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November 17, 2010

Edit Documents in Mobile Google Docs

Until today, the mobile version of Google was only useful if you wanted to read a document or download some of your files. From now on, documents will no longer be read-only. If you have a phone or a tablet that runs Android 2.2+ or iOS 3.0+ and the Google Docs interface language is set to English, you'll be able edit documents from your mobile device and the best thing is that you don't need to install a new application.

"It's easy to get started: visit in a browser on a supported device, and select the document you want to edit. Then, when you're viewing it, press the Edit button to switch to the mobile editor," suggests Google.

I couldn't find the Edit button, but that's because the new features aren't yet available to everyone. Google promises that the mobile editor will be rolled out in the next few days and you won't have to buy an iPad or a Samsung Galaxy Tab to use it because it will also work on an iPhone or an Android phone that runs Froyo.

Unfortunately, the mobile editor will only work for documents created using the new document editor. It's difficult to understand why Google couldn't find a way to convert the documents created using the old editor to the new format.


  1. Microsoft promised mobile editing for office live. I wonder if it will only work on Windows Phone 7 devices, or on any device.

  2. So when will webOS devices be supported? Or will this be another of the long line of Google Mobile products which are Android/iPhone only?

  3. Very nice option. Almost don't need to lug my computer around anymore!

  4. I have just tried on my iPad. The mobile version is very basic from what I can see. when I select desktop version it has an error. I'm really excited about this ... If it works!


  5. What about users who stay with old editor to keep the HTML/CSS features ?

    6 months later, and the "new" editor still doesn't have any html/css...

  6. The mobile version is very basic from what I can see. good site .ok.................

  7. Yes! I have been waiting for this feature for 1+ years!