View Google documents on your iPhone and iPad

This article describes the latest version of the Drive app for iOS. To get the latest version, download an update from the App Store.

You can view Google documents that you’ve created and that have been shared with you through the Drive app on your iPhone or iPad. Every time you open a document, it’ll update to the latest version.

The Drive app uses a native viewer for your Google documents, which means you can view and edit them right in the app, not in a web browser.

When you’re viewing a document, you can see others who are looking at or editing the document by tapping the Current Viewers button in the top-right corner of the screen. If a collaborator is actively working on it, you will see their changes being made in real time.

A few things to remember when viewing Google documents in the Drive app:

  • Images, and drawings in your document can all be viewed through the app. 
  • Tables are not available to edit in the app. To view a table in a document, enter preview mode by clicking View in the top-right corner of the document.
  • Links within your text will work in viewing mode, but not in editing mode.
  • To zoom into your document, you can pinch-to-zoom (both viewing and editing mode) or double-tap (viewing mode only).