Open files

We recommend that you view PDFs in Acrobat Reader because other viewers may not display items such as sticky notes, highlights, freehand drawing, handwritten signatures, filled form data, and more. You can open files in Acrobat Reader from:

  • Email and file attachments

  • Browsers such as Firefox, Edge, and Chrome

  • Cloud locations such as Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive

  • Your device


In workflows that ask you whether to open Acrobat just once or always, choose Always to set Acrobat as the default PDF viewer. This helps you provide broad support for the PDF standard and free PDF features such as sharing, commenting, and more.

Open a file from the cloud

You can use Acrobat Reader to work on PDFs from emails, files from Adobe cloud storage or other 3rd party storage providers, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive. The updated PDF file automatically saves back to the original cloud location. You can pre-install these supported apps or add to your account later when required.

To access a file from Adobe cloud storage, Dropbox, OneDrive, or Drive:

  1. Tap plusicon > Open files.

  1. Alternatively, go to filesicon Files page and tap one of the cloud storage options.


Note: If your account is not connected, tap Add Account and complete the workflow.

  1. Tap one of the cloud storage options.

  1. From the list that opens, navigate to any file and tap it to open in Acrobat. Any changes to the PDF are automatically saved back to the cloud location.

  2. Alternatively, tap Browse more files to navigate to other storage locations that are accessible on your device.


Open PDFs from Email

Acrobat Reader app now allows you to access all the PDFs from the associated email account. To open PDFs from email:

  1. Tap plusicon > Open file or go to filesicon Files page.

  2. Tap PDFs from emails and tap on a folder to view the list of PDFs.

  3. Tap on a PDF title to open it. You can reopen the PDF later from the list of Recent files.

  4. Tap the overflowicon to do one or more of the following:

    • View the date received and sender’s name.

    • Tap View email to read the source email.

    • Tap Edit PDF to modify the PDF file.

    • Tap Share to share the PDF file with other people.

    • Tag the file as Starred.

    • Tap Save a copy to save a copy of the PDF.

    • Tap Remove From Recent to stop the file from appearing in the Recent files list.


Open email attachments

To open PDF attached in emails:

  1. Long press the PDF attachment.

  2. In the ‘Open with’ dialog that appears, select Adobe Acrobat.

  3. Tap Always or Just once. The PDF opens in Acrobat.


Open a file from a browser

Note that different browsers may have different workflows. To open a PDF that’s open in Chrome:

  1. Tap overflowicon

  2. Tap Open with

  3. Tap Acrobat.

Open image files

Acrobat Reader app allows you to open image files in jpeg, jpg, png, and other file formats. An opened image file can be shared with others, saved as a copy, converted to PDFs, or opened in other image supporting apps available on your device.

To do so:

  1. Tap plusicon > Open files or go to filesicon Files page.

  2. Tap one of the cloud storage options.

  3. Tap the image file to open it. Then, tap the overflowicon from the top menu.

  1. In the dialog that opens, take one of the following actions as required:

    • To convert the image file to PDF, tap Create PDF.

      You need a subscription to Adobe Acrobat Premium or Adobe Acrobat Pro DC to convert image files to PDF format. Learn how to Create PDF.

    • To share the image file, tap Share. Alternatively tap shareicon from the top menu of the opened file and follow through the steps.

    • To mark the file as favorite, tap Star.

    • To save a copy of the file, tap Save a copy and select a location to save your file.

    • To open the file in other apps, tap Open With. Then, in the Open With dialog that opens, tap one of the available apps. It opens the image file in the selected app.