Home / Mint-lounge / Features /  How it works: Google add-ons for Docs and Sheets apps for Android phones

The concept of add-ons and extensions is often associated with desktop apps. These tools help users enhance the utility of the apps to which they are linked. Google is trying to implement the concept in two of its smartphone apps, Google Docs and Sheets. Now, Android smartphone users can extensively work on a set of add-ons while using Google Docs and Sheets on the phone.

How it works

Though a unique concept for smartphones, the way it works is similar to the add-ons for the Chrome desktop browser. But the slight difference compared to the desktop platforms is that these add-ons don’t exactly install within the Docs and Sheets, but is embedded in an Android phone as stand-alone apps, deeply integrated with Docs and Sheets. To access the integration, one needs the latest version of both Google Docs and the add-on on smartphones. In Google Docs, add-ons will show as a separate option in the app menu. The number of add-ons available with the apps is very small but given the growing use of smartphones for work-related tasks, more service is likely to be available on it soon.

Here are some of the top add-ons for Sheets and Docs.


Popular document and QR code scanner app Scanbot can now be used to scan a printed document and insert it as editable text in Google Docs. Similarly, it can be used to scan QR codes and use the text on the web page as an editable file in Google Docs. In case you want to scan and add multiple pages at once, you can scan the pages and Scanbot will save them on Docs in the order in which you have saved the scans.


DocuSign converts your physical signature into a digital signature and then keeps it secure on your smartphone. It is useful for people who use their signatures to sign documents online. The integration with Docs means you can sign a document and send it over mail without leaving the Docs app or switching to the DocuSign app.


ProsperWorks is a cloud-based CRM solution which allows companies to track sales opportunities and customer behaviour. The solution already works with Google Drive and Gmail for desktop. Now, the integration with Sheets allows users to pull their ProsperWorks CRM data into Sheets on smartphone. Users can carry out the editing and enter data from Sheets itself and save it back.

Teacher Aide

This is a unique data management app designed for teachers who like to maintain performance records, assignment reports and add remarks on students. This app can prove to be very handy during student evaluations during parent-teacher meets. The integration with Google Sheets now allows teachers to carry out edits in a more user-friendly manner. Earlier, one had to navigate and make changes within the Teacher Aide app.

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