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How to save a Google Doc as a PDF on Android

If you want to send a Google Docs document as an email attachment or even via instant messengers, the best way is to convert it to a PDF file. However, downloading and then converting docs to PDF might be cumbersome. Luckily, you can save a Google Doc as a PDF file locally withing the Google Docs app for Android.

Learn how to do this below.

How do I save a Google Doc as a PDF?

Although Google Docs documents are easy to open on Android devices as many built-in apps can access them, converting them to PDF format makes it much easier for sharing. Especially if you want to make those digital documents available and easily accessible on different platforms.

These days, you won’t even need a specialized third-party PDF reader app to access them, as OEM’s usually offer built-in readers. Additionally, there’s Google Drive’s PDF reader to come to the rescue if needed.

Downloading or saving digital documents from Google Docs locally is a walk in a park. Both on the web-based client and within the Android app that’s the point of our interest today. The only problem is batch downloading which is missing.

Of course, you can save all files in the original Doc format or Docx format (used on Microsoft Word) and convert them with a third-party PDF converter. This can be hard to do on your handset, which is the main reason we suggest using your PC for batch downloads.

How to save Google Docs documents as PDFs with ease

Now, without further ado, here’s how to save a Google Doc as a PDF file:

  1. Open Google Docs.
  2. Locate the document you want to download as a PDF file and open it.
  3. Tap on the 3-dot menu and select Share & export from the contextual menu.
  4. Then, tap Save as.
  5. Finally, select the PDF Document (.pdf) from the list and tap OK.

That’s it. Now you have a PDF version of a text document. As simple as that. You can then upload the file again to Google Drive, share it with your friends or colleagues, or transfer it to your PC.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to tell us this was an informative read or not. The comments section is just below.

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Stephanie Falconer
Stephanie Falconer
November 4, 2020 9:06 am

Where is the PDF saved to? As soon as I have it, it disappears from my Google drive.

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