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How to open and edit Word documents in Apple pages on your iPhone «iOS & iPhone :: Gadget Hacks



There is no doubt that Microsoft Word is the go-to for companies around the world. As such, you can have Word documents open on your iPhone, whether you really have Word for iOS installed or not. If you prefer to edit text documents with Pages, Apple's own word processor, you can easily import and export Word documents.

When you first open Pages, you can choose to start a new document or open an existing document through the built-in File Manager. If you've already saved a Word document somewhere on your iPhone, iCloud Drive, or through third-party cloud storage, you can open it without any problem by just tapping it.

Article above, right? Obviously not. It's easy to open a .doc or .docx file from File Manager, but what about in emails or messages? Vintage does not open it on pages.

The essential function may not be obvious at first. Depending on whether you run iOS 1

2 or iOS 13, your iPhone can make it easy to open Word documents in Pages, or it can hide the feature from plain sight. For example, in iOS 12, you can tap a Word document directly from the Files app itself to open it on Pages, but in iOS 13, it doesn't work that way. We show you how to open the files in these situations, no matter what version of iOS you may be running right now.

Important Information

No matter how you open a Word document or from where Pages creates a .pages copy to work from within the app and saves it to your default location in the Files app, probably the "Pages" folder on iCloud Drive. So the original Word file remains unchanged – it will never be overwritten. To share the pages document as a Word document to someone else, you must export it as a .docx file to another location or app.

Open a Word document from Mail & Other Apps

Let's say you just sent a .doc or .docx to review. Simple, right? Not so much. When you click on the download, it opens a quick look at the preview of it.

In iOS 12 and below, you can also peek and pop for the 3D Touch preview. In iOS 13, you can press and tap "Quick Look" to also open the preview. (Not all apps support these shortcuts. For example, iOS 13 messages only support tapping to preview while they also support long press.)

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  How to open and edit Word documents in Apple pages on your iPhone
Preview in iOS 12 (left) versus iOS 13 (right)

Alternatively, you can open the sharing sheet without using Quick Look first. To do so, long press on the downloaded file. On a device that uses 3D Touch in iOS 12 or later, tap and hold instead. The stock sheet opens just for iOS 12 and later, but on iOS 13 you have to hit "Share". (Not all apps support this, for example, notifications. Email obviously does.)