Best spreadsheet apps for iPad: Numbers, Google Drive, Microsoft Excel, and more!

From crunching numbers to tracking inventory, these are the best spreadsheet apps for iPad!

If you work on spreadsheets, be they in Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Apple Numbers, or something els, the iPad can be a great way to take them with you, edit them on the go, and even project them for a team. What you give up in laptop power you make up for in ultra portability. There are lots of different spreadsheet apps to choose from on the iPad, but which ones are the absolute best?


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Best spreadsheet apps for iPad: Numbers

Numbers is part of Apple's iWork suite and handles nothing but spreadsheets. It comes free with every new Mac and iOS device. You can choose from many different templates, save and export in Microsoft office format, and much more. You can even use iCloud to sync your data across all your devices so no matter which one you open a spreadsheet on, it's always up to date.

If you have an Apple ecosystem consisting of iOS devices and Macs, look no further than Numbers.

Google Drive

Best spreadsheet apps for iPad: Google Drive

Google Drive encompasses the entire Google Docs service and lets you both view and edit spreadsheets right inside the app itself. If you have shared spreadsheets with others inside of Google Drive, you can view and edit those too. It's set up much like Google Drive on the web so if you use that, you'll be right at home.

If you use Google products or want access to your spreadsheets no matter what platform you're on, Google Drive is the safest bet.


Best spreadsheet apps for iPad: GoDocs

GoDocs was made specifically for Google Docs and provides much of the same functionality as the Google Drive app. One thing I prefer about GoDocs over Google Drive app is the layout. It's also got some powerful search and filter features that Google Drive just doesn't offer.

If you're tired in Google Docs but don't particularly care for the official Google Drive app, give GoDocs a test drive.

Documents To Go

Best spreadsheet apps for iPad: Docs To Go

Documents To Go lets you store and edit many types of documents, including spreadsheets. The standard version lets you edit and manage spreadsheets and word documents. The premium version gives you the ability to edit powerpoint documents as well as sync and access files in iCloud, Google Drive, iCloud,, and SugarSync. The design isn't as great as several other spreadsheet apps but the functionality surpasses most.

If you want lots of functionality along with the ability to sync your files with any file storage service, Documents To Go is worth a look.

POLARIS Office 5

Best spreadsheet apps for iPad: POLARIS Office

POLARIS Office 5 features Microsoft Office compatibility for both viewing and editing. You can also view files in both PDF and HWP format. You can link up many different kinds of cloud storage services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, and more. POLARIS also features quite a few templates and shapes to choose from when creating spreadsheets from scratch, which sets it apart from some apps such as Google Drive which may not offer as many. I also have found that cells are much easier to manipulate and work with than some of the other options.

If you create a lot of spreadsheets from your iPad and want a wide variety of templates to choose from, POLARIS Office 5 is a safe bet.

Microsoft Excel for iPad

Best spreadsheet apps for iPad: Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel for iPad was just recently released and is Microsoft's official version. You can open and view Excel spreadsheets for free but to create, edit, and manage them — you need an Office 365 subscription which costs $120 a year. After that, you'll get all the functionality you get from the Office 365 version of Excel.

Documents 5 by Readdle

Best spreadsheet apps for iPad: Documents 5

Documents by Readdle beautifully integrates with all of Readdle's other products for an almost complete office suite. While you can't edit spreadsheets, you can view and send them along with the rest of your files inside Documents 5. It plays nicely with other apps such as Google Drive as well.

If you just need to view and send spreadsheets rather than edit them, there isn't a more elegant option than Documents 5.

Your picks?

Do you have a favorite app for editing spreadsheets? Is it one of the ones above or something different? Be sure to let me know in the comments what you use and why!

Allyson Kazmucha

iMore senior editor from 2011 to 2015.