Install updates for Acrobat and Reader Technical Support & Service


Adobe Acrobat and Reader can regularly check for important updates and install them for you. These updates can include important security fixes and product enhancements.


Reader and Acrobat XI

Version 11 provides four update options:

  • Automatically install updates (recommended): The product regularly checks for important updates, downloads them, and installs them automatically. When finished, you are alerted via a small message in the system tray that your software has been updated. This method is the best way to keep Adobe Acrobat and Reader up-to-date and more secure.
  • Automatically download updates, but let me choose when to install them: The product regularly checks for important updates and downloads them. Before the update can be installed, Adobe Acrobat and Reader prompt you to start the installation.
  • Notify me, but let me choose when to download and install updates: The product regularly checks for important updates and notifies you when one is ready to download and install.
  • Do not download or install updates automatically: The product doesn't check for updates. Instead, you choose when to look for updates using Help > Check For Updates. This option is the least secure, and only recommended in organizations that use other methods of deploying updates to their systems.

If you decide to change these options in the future, they are available in the Preferences settings, under Updater (choose Edit > Preferences).

Reader and Acrobat X

Version 10 provides three update options:

  • Install updates automatically (recommended): The product regularly checks for important updates, downloads them, and installs them automatically. When finished, you are alerted via a small message in the system tray that your software has been updated. This method is the best way to keep Adobe Acrobat and Reader up to date and more secure.
  • Download updates for me, but let me choose when to install them: The product regularly checks for important updates and downloads them. Before the update can be installed, Adobe Acrobat and Reader prompt you to start the installation.
  • Manually check for and install updates: The product doesn't check for updates. Instead, you choose when to look for updates using Help > Check For Updates. This option is the least secure and recommended only in organizations that use other methods of deploying updates to their systems.

If you decide to change these options in the future, they are available in the Preferences settings, under Updater (choose Edit > Preferences).

  • Updating automatically from the product
  • Updating Adobe Reader on the web
  • Updating Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat manually Applies to: Acrobat Reader

Adobe recommends that users update to the latest version to take advantage of security and stability improvements. Updates can be installed as described below.
For information about the latest version, see the Release Notes.

Updating automatically from the product

To install Adobe Reader and Acrobat updates from Adobe Updater, do the following:

  • Launch Adobe Reader or Acrobat.
  • Choose Help > Check for Updates.
  • Follow the steps in the Updater window to download and install the latest updates.

Updating Adobe Reader on the web

  • Open Reader and choose Help > About Adobe Reader. Note your product version.
  • Go to the Adobe Reader Downloads page. The web page automatically detects your OS and Reader version.
  • If the web page indicates that a newer version is available, choose Install Now.

Updating Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat manually

Installers for all supported products also appear on the product download pages (except for the full Acrobat). You can download and manually install these products as follows:

  • 1. Open the product.
  • 2. Choose Help > About Acrobat or Adobe Reader.
  • 3. Note the version.
  • 4. Close the product.
  • 5. If you do not have the latest version installed, download the needed installer from the following locations:
  • Adobe Reader full installers and updates for Windows
  • Adobe Reader full installers and updates for Mac OS
  • Adobe Acrobat updates for Windows
  • Adobe Acrobat updates for Mac OS
  • 6. Click the installer to start the installation process.