On iPhone, how do I open a .doc into Word from Google Drive?

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  1. dmk1974 macrumors 68000

    dmk1974

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    I know, probably easier to just use Dropbox or OneDrive, but I would like to do the following from my iPhone:

    • Save .doc file from work PC to my Google Drive
    • on my iPhone, open that file and have it launch into Microsoft Word (iOS version) and not into Google Docs
    • Edit the file and save back to the same Google Drive location.
    Is this possible to "easily" do this? Thanks!
     
  2. Shirasaki macrumors 603

    Shirasaki

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    Yeah. You can easily do this.

    Open your docs in Google Docs app, not Google Drive app.

    Tap "..." and choose "send a copy".

    If your device has Word installed you will see it. Tap it so this doc opens on Microsoft Word.

    Edit it in Microsoft word and save it on your device. Find that file on folder "iPhone", tap "..." and choose "share", then "send a copy". After seeing share sheet, choose "open in", and you can save this doc back to Google Drive through Google Docs app again.

    Only thing missing: you cannot edit .doc file in Microsoft Word for iOS app. It will upgrade your file to .docx format. This may be critical for you so.
     
  3. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

    dmk1974

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    Thanks. I think some are .doc, but most are .docx. Is it better to just use OneDrive or Dropbox? OneDrive works decent on my kids' Win10 laptops, but when I tried it over a year ago for my use, it was really slow.
     
  4. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

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  5. Shirasaki macrumors 603

    Shirasaki

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    Well, better integration. Why not?
    Speed wise, I think now it is decent most of the time.
     
  6. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

    dmk1974

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    Thanks, I'm moving everything over into OneDrive that is not a google sheet/doc and will see how it goes. Hopefully it's not as slow as I recall and consistently syncs well across my Mac Mini, MacBook Air, and iPhone.
     
  7. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

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    As long as you're not trying to sync to a Windows pc, OneDrive works great.
     
  8. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    Why you say this? I sync with a windows PC but go anything else cloud only. Works great.
     
  9. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

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    Because the only syncing errors and change conflicts I've ever experienced with OneDrive were on my pc (Win10). On the iPhone and iPad it's been flawless.
     

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