How to use Microsoft Excel on your smartphone

In today’s busy society, it can’t always be possible to complete 100% of your workload from the comfort of your workplace. Meetings, visits and commutes are all commonplace, making it essential to be able to access and edit your files on-the-go.

The ever-increasing power of smartphones means this is easily achievable on a hand-held device, which is lighter and more convenient to travel with than a bulky laptop. Microsoft Excel, along with the rest of the Microsoft Office suite, are all available in full as mobile apps, so there’s no longer the need to carry around that heavy laptop at all times.

The Microsoft Excel app is available on devices with a screen size of 10.1 inches or smaller, and is free to download to your handset. You can perform basic functions such as view, create and edit spreadsheets for free, however to use more advanced features, you’ll need an Office 365 subscription.

Microsoft Excel for Android

To use Microsoft Excel on your Android handset, the first thing you’ll need to do is download the Excel app onto your phone. You can do this by opening your Play Store app and searching for Microsoft Excel. To use the app, you’ll need to be running Android KitKat 4.4 or higher, and be using a handset with at least 1GB RAM. If you don’t already have a Microsoft Office subscription to use the software, this can conveniently be purchased through the app, and billed to your Play Store account.

Microsoft Excel for iPhone

Apple users can also enjoy the power of Excel in the palm of their hand as the app is similarly available through the App Store. To download Excel for your iPhone, you’ll just need to make sure that you’re running iOS 10 or higher. As with the Android version, you can make purchases through the app, making it easy to set up an Office subscription if you don’t already have one.

Microsoft Excel on the go

Designed specifically for use on smartphones and tablets, the Excel app includes the important features you’re used to on the desktop version, such a formulas, charts, tables, and conditional formatting. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to use Excel on a touchscreen, which lets you tap to add data, as well as simply dragging rows or columns to format quickly.

Perhaps the most convenient thing about having Microsoft Excel on your smartphone is being able to update and share files wherever you are. By accessing Excel through Microsoft OneDrive, you can synch your files with your desktop so your important documents are never out of reach. If you have a whole team working on one file, you can track all amendments made, or for more advanced collaborations, utilise SharePoint to manage files and folders with teams right across your business.

If you need help making Excel work for your business, then don’t hesitate to contact us here at The Excel Experts. With years of experience behind us, we’re ready to help you and your organisation get the most out of your spreadsheet systems. Our dedicated UK Excel specialists can help you unleash the power of Excel with either remote assistance or face-to-face visits, wherever you are in the UK.

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