Best PDF Reader Apps for Android, Both Free and Paid Apps

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Below is a list of the best free and paid PDF Reader apps for Android. It turns out finding a good Android PDF reader is harder than it sounds.

Running a search for “PDF Reader” or “PDF Viewer” in the Android Market turns up hundreds of results, and finding one that has all the features you’re looking for can take a lot of time and research, especially when the search results seem list anything with the word PDF in the title or description.

This list isn’t by any means all the PDF Reader apps for Android, just the best ones I’ve tried over the past year on various Android tablets, and even on the rooted Nook Touch ebook reader. Feel free to add your own PDF Reader app suggestions in the comments section below.

I’ve included links to the Android Market so that you can jump over and read the reviews and download them if you want, along with the Amazon Appstore when available. You can probably find most of them at other app stores like SlideMe and GetJar too, and websites that host apk files like Freeware Lovers.

Best Free Android PDF Apps

Adobe Reader – This app used to be really basic until Adobe updated it, and it’s now one of the best PDF apps for Android. For features it has search, text re-flow with variable font sizes, pinch zooming, on-screen markup, notes, highlights, a sharing feature for sending the file to email or another app like Google Docs or Dropbox, and more. Free at Android Market and Amazon.

EBookDroid – This is a nice basic PDF viewer that is a little smoother and quicker than some of the other free apps. It has pinch zooming, a zoom dial, go-to-page with location slider, table of contents, night mode, option for 2 page landscape, and a few other misc settings. Free at Android Market.

Aldiko Book ReaderAldiko is more of an ePub reading app, but they added support for PDF files awhile back and it does a serviceable job displaying PDFs. It doesn’t have any advanced features like it does with ebooks, just search, table of contents, pinch-zooming, and go to page. It has on-screen functions for copying, sharing, and looking up words in the dictionary, but with PDFs this feature tends to have a hard time detecting the beginning and ending of a word properly. Free at Android Market and Amazon.

Bluefire Reader – Like Aldiko, Bluefire is more of an ePub reader but serves as a decent PDF viewer as well. For features it has table of contents, a page slider, night mode, pinch zooming, and different page turn settings. Sometimes you can bring up the on-screen functions for copying text and adding bookmarks, which double as highlights and text notes, but this doesn’t always seem to work with PDFs. You can still add bookmarks and notes to individual pages, though, so that makes it the best option as a free app for notes and bookmarks. Free at Android Market.

APV PDF Viewer – A decent free PDF viewing app with on-screen zooming icons and different zoom settings, go-to-page, you can change to various text and background colors, search, and some other advanced settings. Free at Android Market.

Best Paid PDF Readers for Android

ezPDF Reader – Whether it be a tablet or a hacked Nook Touch, ezPDF is my PDF Reader app of choice, and it’s the most popular paid PDF app for Android. It has a ton of features, including text re-flow, fit text to column, pinch zooming, text-to-speech, play embedded video and audio, active hyperlinks, thumbnail view, bookmarks, add notes, highlights, on-screen annotations, and plenty more. Costs $1.99 at Android Market and Amazon.

RepliGo Reader – I haven’t used this app personally but have heard good things about it. Plus it seems to be the most popular and well-rated paid PDF Reader app aside from ezPDF Reader. Has lots of features, especially when it comes to annotating: Add highlights, cross outs, underlines, sticky notes, arrows, lines, ovals, rectangles, freehand drawings and text boxes. Integrates with Gmail, Dropbox, and Evernote. Costs $4.99 at Android Market and Amazon.

Mantano Reader – I briefly tried the free trial version of this app and it has a fair amount of PDF features. It’s kind of expensive, though, so make sure to try the trial version first. PDF features include pinch zooming, margin removal, adjustment to one column for multi-column documents, TOC, word selection with a long press, copy, TTS, dictionary, search, add notes, highlights, bookmarks, on-screen scribbles. Costs $7.49 at Android Market and Amazon.

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6 Responses to “Best PDF Reader Apps for Android, Both Free and Paid Apps”

  1. I am reading a pdf on my HP Touchpad using the Adobe reader and the headings of the book are offset to the left of the main text. When holding the tablet horizontally, I have about an inch of white space on each size of the main text. With Ez-pdf I used to be able to truncate that white space. With the Touchpad app, there isn’t even an option to increase the zoom factor manually.

    The prReader for reading EPUBs is also bad on the Touchpad. When you pull up the table of contents you get cryptic tags like “A03″ instead of your English language titles.

    One thing I took for granted with the Android browser is the ability to pinch-to-zoom on text followed by a double-tap to reflow the text. With HP Touchpad, I can pinch-to-zoom the text, but double-tap won’t reflow it. So unless the the website have those buttons for resizing text, I am stuck with whatever I get.

    P.S.
    When I had my Android Tablet, I purchased Repligo at one point since my Ez-pdf app was crashing. It was a decent app but it was missing an important feature. Not sure I remember, but I think it was the truncate white from column feature. Maybe they have added that since then.

    • Wow, sounds like you need a port to Android for that thing, and quick :). Can you believe the idiot who decided to sell them for the same price as the iPad. No wonder it only lasted a couple of months.

  2. I’m reading pdf with Adobe Reader + Touch Translator + GodlenDict. Best for me: quick, easy, … and free :)

  3. Thanks for the article.

    I would like to suggest that you look into the following PDF reader apps which have very good reviews on Google Play:

    - qPDF Viewer for a free high quality PDF Reader.

    - qPDF Notes for an all-in-on PDF app (paid)

  4. I thinks the best one is https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.foobnix.pdf.reader

    Functional:
    1) Read mode and control mode (single tap to switch)
    2) Fixate pages by width, saved on scroll
    3) Search in books
    4) Table of content
    5) Night Mode
    6) Search ALL books (PDF, DjVu) on device
    7) Next Page or scroll pages by tap screen
    8) Full screen mode
    9) Support e-reader keys like Nook, Kindle, Sony
    10) File navigation
    11) Recent Books
    12) Light and black theme
    13) Screen orientation: Portrait, Landscape, Automatic
    14) Text Bookmarks for page
    15) Links History, back to page