a ton of features and it looks similar to Word, Excel, and Powerpoint on your computer.

The Pages app is an excellent word processing app. It can open and edit Word documents although there are some conversion errors at times. Pages then allows you to seamlessly email out a copy of the finished document in Pages format, Word format, or PDF format. The downside with pages is that it only syncs with iCloud and does not have Dropbox integration.

The following is a collection of recommended apps for iPhone, iPad (Mini), and iPod Touch that can edit Microsoft Office Documents (Word, Excel, and Powerpoint):



To read a review of CloudOn and QuickOffice Pro, click here: How to Edit Microsoft Office Documents on your iPhone, iPad (Mini), and iPod Touch

  • johncentrpede

    It may not fit perfectly in this category, since you can’t make powerpoints with it, but you should check out Presentation Note. This app makes maybe the best conversions of ppts and pdfs on the iPad and provides extra presenting tools like timer, slide counter, whiteboard, speaker notes etc.

    • http://www.TeachMeiOS.com/ TeachMeiOS

      Thanks for the tip. I’ll check out the app.

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  • Xin Zhao

    One more is Documents for iOS.

    Has all the basic features and it’s free as well.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/documents-free-mobile-office/id306273816?mt=8&uo=4

  • Dadr

    My favourite is cloudOn. Even if Office was released for ipad, I prefer staying on cloudOn, which I found pretty reliable (and the price of Office subscription has nothing to do with it… just kidding). In fact, the thing is that I use an all-in-one app for productivity and project management called Beesy (one of the only app proposing all-in-on solutions for productivity http://www.beesapps.com/beesy-ipad-to-do/ ). It handles almost all the professional work flow, (note taking, meeting records, meeting minutes, calendar, to-dos list, project management, etc.) and support any type of attachment and can display many documents. However, even if I can comment on documents into the app, I can edit nor create docs and that’s why I’m riding with CloudOn and I have to say, for work it is a pretty reliable duo.