How To Save Google Doc As PDF (2024)

Learn how to convert Google Docs to PDF in only 5 seconds. Do it Google's way or use our online software - both are free
Last updated on:
December 29, 2023
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Let’s go straight to the point. You’re here because:

  • You’ve got a Google Docs file (DOC/DOCX);
  • And you need to save it as PDF;
  • But you don’t (yet) know how to do it.

In this post, we’ll teach you how to save Google Docs as PDF. This works for any file that you have in Google Drive.

We’ll first teach you Google’s way, and then we’ll show you how to do it using our 100% free DOCX to PDF converter. It’s also very quick!

Can Google Docs become a PDF?

Yes, they can. All you have to is go to the “Save As” section in Google Docs and select the PDF format on the list.

Let’s now look at the detailed way of doing this.

How to save a Google Doc as PDF (for free)

In Google Docs, follow these steps: File → Download → PDF Document (.pdf), and then the download of your DOCX file will start as a PDF.

How to save Google Docs as PDF for free

You can use this method for downloading a Google Doc as PDF with any document.

  1. Select “File” (top-left corner);
  2. Click “Download”;
  3. Then “PDF Document (.pdf).

It’s really that easy! Nothing else needs to be done after this. You will notice the PDF version of your Google Doc starting to download.

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How to save a Google Doc as PDF (online)

There is another way to save a Google Doc as a PDF. This works in case you can’t access Google Doc, and it is using an online DOCX-PDF converter:

  1. Upload your PDF to SignHouse;
  2. Convert your Google Doc to PDF in 1 click;
  3. Download the PDF.

You can use our free Google Doc to PDF converter as an alternative to Google’s way.

Why can’t I download my Google Doc as a PDF?

You most likely can’t download a Google Doc as a PDF because you don’t have the permission to do so. Your best bet is to ask the document’s sharer to give you editing access to the file.


How do I save a Google Doc as a PDF on iPhone?

Save a Google Doc file as PDF using your iPhone by doing this:

  1. Open the file using your Google Docs app;
  2. Collapse the three-dot menu;
  3. Select "Share and Export";
  4. Click "Send a Copy" → "PDF".

Why does my formatting change from Google Docs to PDF?

Google Docs files (.DOCX) use different formatting than PDF files - that is why your formatting is lost when converted.

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