How to Edit a PDF in Google Drive

You surely perceive that Google Drive is the best cloud storage provider, but do you know you can also use this as a PDF editor? If you’re unaware of this feature, don’t worry, I’ll help you learn how to edit a pdf in google drive in this post.

Portable Document Format, popularly known as PDF, is an important file extension that helps users easily send and print files. But, sometimes, we also need to edit a PDF, so we search for apps. You should know that Google Drive will only be the better option if you want to accomplish the same task.

How to Edit a Pdf in Google Drive

The process is easy, but if you don’t know how to edit a pdf on google drive, it won’t be a walk in the park. But you shouldn’t worry, as I’ll guide you through the process with simple steps.

The entire process includes two platforms one is Google Drive, and another is Google Docs. So, you’ll also know how to edit a pdf in google docs in this post.

Both PC and phone users can edit a pdf in google drive, but some steps will be different. I have shared both procedures below; you can check them according to your needs.

How to Edit a Pdf in Google Drive on a PC

The most convenient and easy way to edit a pdf in google drive is on pc and if you’re also going to do that, follow the steps below.

Your initial task is to upload the PDF to your Google Drive account. Although it’s easy, I have added the steps below to help you.

Step 1: First, open google drive on any browser on your computer.

Step 2: Log in to your account using your credentials if you haven’t directly moved into the Drive’s dashboard.

Step 3: Click on the New button in the top-left corner.

Step 4: Select the “File Upload” option from the list.

Step 5: Choose the PDF you want to edit from your computer and wait until it gets uploaded to Google Drive.

You need to take the file to Google Docs to edit, so follow the steps.

Step 6: Locate the recently uploaded file and Right-click on it.

Step 7: A new menu with various options will open; move your mouse crosshair over Open With.

Step 8: Click on Google Docs to take the PDF there. It’ll also create a separate file with DOCX extension on the same path the PDF is located in your drive account.

After you finish editing the PDF, if you want to download it on your device, follow these steps:

Step 9: Click on the File option on the menu bar’s left side in Google Docs.

Step 10: It’ll provide you with various options, select Download.

Step 11: You’ll get many extensions to choose such as .pdf, .docx, etc., you can select any, and the file will be downloaded on your computer.

Note: Any change you make to the file in Google Docs will automatically be saved on Google Drive.

How to edit a PDF in Google Drive on a Phone

You can also edit a PDF using Google Drive on your phone, but this method isn’t as favorable as the first one, and the PDF page can also break, making it difficult to edit. So, if you have a PC, I suggest you use the technique mentioned above.

If the phone is your only option, you should ensure that the Google Docs app is pre-installed on your device; before you follow the steps; if not, download it.

Step 1: Open the Chrome browser on your phone.

Step 2: Navigate to and log in to your account.

Step 3: Click on the three vertical dots on the top-right side to open various options, and then from the list, find and check the Desktop site box.

Step 4: Click on the New button in the top-left corner.

Step 5: Tap on File Upload and select your desired PDF from your device.

Note: You can also upload the PDF from the Google Drive app by clicking on the plus icon on the bottom right>Upload.

Step 6: Locate the recently uploaded file on your Drive account on the browser.

Step 7: Tap & Hold the file for some time and release it to open a floating window.

Step 8: Click on Open With and select Google Docs.

Step 9: It’ll take you to a new page with a pencil icon on the top-right; click that.

Step 10: You’ll be asked to edit the PDF with Docs App, so simply click on USE THE APP.

Step 11: The file will open in the Google Docs app, and clicking the pencil button on the bottom right will help you edit the PDF.


Hopefully, now you know how to edit a pdf in google drive as you have read the post till the end. I have shared the methods to do that on PC and as well as on phones.

Google Drive doesn’t have any in-built feature to edit a PDF, but Google Docs has, so you can open the file there and make changes according to yourself. For PC, you don’t need to download any app, but for Phones, you may need to download Google Docs.

That’s all in this post; I hope your queries are now solved. If you still have questions, feel free to drop in the comments below.

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