Is it possible to benefit from Word, Excel and PowerPoint on an iPad, or even on an iPhone? The answer is yes.
When Microsoft first released its Office applications compatible with Mac and iOS devices, they were quite limited.
The iPad version offered Office 365 subscribers some basic editing functions while on the iPhone, the only option available was read-only.
Since then, things have changed. Most diOS or diPadOS users can now edit their Word, Excel or PowerPoint documents via their Apple smartphone and tablet, without having to register Office 365.
In this article, we show you how to download Microsoft Office applications for free, install and use them on your iPad or iPhone.
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Download Microsoft Office for iPad and iPhone
Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook applications can be downloaded free of charge to your iPad via the App Store, the only condition that it must be running iOS 12 or later.
Note that to create, modify or print your documents, you do not need to subscribe Office 365.
However, you need a Microsoft ID, for that you will have to create an account by entering an email address and a password.
Download Microsoft Office on an iPad Pro
While the Office Pack apps are available for free for iPads smaller than 10.1-inch, it's not nearly as obvious for the iPad Pro and 10.2-inch iPad (2019). These models are excluded from this offer because they are considered as professional devices. Therefore, to benefit from it, you will have no choice but to subscribe to Office 365.
As a reminder, if you use Word, Excel and Powerpoint for professional or commercial purposes, then you must also be a Microsoft Office subscriber, regardless of the device used.
Sabonate Office 365
With Office 365, you take advantage of premium versions of Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook), including advanced change tracking and formatting tools for charts, tables and images.
In addition, you can enjoy a TB of online storage via OneDrive, against 5 GB without subscription. Also, depending on your subscription, the applications are compatible, or not, compatible with macOS.
You also get 60 Skype call minutes offered every month and storage on OneDrive for 5 users.
The price of an Office 365 annual plan starts at 69 with the Personal plan.
Use of Word, Excel and PowerPoint on iPad
Apple offers its own alternative, it allows you to create and save files, spreadsheets and presentations, which are then compatible with Microsoft Office applications.
Apple's office suite, called iWork, consists of:
- Word processing pages
- Numbers for spreadsheets, charts and tables
- Keynote to make your presentations
Note that iWork is provided upon purchase of an iPad or iPhone.
In conclusion, unless you are forced to work on the Office Pack, you will not have any trouble since iWork performs similar functions.
Synchronization options with Microsoft Office
OneDrive, the Microsoft cloud, is automatically integrated into the Office pack for iOS.
Thus, all your documents created on one of the Office applications will be accessible from your iPad, and in the same format, which is not the case on the iPhone …
Note that to be able to work on your files, make sure you have saved and downloaded them on your tablet.
If you are offline, then do not hesitate to create new documents and save them, without having to go through Drive.
Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications on iPad and iPhone
With Word on iOS, you have creation and editing tools to which you can make copy changes, with or without an Office 365 subscription.
On the iPhone, Word suffers from the limits imposed by the size of its screen. Fortunately, Microsoft has made some improvements to the interface to make it easier to digest.
There is in particular the option "Quick access", it serves to resize the text, erase unnecessary elements and attach all the tools to the keyboard.
To access files saved to OneDrive or Dropbox accounts, or to your own Microsoft SharePoint private account, then you need to have a paid account.
With a free OneDrive account, you will only be able to store and access your documents.
On iOS, with Excel you will take advantage of almost all the functions available with paid Office 365 plans. Creation, modification, saving and printing, everything is possible with the free version.
There is also support for DropBox. Once connected to your account, you will have access to a list of folders in which to save and open your spreadsheets.
Features reserved for Office 365 users include:
- Personalization of styles, colors and dynamic layouts.
- XLOOKUP to search for items.
- Adding or modifying graphic elements.
Like Word and Excel, PowerPoint does not require a subscription for iOS.
You can add or enhance animations, videos and crop images from your iOS devices.
Like other apps, file storage on Dropbox is a OneDrive alternative from Microsoft.
If you have an Office 365 subscription, then say hello to top notch features, such as:
- Reading mode.
- Adding custom colors and shapes.
- Inserting SmartArt graphics.
- Adjust the shading of cells, rows and columns of tables.
It is certainly not comparable to its desktop version, but it remains a solid tool on mobile.
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