Sign documents

The cloud-based eSign feature of Acrobat Reader allow you to sign, send, and track documents from anywhere. You can avail following eSign feature capabilities without any subscription to Adobe cloud storage product services:

  • Create a signature

  • Sign

  • Synchronize a signature across devices

  • Resize or move a signature

  • Remove your signature from a document

  • Clear a saved signature

  • Undo or redo the last action

You can also install the free Adobe Sign app. Adobe Sign is a mobile companion to the other DC products and Adobe’s enterprise-class e-sign services. It can be used to initiate and manage signature workflows and to collect e-signatures in person from a client or customer. Adobe Sign is part of Adobe’s signing ecosystem that allows you to sign, send, track, and manage signature workflows from the desktop, mobile devices, and the web.

Create a signature

You can create signatures or initials from a hand drawing, an image, or a camera picture. To do so:

  1. Open a file that is not shared or password-protected.

  2. Tap editicon > fillsignicon

  3. Tap signicon

  4. Tap Create Signature or Create Initials and do one of the following:

    • Tap Draw to hand draw a signature.

    • Tap Image to choose an image on your device.

    • Tap Camera to use your camera to capture an image of your signature.

  5. Tap Done.

Note: Enable Save Online to store the signature on the cloud and synchronize it across all your devices.


Sign a document

  1. Open any file that’s not shared and is not security protected.

  2. Tap editicon > fillsignicon

  3. Tap signicon

  4. Tap your stored signature or initials or create a new one.

  5. Tap the document move or resize the signatures.

  6. Tap outside the signature to exit signing mode.

Synchronize a signature across devices

Acrobat saves your signature and stores it in Adobe cloud storage so you can use it on desktop, web, and all mobile apps, including Acrobat Reader, Adobe Scan, and Adobe Sign.

When you create a signature, enable Save Online to store you signature to Adobe cloud storage.


Resize or move a signature

Before closing the document, you can resize or move your signature. You cannot make changes in the signature after the document is closed (or flattened). To modify signatures:

  1. Tap a newly placed signature.

  2. Drag it to a new location or drag the resize arrows to change the size.

  3. Tap outside the signature to exit signing mode.


Remove a document signature

You cannot change or remove signatures after a document is saved. To remove a signature from an open and unsaved document, tap the signature and select deleteicon


Clear a saved signature

  1. Open a signed file or file that’s supported for signing.

  2. Tap editicon > fillsignicon

  3. Tap signicon

  4. Tap clearsigicon


Undo or redo the last action

To undo or redo your last action, tap undoicon or redoicon.

Frequently asked questions

Why can’t I sign a document?

You may not be able to sign a document if the document is:

  • Shared for review

  • Shared for view-only

  • Is password-protected

Why can’t I delete a signature in a document?

Once a document is saved, the PDF is flattened and the signature cannot be removed.

Why don’t I see my comments, form data, or signatures in my PDF?

You must sign in to your Adobe Acrobat Reader account to be able to view comments, form data, and signature in your PDF.

How can I display a list of signatures in a document?

Acrobat Reader app does not support this feature currently.

Can I sign password-protected PDFs?