Digital signatures are a way of life now. We rely less on physical documents and you can digitally sign many documents legally these days. Fortunately, the number of tools for this is rather small. Only a few companies work in this segment and you probably know at least one of them. For the most part, the company you work with will select these tools for you, so this list is mostly for self-employed workers and small business owners looking for an easy solution. Here are the best digital signature apps for Android.
The best digital signature app for Android
Adobe Fill & Signature
Adobe is one of the biggest names in the industry for many tasks. Adobe Fill & Sign is one of the best digital signature apps. It has several useful features. For starters, you can use the camera to scan documents and then sign them. You can, of course, digitally sign documents that you already own.
The app works pretty well, though it can act finicky at times and put text boxes where you don’t want them. Adobe usually charges for this kind of thing, but as far as I can tell, you can use this for free.
Price: Free / $10-$40 per month
DocuSign is probably the most popular digital signature service on the internet. Many businesses use them, and you probably use them too if you sign digital documents. This app works as you would expect. You open the app, sign documents, and send your documents on their way.
You can also save signatures for faster signing later if you want. Lastly, the app also keeps track of things like login dates so you can keep things under control. The free version works for occasional documents, but you’ll need a steeper subscription if you intend to sign documents frequently or you want some extra business features.
Price: Free / $6.99 per month / $69.99 per year
Believe it or not, you can sign documents in Microsoft Word. The tutorial for doing so is here. The tutorial explains how to create a signing certificate and then how to include that certificate in a document to make it official. It’s a fairly easy process.
Microsoft Word is a handy way to digitally sign documents once you get used to the process, because it has so many other uses beyond just signing documents. Of course, you can extend functionality with Office 365 if you want an optional subscription.
Price: Free trial / $8+ per month
Signeasy is a worthy competitor to DocuSign and does a lot of the same thing. You import documents, sign them, and send them to their destination. Part of its appeal is its ability to work with a variety of file formats, including PDFs, Word documents, PNGs, and several others.
Some of its other features include support for 24 languages, integration with popular cloud storage solutions, and the ability to collect signatures directly. It’s an excellent all-in-one option, though you’ll need a subscription to do any real work. The trial version gives you three signed documents for free, but you’ll need to subscribe after that.
Price: Free / $10-$22 per month
Zoho Sign is another competent application for digital signatures. It boasts most of the same features as many of its competitors. You can create, send and sign documents, scan documents with your camera to digitize them, and it also integrates with popular cloud storage solutions.
This one stands out for its reminder function, various signing methods (signature, initials, etc.), and handy notifications when you send a document and someone signs it. Some of the controls are a bit odd, but other than that, work fine. The free version gives you five documents per month. The lowest subscription tier increases that number to 25 (and adds a few more features). Anything more expensive than that is for business use only.
Any document scanner app
Price: Free / Varies
Document scanner apps are a potentially useful way of getting from point A to point B. They all let you do pretty much the same thing as most digital signature apps. You can scan your document so you can send it for someone else to sign. This is especially useful for digitizing documents that you can then send to multiple recipients.
There are some great options in this space. CamScanner (linked below) is a good one, as is Adobe Scan, Genius Scan, and Fast Scanner. We’ve got a whole list of document scanner apps here if you want more recommendations.
Almost any web browser
Many of the services mentioned above actually work in a web browser. I have personally witnessed this as I have signed documents for college and work right from the link sent to my email. I simply click the link, load up something like DocuSign in a web browser, and I can log in from there. It’s a great way to deal with one-off digital signatures and you don’t need a full-fledged app for that.
Of course, you’ll probably want a well-supported browser, such as Firefox (linked below), to make sure all functionality is supported, but otherwise you should be fine. Here is a list of good web browsers for Android if you want more options.