While nothing is going to beat the convenience of using a laptop or desktop PC to create and edit spreadsheets, sometimes you need to do it on your iPad or iPhone.

We’ve taken a look at the best app for the job, as well as some handy alternatives.

The best


+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-04-01 :: Category: Game


It’s a close one this time, but Apple’s own Numbers is the best spreadsheet app for your iPhone or iPad. With support for Multi-Touch gestures, as well as Smart Zoom, you can get a lot done through your iOS device.

Over 30 templates are available, alongside 250+ different features and it’s easy to add tables, charts, images, and texts to what you’re doing, before saving to the iCloud and using it across multiple devices.

Honorable Mentions

Microsoft Excel

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2014-03-27 :: Category: Game


A close runner up, Microsoft Excel falters slightly because of its subscription based requirements for unlocking the full product.

Still, there's a free 30 day trial for you to experiment with and it’s easy to create and edit spreadsheets, develop formulas and place charts to show off your findings.


iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Released: 2009-12-17 :: Category: Game


Grid isn’t like a regular spreadsheet app. It works on a grid like basis, but with you forming ideas through graphs, rather than sharing them as part of a business presentation.

It has its uses though, and for those looking for a different way of arranging information, it’s free and convenient.

Docs To Go Standard

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2009-06-14 :: Category: Game


Docs To Go Free isn’t the prettiest of solutions but it’s ideal for editing all manner of Microsoft Office based files and viewing PDFs.

You can use it to sort and freeze panes, format numbers, and apply 111 different functions.

The search features are also pretty extensive, ensuring you won’t be floundering as you figure out what you’re doing. The free version is supported by ads.

What's your favourite spreadsheet app to take on the go? Let us know in the comments below!

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