There was a time when my mobile productivity used to depend on mine accessing, reading and editing Microsoft Office documents on the go. Over time, I’d found Quickoffice to be the most comprehensive mobile replacement for Microsoft’s productivity suite so you could imagine I wasn’t too happy after Google acquired the company in June of 2012. I was afraid the search giant would, for competitive reasons, call it a day and simply fold the team.

A few updates later, Google’s made Quickoffice a free download on iOS and Android devices. The software integrates with Google’s Drive storage and lets you edit Microsoft Office documents across your devices in their native form, without having to convert the files to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides…

Yes, they have a new iOS 7-friendly icon.

QuickOffice 6.1 for iOS (app icon, small)

One caveat: it’s tied to a Google Account, a requirement to edit Microsoft Office documents, spreadsheets and presentations on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. There are a few new features, too, including the ability to create .ZIP folders, as well as view charts in Excel and PowerPoint files.

According to the official Google Drive blog, those who sign in to their Google Account from the new Quickoffice app for Android or iOS by September 26, 2013, will receive an extra 10GB of Google Drive storage for two years (“look for it in the next few weeks,” said the company).

QuickOffice 6.1 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)QuickOffice 6.1 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

As a bonus, Quickoffice is now a universal app supporting all iOS device form factors natively. It’s optimized for the iPhone 5’s taller screen and requires iOS 5.0 or later.

By the way, if you were using Quickoffice Pro or Quickoffice Pro HD, these have been removed now from the App Store so consult this FAQ on how this affects you.

Grab Quickoffice for free from the App Store.

And to remember that I paid fifteen bucks for the app…

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    Sounds like they’re trying to compete with iWork by making their suite free just as Apple are making theirs free…

    • Ibrahim Aygun

      Apple is not making free actually. They just made it free for idevices activated after september 1. This is completely nonsense. What about people getting their devices before september 1? What about people who already bought them? Apple is being, Apple, like always.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Say that again but replace Apple with Google. You’ll see then why what Google is doing here is essentially the same thing. That was the point I was trying to make…

      • Ibrahim Aygun

        I’m sorry, but i’m angry to Apple for this situation and i skip the Google part unintentionally. You are right about Google. The reason of this is Apple’s declaration about making iwork free. But what i’m trying to say is, Apple made it free for only a group of customers but Goole made it for every idevice user.

      • Raashid

        Uhm, how is free for every iDevice (old or new) the same as free for only new iDevices?

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Apple has made iWork free for new devices and Google is trying to out-do them by making Quickoffice free for all devices. If you were in any doubt as to what my comment was referring to that is what.

      • chumawumba

        Restore as new

      • Ibrahim Aygun

        Not working. First activation is the valid one.

      • chumawumba

        Oh that sucks

      • seyss

        new devices actually. old devices activated after sep 1st won’t have free iWork

  • Has anyone got their free 10 GB?

    • Crever

      By what means is for them to connect on 26 September!? And to achieve this will be soon, so if I have understood.

      • Jonathan

        They said by not on. 😉

    • Jonathan

      I quote from above.

      According to the official Google Drive blog, those who sign in to their Google Account from the new Quickoffice app for Android or iOS by September 26, 2013, will receive an extra 10GB of Google Drive storage for two years (“look for it in the next few weeks,” said the company).

      • I must tired. Thanks!

      • Jonathan

        No problem. 🙂
        and you are.
        *be tired
        lol 😛

    • sisko7

      not me 🙁

  • chumawumba

    I grabbed this just ’cause it’s free.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Same. Free stuff is nice even if it is free stuff produced by a company that sold-out to Google…

  • From Office RT to iWork to QuickOffice…competition is awesome!

    • felixtaf

      Competition always brings goodness to consumers. This is an example.

      • OFF TOPIC

        Recall what we were discussing here (http://bit ly/16KRglf) about having the option to update to a new version of iOS or not? Well, that doesn’t seem to be the case, according to what some users are reporting here (http://bit ly/16KQkNW) on SiNful iPhone forums. There’s officially no option to update or not…

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        I’m on iOS 6.1.3 on my 4S and have not experienced any of the behaviour described in that thread although do not have the 3GB required to install. To summarise it would appear that iOS 7 has downloaded but won’t install as I do not have enough memory. Whether it would install I can’t say. If the signing window is still open. I’m up for an experiment though

      • According to iFaith, Apple is still signing iOS 6.1.3 for the 4S at this moment.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Just checked the terms & conditions and found this. Not sure if it is only referring to AppStore apps though:


        Your device or computer will periodically check with the App Store and Mac App Store for updates to the apps on your device or computer and, if available, the update may automatically download and install. You agree that Apple, through the App Store and Mac App Store, may automatically download and install updates onto your device(s) or computer. You can turn off automatic updates altogether at any time by changing the automatic updates settings on your device or computer.”

      • Sounds like it’s only referring to AppStore apps (the automatic update feature in iOS 7), ’cause I have never come across the option to disable automatic firmware updates in iOS. Do point me to such option if it exists in iOS 6…

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        You’re right that option doesn’t exist on iOS 6 although since Apple at no point mentions AppStore apps and just uses the term ‘app’ it makes me think they could update your device without your consent with their defence being we updated the OS to update the clock app as the user consented…

        To finish I now have more than enough space to update to iOS 7 and nothing is happening so it leaves me to believe either whoever wrote that thread has one unique device or they’re spreading rumours / lies…

      • Plug your device into a wall outlet, ensure it’s connected to wifi then go to the settings > General > Software Update screen and see what happens…

        Have you ever updated that 4S to iOS 7? Perhaps it’s another agreement that if you try out iOS 7, we have the right to automatically update it to iOS 7…’cause he updated to iOS 7 then went back to iOS 6.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        WOW. It actually tried (I did a hard reboot) to update. Time to put infinity blade III on the device to block the update

      • That’s what I thought. So, any status update? Did it automatically install iOS 7?

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        No it didn’t actually install. I wrote a blog post here though if you’d like to read everything that was involved (since its pointless spamming Disqus):
        wp me/p3K8t9-R

      • felixtaf

        Nice post Bro…

      • felixtaf

        Yes I remember. Thanks for the follow up.
        This is scary… I was in beta, so cant check it. Soon we will know if its an issue or a new stupid Apple system to upgrade evry1 to iOS7!

        I read @aidanharris:disqus post too.

        Edit: Still its a forced update I would say. I read that its downloading, but not installing! Why the hell its downloading – TO KILL THE PRECIOUS SPACE!!!!
        This wasn’t the case for older updates. They added this in iOS7! Typical Apple!

  • Ricardo Arriaga

    They are not trying to compete with Apple, Google is on different (superior) league. So please stop being haters and repeat with me: long live Google!

  • kokeropie

    Doesn’t support dropbox account. Hopefully they can support it before March 31, 2014, so I don’t have to move all my files from dropbox to google drive.

    • Joseph

      Google Drive has a desktop application for Windows if you use Windows. Moving your files is potentially a drag away. If you’re using a Mac, there’s a way to emulate some Windows programs on OS X, so Google it. :p

      • Lol, there’s also an official OS X client that does the same…so, no need to emulate Windows.

  • Byron C Mayes

    Dang! Good thing I only bought for the work iPad. Now I can get it for my own!

  • Fanboyofapple

    Yep, i paid $15 for mine too 🙁

  • D.

    Being able to edit documents within the google drive app makes more sense to me…