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.

Acrobat Reader DC

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC is set up for automatic updates by default. It does not provide any UI option in the preferences to control this setting.

IT Administrators can control the update settings using the Adobe Customization Wizard DC or the Windows Registry.

Adobe Acrobat DC

Updates are delivered via two options:

  • Install updates automatically (recommended): Acrobat Reader DC and Acrobat DC 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 recommended since it does not require end-user intervention. It is the best way to keep Acrobat Reader DC and Acrobat DC up-to-date and more secure.
  • Manually check for and install updates: Acrobat Reader DC and Acrobat DC don't check for updates. Instead, the user selects Check for Updates. This option is the least secure and only recommended in organizations that use other methods of deploying updates to their systems.

Reader and Acrobat XI

You can control the update settings in Acrobat/ Reader preferences.

  1. Go to Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Acrobat /Adobe Reader > Preferences (Mac OS).
  2. In the left pane, select Updater.

 

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).

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