How to Save as a PDF in Google Docs Mobile

The steps in this article will show you how to save a document as a PDF in the Google Docs mobile app on an iPhone.

  • If you would rather save your document as a Microsoft Word file, then there is a specific option on the Share & export menu to accomplish that.
  • You can also print a document in Google Docs mobile and use either a wireless printer on your network or a printer in Google Cloud Print.
  • When you save as a PDF in Google Docs mobile you will have the ability to either save the document to your device, or to send it to someone via one of several different sharing options.

The Google Docs mobile app on your iPhone offers much of the same functionality that you would have if you were using the desktop version on your computer.

But one option that you may be struggling to locate is the one that lets you save as a PDF in the Google Docs mobile app.

Luckily this is still an option that is available, it’s just hidden behind a sharing menu that lets you choose how to send a file to another person.

Our guide below will walk you through the process of creating a PDF in the Google Docs app on your iPhone.

How to Save as a PDF in Google Docs Mobile on an iPhone

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 11 in iOS 13.4. I am using the most current version of the Google Docs iPhone app that was available when this article was written.

Step 1: Open the Google Docs app.

open the Google Docs app

Step 2: Open the file that you wish to save as a PDF.

choose the file to save as a pdf

Step 3: Touch the three dots icon at the top-right of the screen.

open the Google Docs document menu

Step 4: Choose the Share & export option.

open the share and export menu

Step 5: Tap the Send a copy button.

select the Send a copy button

Step 6: Select the PDF option, then touch the OK button.

how to convert to PDF in Google Docs mobile

Step 7: Choose where to save or share the file.

how to save as a PDF in Google Docs mobile

If you chose the Save to Files option then you will see a screen like the one below that lets you choose where to save the file, including an option to save the PDF to your iPhone.

choose the location for the Google Docs PDF on your iPhone

Find out how to save to different file types in Google Docs if you have access to a desktop or laptop computer and need the file in a format other than a PDF or Microsoft Word file.