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I need to edit a simple plain text file. Is there a built-in text editor that comes with Android? I have Android 7, LG Stylo 3.

I just need to open a text file, and enter some words: cat dog etc

I need to edit text, then share it via email or have it saved in Android file system so I can share it later.

Second question: if there is no such a thing, what is the simplest plain text editor app available for such task?

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No AFAICT, unless it it is preinstalled by the device manufacturer, for example some devices like Xiaomi, Huawei come with a preinstalled document editor (WPS), which not allows you to view but to edit text files as well.

As suggested above, stock android only comes with with text viewer , not editor, in any case if you need to install it, please see Izzy's list of suggested text editors

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Yes. I'm on Lenovo k8 note right now which is running stock Android 8.0. I was looking if it has some built-in text editor like vi in unix based systems. I installed terminal emulator and looked for vi, vim and nano but got no luck. Then I tried sed(Stream EDitor) which also comes preinstalled with most unix based systems, and it worked well. So, yeah you can use sed to do some command line text manipulation.

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  • This does not answer the question. On Android you have no command line. You should delete this wrong answer.
    – Elmue
    Dec 28, 2023 at 21:47

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