Mendeley for Android – Launching in June!


It’s finally happening.  This June (three short months from now) we will be launching the first version of Mendeley for Android! We’ve done everything we can to ensure that we’ve built an app that sets a new standard for quality in the world of Android reference management apps.


  • Read, highlight & annotate PDFs from anywhere
  • Sync annotations & documents across all your devices
  • Browse your Mendeley library and groups online or offline
  • Search your library for keywords in the Title, Authors, Publication or Abstract
  • Save PDFs to your Mendeley library from other apps or your web browser
  • Edit document details (Title, Authors, Publication details, etc…)
  • Download or remove PDFs on demand, to easily manage device storage space
  • All features are available on your Tablet or Phone
  • Fully compatible with Android Lollipop (supports Jellybean 4.1.2 and above)
  • Plus it’s FREE!

Design & Quality

When we set out over a year ago to create this Android app, our goal was to create an app that felt fully at home on your Android device, but was consistent enough with our iOS app to enable us to develop features quickly and easily across both platforms.  Like our other apps, we aimed for a clean, professional feeling design that fades into the background and lets you focus on the content as you work or study.


We’ll be busy finishing up and testing the final bits and pieces over the next couple of months, with the help of our 40 amazing beta testers.  Here’s what some of them have been saying:

 “Finally a free, robust, clean, simple and efficient application, the piece that was lacking in the reference management family. It takes academic productivity to another level.”

photoJorge Sinval
Researcher / Double PhD Student

“What makes having Mendeley on Android so significant for me, is that for the first time since I started my career I don’t have to print out papers to be able to read them. Reading them on a tablet works great, especially now that we can also highlight text.”

photo-1Dr. Jan Aerts
Assistant Professor

We know waiting is hard, but we can’t wait to get it into your hands and hear what you think.  Remember, this is only the beginning.  We have a bunch of great mobile improvements planned for later in the year on both iOS and Android.

Watch for the release announcement in June here on the blog, or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or Google Plus.

25 thoughts on “Mendeley for Android – Launching in June!

  1. Great! Do you plan to have some way of metadata importing from I (and, I believe, most of other mathematicians and also physicists, computer scientists and quantitative biologists) read papers mostly from arXiv, and having a way to import all the metadata (such as title, authors and abstract) instead of typing it would ease the usage of the app enormously.

    • @peter When you add PDFs to your library via “Open with… Mendeley” on your Android device, the app will attempt to fetch metadata for that article. It will use the same cloud based metadata extraction service that our new web library uses. You can try uploading a few files on to see what the quality is like. It won’t be perfect, but it should be a lot better than having to type everything every time. Official web importer support for Android will be coming a bit further down the line too.

  2. I am eager to see it (as I write this on an android device) but:

    I have an institutional subscription to Endnote, which I use for only citation (and having tried the end the entire field, they are still the most sophisticated in this one but important matter), but no Android support, and a disastrous online version. Even though I have Endnotes’ *free* and unlimited storage, it’s unusable.

    I pay for unlimited storage with Zotero that has also no Android support, no file preview, and an interface that is slow and clunky, but no one in the field can match their web importer, really no one comes close and that’s a big part of my research flow.

    So far Mendeley was always in second place (or third for price of storage) and it’s frustrating enough to juggle two platforms to get all the features I need. I really don’t want to split it in three but android support – if actually decent – may be enough to ditch Zotero and even pay 50% more in storage fees.

  3. I’d be more than willing to help beta test it on my Nexus 9 if required!

  4. Cannot wait. Mendele is the best reference manager and PDF library for the desktop, but it was lacking this critical support for android tablets and phones. I would love if it is still possible to be a beta-tester.

  5. I also suggest that you start beta testing and get feedback from users as early as possible! At this stage it may not be much you can do about overall resource utilization, but I would also strongly recommend that you try to make the app lean and light on resources and avoid the mistake of assuming that everybody should have the latest and greatest tablet with 4 GB of memory.

  6. I would like to help with beta-Testing if possible! I am an android developer and chemist.

  7. Great news. Long awaited. Mendeley on Android will be very helpful indeed, and will contribute to better use of time. Well done and thank you to the development team. Martyn

  8. Waiting for it from a long time.Thank you for this wonderful gift to research community.Thakyou again

  9. The s-pen in the galaxy note line of samsung tablets is very precise for highlighting. I hope the app can support pen input. I’m willing to beta test it as well.

  10. Search by Tags? It’s the one thing lacking from all the existing Mendeley android substitutes, and not mentioned in your functions above. I really miss being able to filter documents based on the tags I have applied, and hope you can find a way to work it in. Really looking forward to an official mendeley android app. Fantastic!

  11. Thats so great! Will be a great help for my research.

    If you need testers who can also do some Android debugging, don’t hesitate to ask me 😉

  12. Congratulations. This iniciative, in the mobility age, was very necessary.

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