Every mobile user needs a document tool — it’s part and
parcel to business. If you take a look at the offerings on the Google Play
Store, you’ll find plenty of options. But if you’re looking for a user-friendly
document editor that can sync with your Zoho
account, look no further than Zoho Writer


This free Android app offers the following features:

  • Formatting (font type, size, and color; bold,
    italic, and underline)
  • Creating hyperlinks
  • Adding comments for text and bookmarks
  • Paragraph spacing
  • Word count
  • Inserting images (camera and gallery)
  • Creating lists
  • Cutting/Copying and pasting
  • Unlimited undo/redo operations
  • Creating tables with built-in themes
  • Creating documents offline and syncing later
  • Moving documents to different services (drag
    and drop feature)
  • Built-in freehand drawing tool
  • Converting text to speech and speech to text
  • Zooming in and out of document content
  • Sending documents via email from the Dashboard
  • Connecting to cloud storage services: Zoho Docs*,
    Google Drive, and Dropbox
  • Supporting multiple document formats (doc, docx, rtf,
    odt, txt, html, and PDF)

When you add an easy-to-navigate interface to this solid feature list, you have the makings of a very fine document editor. With that
said, let’s install and use Zoho Writer.

* Note: In order to sync with Zoho Docs, you need a Zoho
account. To sign up for an account, open your browser (either on the
desktop or your tablet) and point it to the Zoho web site. You can sign up and use Zoho Docs for free.


The installation of Zoho Writer is simple. Just follow these

  1. Open the Google Play Store on your tablet
  2. Search
    for “zoho writer” (no quotes)
  3. Tap
    the entry for Zoho Writer
  4. Tap
  5. Tap

Once the installation is complete, you should find the
launcher for Zoho Writer on your home screen or in your app drawer (or both).
Tap that launcher, and you’re ready to go.


Because you can also work offline (saving your files to
your tablet’s memory), you don’t have to sign into your cloud services. To
that end, you won’t be automatically prompted to log into an account on the first run. When you do open Zoho Writer, you’ll be presented with a feature
slideshow; you can tap through that or skip it — there’s nothing new to learn.

From the Zoho Writer Dashboard (Figure A), you can
create a new document, create a new folder, connect to your cloud service, open
documents from your device, create a document from a template, and search for

Figure A

Zoho Writer running on a Verizon-branded Samsung Galaxy

To create a new document, do the following:

  1. From
    the Dashboard, tap New File
  2. When
    the keyboard app opens (Figure B), begin typing your document
  3. Format
    and insert as needed
  4. Tap
    the document name drop-down (upper left)
  5. Tap
  6. Give
    the document a new name
  7. When
    ready, tap the Save button (top right corner)

Figure B

The above file will be saved to the local memory of your
device and can be accessed from the Zoho Writer Dashboard.

You can also push that newly created file to your cloud
service. Before you do that, however, you have to connect to that service.
Let’s connect to the Zoho Docs cloud. Follow these steps:

  1. Open
    the Zoho Writer app
  2. From
    the Dashboard, tap Zoho Docs
  3. Enter
    your Zoho account credentials when prompted
  4. Tap

Now that you’re connected to your Zoho account, follow
these steps to push the newly created document to your Zoho Docs cloud:

  1. Tap
    on Home
  2. Tap
    on the document you want to push
  3. Tap
    the Push To Cloud button (Figure C)
  4. Tap
    Zoho Docs
  5. Wait
    for the document to finish uploading

Figure C

From this same window, you can push to any of your connected
cloud services.

There are many tricks and traps with Zoho Writer — it’s just
a solid tool for the creation of documents. Yes, it’s a one-trick pony, but it
executes that trick very well. Give Zoho Writer a try and see if it doesn’t become
your go-to writing tool on your Android tablet.