iPad and iPhone : how to install Microsoft Office for free ?.


Is it possible to have Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on an iPad, or even on an iPhone ? The answer is yes.

When Microsoft first unveiled its Office applications are compatible with the devices Mac and iOS, these were fairly limited.

The iPad version offered to subscribers of Office 365 a few basic editing functions while on the iPhone, the only option available was read-only.

Since then, things have evolved. Most users of iOS or iPadOS can now edit their documents in Word, Excel or PowerPoint via their smartphone and tablet Apple, without having to subscribe to Office 365.

In this article, we show you how to download Microsoft Office applications free of charge, to install and use on your iPad or iPhone.

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Download Microsoft Office for a iPad and a iPhone.

Applications Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook are available for free download on your iPad via the App Store, only on the condition that it works with iOS 12 or later.

Be aware that to create, modify or print your documents, it is not necessary to subscribe to Office 365.

However, you need a login to Microsoft, to do this you will need to create an account by entering an email address and a password.

Download Microsoft Office on an iPad Pro.

While the applications of the Office package are available free of charge for iPad and less than 10.1 inch, this is not as obvious for the iPad Pro and the iPad 10.2-inch (2019). These models are excluded from this offer because they are considered as devices for professionals. Therefore, to qualify, you will have no other choice than to subscribe to the Office 365.

As a reminder, if you use Word, Excel, and Powerpoint for professional or commercial purposes, then you need to legally be a subscriber to Microsoft Office, regardless of the device used.

Subscribe to Office 365.

With Office 365, you benefit from the premium versions of the Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook), including the advanced tracking of changes and the tools for formatting graphics, tables and images.

In addition, you can enjoy a Terabyte of online storage through OneDrive, compared to 5 Gb without a subscription. Also, depending on your subscription, the applications are compatible, or not compatible with macOS.

You also get 60 minutes of Skype calls available each month, and storage on OneDrive for 5 users.

The price of an annual plan to the Office 365 starts at € 69 with the “Personal” plan.

Utility of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on the iPad.

Apple offers its own alternative, it allows you to create and save files, spreadsheets, and presentations, which are then compatible with the Microsoft Office applications.

The office suite from Apple called iWork, consists of :

Pages for word processing.
Numbers for spreadsheets, charts, and tables.
Keynote to make your presentations.

Note that iWork is provided with the purchase of an iPad or iPhone.

In conclusion, unless you are forced to work on the Office Pack, you will not get the utility since iWork performs similar functions.

Synchronization options with Microsoft Office.

OneDrive, the Microsoft Cloud is automatically integrated in the Office package for iOS.

As well, all of your documents created on one of the Office applications will be accessible from your iPad, and in the same format, which is not the case on the iPhone..

Note that in order to be able to work on your files, make sure you have saved and downloaded on your tablet.

If you are off-line, so don’t hesitate to create new documents and save them, without having to go through Drive.

Applications Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on iPad and iPhone.


With Word on iOS, you have tools for creating and editing thanks to which you can make changes to copies, either with or without a subscription to Office 365.

On the iPhone, Word suffers from the limitations imposed by the size of its screen. Fortunately, Microsoft has made some enhancements to the interface to make it more easy to assimilate.

In particular, there is the option “quick Access”, it is used to resize the text, to erase the unnecessary elements and include all the tools with the keyboard.

To access files stored on accounts OneDrive or Dropbox, or on your own private account to Microsoft SharePoint, then you must have a paid account.

With an account OneDrive free, you will only be able to store and access your documents.


On iOS, with Excel you can enjoy almost all the functions that have formulas that pay for Office 365. Creating, editing, saving, and printing, everything is possible with the free version.

There is also a DropBox support. Once logged in to your account, you will have access to a list of folders in which to save and open your calculation sheets.

Features available exclusively to users of Office 365 include :

The customization of styles, colors, and page layouts dynamic. .
XLOOKUP to find items.
The addition or modification of graphic elements.



Such as Word and Excel, PowerPoint does not require a subscription for the iOS.

You can add or improve animations, videos, and crop images from your iOS devices.

Like the other applications, storing files on Dropbox is an alternative to OneDrive from Microsoft.

If you have a subscription to Office 365, then say hello to the features of the first order, such as :

The playback mode. .
The addition of custom colors and shapes.
The insert SmartArt graphic.
The adjustment of the shading of cells, rows and columns of tables.


Of course, it is not comparable to its Desktop version but it remains a solid tool on mobile.