Currently using Google Drive version and I have a .docx document in my drive that doesn't download to the phone as a .docx document. It downloads as a .pdf document. I tried looking for options similar to those found in a web browser which allows you to 'Download as', but the Android app doesn't have that option. It automatically converts the .docx document to PDF and then downloads it.

Any way to download a document to Android from Google Drive in its original format?

  • I may have a slightly an older vesion than yours (2.17.372.10.45) but I am pretty sure it downloads the .docx file without converting to "pdf) as you mention. Do you have a word reader installed on you device? other than that Iam not sure why that is happening Commented Jul 14, 2018 at 8:11
  • Drive on Android doesn't permit that as you discovered. You would need to use a third party office app like this
    – beeshyams
    Commented Jul 14, 2018 at 8:34

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You can download docx documents as stated here:

Which file formats can I download?

You can download files in these formats:

  • Documents: HTML, RTF, DOCX, OpenOffice, PDF, EPUB, Text.
  • Spreadsheets: CSV, HTML, ODS, PDF, XLSX, TXT (only for a single sheet).
  • Presentations: PDF, PPTX, TXT.
  • Drawings: PNG, JPEG, SVG, PDF.

Using version of Google Drive, it does not convert docx documents to pdf.

  1. Open Google Drive, go to the folder your file is located.
  2. Click on the 3-dot, then click Download.


If you are still unable to download documents as docx, verify that you have not by mistake converted it to pdf,

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