How to convert a Google Docs file to PDF on desktop and phone

Google Docs is able to do besides a simple Word-Document also create files. You can use Google Docs templates to create a resume, invoice, flyer, brochure, and more. You don’t want to use the standard Google Docs file format when you share such files.

You can easily share such Google Docs files in read-only PDF format. How to Convert Google Docs Files to PDF on Desktop and Phone.

It doesn’t look professional for a resume or flyer to be shared by Google Docs as the default file format. Instead, you’ll need to send it as a PDF file for a better impression. Google Docs provides a standard tool for converting an existing file to PDF on desktops and mobile devices. Let’s see this in action.

Convert Google Docs files to PDF on desktop

By doing example Below, we’ve created an offer to sell using a third-party Google Docs template. Before we send these to any of the clients, we convert them to PDF. Here is how.

Step 1: Visit Google Docs on the web.

Step 2: Open an existing Google Doc or create one from scratch.

Step 3: We opened an existing sales offer template. Edit it with relevant details with item names, company names, dates and more.

Step 4: After you have made all the changes, click on File in the menu bar.

Step 5: Choose Download from the File menu.

Step 6: Download the Google Docs file as a PDF document and it will be saved in the Downloads folder.

Save Google Docs as PDF

You can now easily share PDF files via email or Slack or Teams – whichever platform you prefer.

The ability to convert Google Docs files isn’t just limited to the web version. You can easily do this through the Google Docs mobile apps. Let’s start with the Google Docs Android app.

Google Docs app for Android

Google Docs is standard on all Android phones. Unlike other apps, Google Docs uses different user interfaces on both Android and iPhone. Follow the steps below to do a PDF conversion in Google Docs.

Step 1: Open the Google Docs app on Android and select a file.

By doing example Below we have made a proposal for software developers in Google Docs for Android. Now let’s convert it to a PDF file.

Step 2: Tap the three-dot menu in the top right corner.

Step 3: Select Share & Export and tap Save As.

Select more menu

Choose Share & Export

Step 4: Select PDF format from the menu below and click OK at the bottom.

Save Google Docs document

Save document as pdf

Google Docs will convert the file to PDF format and save it on an Android phone. The PDF file can now be shared with others.

Google Docs app on iPhone

If you’re an iPhone, the steps are slightly different from the Android counterpart. Here’s how to create a PDF from a Google Docs file on iPhone.

Step 1: Start the Google Docs app on the iPhone.

Step 2: Choose a file that you want to convert to PDF on iPhone.

Step 3: Make changes and tap the More menu at the top.

Step 4: Choose Share & Export.

Google Docs i phone 1

Share and export the docs file on the iPhone

Step 5: In the following menu tap on Send a copy.

Step 6: Select the PDF format and click OK at the bottom.

Send copy as pdf to iPhone

Save the Google Docs file as a PDF on the iPhone

Google Docs converts the document to PDF and opens the sharing menu. You can either share the file directly with others or save it in the Files app on your iPhone.

Edit PDFs before sharing

Did you make a mistake or would you like to make last minute changes to the PDF file? You can’t edit PDF files in Google Docs. You can convert a PDF file to a anytime Word File and open it in Google Docs to make changes. But it’s time consuming and not a viable solution.

You can opt for a PDF editor on Mac or Windows to make any necessary changes. For the Mac platform, we recommend the PDFexpert app. Developed natively for the Mac platform, it has numerous editing functions and also allows you to sign a PDF file.

Pdfexpert for mac

If you’re using Windows, we’ve made a separate post on the best PDF editors for Windows. You can choose any software from the list and start editing PDF files before sending them.

Send Google Docs file as PDF

Google Docs has a built-in PDF conversion tool on desktops and mobile devices. This is useful for certain types of documents. Convert the Google Docs file to PDF and share it with others.

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