How to get the Microsoft Office Suite on your iPhone and use certain apps for free
- There are two ways to get the
Microsoft OfficeSuite on your iPhone— a single Office app, and separate apps for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
- Office apps are free to download, and can be used without paying, but you'll need to pay a yearly fee for Microsoft 365 to access all the features.
Microsoft offers numerous ways to use its flagship productivity suite, Microsoft Office, on your iPhone. Nearly every major Office program has an iPhone app, which can all be downloaded for free.
You can use Office on the iPhone as a part of a Microsoft 365 subscription or on its own, but not all features will be available.Here's what you should know. Advertisement
How to get Microsoft Office Suite apps on your iPhoneMicrosoft recently released a new version of the Office app, so there are two ways to get the suite on your iPhone. You can install a single, integrated app that combines many of the features of the individual Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps, or you can choose to install each app individually.
The advantage of installing the single Office app is that it takes up less space on your phone, and blends the various apps together in a way that you might find more convenient.You can install this Office app right from the App Store.
If you prefer, you can still install each Office app individually. This approach offers a few extra features which you won't find in the single Office app, and you might prefer to work in the traditional apps:
- Install Microsoft Word from the App Store
- Install Microsoft Excel from the App Store
- Install Microsoft PowerPoint from the App Store
- Install Microsoft OneNote from the App Store
And for some of these apps, you'll really need an account. The standalone Word app won't let you edit or save documents if you don't pay, for example, and Outlook won't let you send emails.
The only app that really works without paying is the complete Office app. However, even here, logging in will grant you advanced features like tracking changes in Word, customizable pivot tables in Excel, and the ability to read speaker notes while presenting in PowerPoint.If you have a subscription, you should log in to get the most out of the apps on your iPhone.Advertisement