Is Microsoft Word free? Yes it’s possible


However, it is possible to access Microsoft Word for free and most modern devices are supported. Here’s how to access it.

Is Microsoft Word free? Yes, but be aware of the limitations

The short answer is simple: yes. Microsoft Word can be used free of charge.

There is an important requirement that you must fulfill. You need a Microsoft account. All modern versions of Word require you to sign in with a Microsoft account, even if you don’t intend to pay.

Using Microsoft Word for free comes with limitations. These vary depending on your platform but, in general, using a free edition of Microsoft Word will limit page formatting and setup options to a basic toolset. You won’t have access to citations, a bibliography, or advanced verification, to name a few.

Microsoft Word online

Microsoft Word Online is the fastest and easiest way to use Microsoft Word for free. It’s available through a web browser (just like Google Docs) on Windows, macOS, and Linux, and supports all major web browsers, including Edge, Chrome, Safari, and Opera. You will need an internet connection.

Word Online automatically uses Microsoft OneDrive for storage, so the documents you save are accessible on any device with an Internet connection. OneDrive’s free plan has a 5GB storage limit, but because Word documents are small, you can write and store hundreds of documents (as long as they contain only text or small images). Alternatively, you can download your Word document to your PC before closing the web browser.


Do you use Android or iOS? Word Online is not mobile-friendly, so by default the website will redirect you to the mobile app. However, you may be able to work around this problem by having the mobile browser request the desktop website. The desktop mode request process depends on your platform: Android [Request Desktop Mode on Android] or iPhone [Request Desktop Mode on iPhone].

Microsoft Office for mobile

If you go the mobile route, Microsoft offers the free Microsoft Office app for Android and iOS. You can download it from the Google Play Store on Android or Apple App Store on iOS.

The Microsoft Office application is different from the old Microsoft Word application. The Office app is the newest and best way to access Word on mobile. It bundles Word with other popular Office apps, including Excel and PowerPoint.

The app still requires a Microsoft account to set up and will save documents to OneDrive by default. Unlike Word Online, however, you can use the app offline and save documents directly to your phone or tablet.

The Office app is a bit more basic than Word Online. It can be used for editing text and for formatting, such as changing font size and color or adding bullet points, and also supports proofreading. You won’t find as many layout options, especially when used on a smartphone.


Despite this, the Office app is much better to use on mobile than Word Online, which is often buggy or slow on a mobile device. The Office app is smooth and fast, even on a years-old smartphone or tablet.

No, you cannot use the Microsoft Word application for free on PC (or Mac)

There is an important version of Microsoft Word that you cannot use for free: the local desktop application for Windows.

This is a source of confusion for those buying a new Windows computer. Most Windows installations have Office apps installed by default. It’s possible to launch the desktop Word app and view documents for free, but editing documents is locked until you pay.

The Mac app also requires payment to edit documents.

Other Ways to Use Microsoft Word for Free

Microsoft Word Online and the Microsoft Office mobile app are the most common ways to use Word for free. However, some situations may allow you to access Word without paying.

  • Access a shared Microsoft 365 Family account: Microsoft Office 365 supports Family Sharing with up to five people. It’s a great way to access Word at no extra cost.
  • Use an older version of Word with a license key: Older versions of Word don’t have the latest features, but they handle the basics. It’s worth trying an older version of Word if you have a license key.
  • Use Word Mobile (on a small screen): Microsoft offers Word Mobile on the Microsoft Store, and it’s free to use on devices with screen sizes under 10.1 inches. Larger devices can open the app but cannot use it to edit documents without payment.


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