While it can be difficult to get used to the Google Docs app, you’ll quickly find that it really does make things easier when you can quickly edit text and process text on the go. It will bring new productivity into your life in moments that would otherwise be wasted.
In fact, the words you are reading were edited in the Google Docs app before it was launched. The versatility is as endless as the desktop version, once you master the user interface and mobile features. Let’s see how we can handle this on mobile.
Tips for Easier Writing on Google Mobile Docs
Mobile devices are usually not suited for efficient word processing, so it’s important to check out the best tips for typing in the Google Docs mobile app first.
The first tip is to try the text swipe feature. Just swipe the screen instead of tapping. This feature is now available on both stock Android and iOS 13. If you don’t have this feature, you can find alternatives in the app store here The more you swipe, the better you will be at guessing the words you use.
If you still hate typing in the Google Docs mobile app, try using your voice. It’s as easy as pressing the microphone button and speaking. The voice to text is surprisingly accurate. If you’re unsure, additional proofreading won’t hurt anyone.
One big problem with mobile keyboards is that you have to press a button to get additional characters like numbers or punctuation marks. However, there is an easier way. Instead of tapping to open the next page on your keyboard, you can hold down a button and then slide your finger over the character you want to use.
After you release the screen, the hover character will be typed and you will automatically return to the standard keyboard to save time.
Access collaboration tools in the Google Docs mobile app
If you need to collaborate on the go, you can click the three-dot menu in the upper right corner and then click Share and Export. In the next menu, you have two options.
- Share: Click Share to share with specific people. More confidential, but requires the owner to grant access to more people again.
- Link Exchange: Click here to create a link that you can share with anyone. Less confidential, but gives quick access to anyone with a link.
Get images without leaving the app
One of the benefits of using the desktop is that you have multiple applications that you can quickly switch between. It’s not that easy on mobile, but if you want images, you can use the image search tool in the Google Docs mobile app.
- Click the + button in the toolbar at the top.
- Select images and then click on the web.
You can now search for Google images from the Google Docs app.
You can also search for images on your Google Drive, or alternatively on the device itself. Tap any image you want and tap Insert. It will appear on the line you are currently typing on.
Enable offline editing in the Google Docs mobile app
If you plan on editing on the go, be sure to enable offline editing in the Google Docs app. Just tap the three-dot menu in the upper right corner, then scroll down and tap the available offline switch to move it to the on position.
Usually, all new documents created on your mobile will be available for offline editing by default, but you must enable offline editing for existing documents.
When editing offline, you can still create documents and edit documents that are available offline. However, be sure to tap the blue checkmark in the upper left corner to save your changes before closing the app. When you connect to the internet everything syncs again.
Highlight and annotate the Google Docs app for easier desktop editing
If you don’t want to use the Google Docs mobile app for heavy editing or writing, you can highlight areas and add comments for later editing on your desktop.
- Select the text or line of text you want to comment.
- Click the + button at the top of the screen and select a comment.
Now you can enter your comment and it will be saved to the cloud.
- Or hold your finger on the screen and then drag to select a line of text.
- Click the highlight button on the bottom toolbar.
Then you can choose a color to highlight.
You will find the same document with your comments or highlights in Google Drive on all devices, as long as you are connected to the Internet when you last make changes to it.