Microsoft Office app for iPad now available: How to download it

On February 16, Microsoft finally released its Office app for iPad. The app, which includes Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint under one roof, was originally launched for Android devices and hit iOS in February last year. In the past, iPad owners had to download and use Microsoft Office tools individually. This used to be quite inconvenient as these apps take a large amount of storage. But with the release of the iPad’s Office app, iPad users will be able to enjoy the same thing as the ones using Android devices and iPhones. So in this article, we will guide you on how to download the Microsoft Office App on your iPad.

How To Download Microsoft Office App On iPad

To download the unified Office App, you need to:

  1. Open the AppStore on your iPad
  2. Type Microsoft Office in the search bar
  3. You should be able to see the app at the top of the results list
  4. Tap GET next to its name
  5. Enter your Apple ID password if asked
  6. Wait for the download and installation process to complete
  7. Enjoy!

Alternatively, you can get the Office app via the Microsoft website here. Simply open a Safari, access the site, and follow the onscreen instructions to download the Office app to your iPad.

Things To Note

  • The new Office app for iPad requires your device to run iPadOS 13.0 or later. 
  • The Office app is a free download from the App Store. However, to access premium features, users will need to subscribe to Microsoft 365 personal plan($6.99 per month) or Microsoft 365 Family plan ($9.99 per month). 
  • According to Microsoft, on an iPad 10.1-inch or larger, a subscription is required to create and edit documents. For example, if you’re using an iPad Pro with a 12.9-inch screen, you must have a Microsoft 365 plan with access to the desktop apps to edit files.

What’s new on the iPad’s Office App

Microsoft also added some new tools into the unified app to improve productivity and simplify the process of making quick documents, signing PDFs, and transferring files between devices.

For instance:

  • Apart from turning images into Word or Excel files, you can now convert your images to PDF files. Tap ‘Share’ in the phone gallery outside the Office app, to access several actions like Create PPT, Create PDF, and more.
  • If there are any recent screenshots when you open the Office app, these are surfaced as a suggestion to convert to PDF or PPT.
  • Insert date, shape, image, and notes in PDF: Now you can easily insert date, shape, image, and notes in PDFs using new capabilities.
  • Microsoft also integrated its Lens technology into this app to make it easier for users to convert images into Word and Excel documents, scan PDFs and capture whiteboards.
  • You can sign PDFs quickly using your finger or Apple Pencil.

For the last few months, Microsoft has continuously been supporting iPad users. The company, in October, updated its Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps with mouse and trackpad support for the iPad. It also brought a dark mode for the iPhone and iPad in 2019.

There you go, now you know how to download the unified Microsoft Office app for iPad. If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments!

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