Learn how to redeem your Adobe purchase, convert a redemption code to a serial number, use a redemption code to activate an Adobe Creative Cloud membership or Acrobat DC subscription, and more.

If you purchased your Adobe product from a retailer or an Adobe reseller, you may have received a redemption code. Redeem this code before you can start using your product.

Adobe offers different types of products and redemption codes. Scan through the options below and select the relevant offer for information on how to redeem your code.

If you are unsure of the type of code you have, see Types of codes.

Subscription - Retail Edition

 Visit Redeem your Creative Cloud membership or Redeem your Acrobat DC subscription

 Sign in or create an Adobe ID. 

 Enter the redemption code, and then click Activate Membership.

Example: Creative Cloud

Subscription – Student and Teacher Edition

 Visit Redeem your Creative Cloud membership.

 Sign in or create an Adobe ID. 

 Validate your academic status by completing the provided form.

Example: Creative Cloud Student and Teacher Edition


Non-subscription Retail product

 Visit Redeem your purchase.

 Sign in or create an Adobe ID.

 Enter the redemption code for your product, and then click Redeem.

Example: Photoshop Elements, Premiere Elements, Adobe Captivate

Non-subscription Education product

 In North America? Visit the eligibility verification page. Not in North America? Visit the Adobe Customer Support Portal.

 Sign in or create an Adobe ID.

 Validate your academic status. 

Example: Acrobat Professional 2017


Redeem your code

Depending on the plan or product for which you want to redeem a code, choose one of these options:

Subscription – Retail Edition

Redemption code required

  1. Sign in or create an Adobe ID.

  2. Enter the redemption code, and then click Activate Membership.

    Redeeming your code
    Redeeming your code

  3. Accept the Terms and conditions.

  4. In the credit card page, enter your credit card details, and click Save. To skip entering credit card details, click Remind me later. Entering credit card details helps ensure the continuity of your subscription.

     

  5. Download and install the software.

Note:

If you have an existing subscription, see I have an active subscription. How do I use a redemption code?

Subscription – Student and Teacher Edition

Redemption code required

  1. Sign in or create an Adobe ID.

  2. Validate your academic status by completing the form.

    Redeeming your code
    Redeeming your code

  3. Enter your redemption code.

  4. Accept the Terms and conditions.

  5. In the credit card page, enter your credit card details, and click Save. To skip entering credit card details, click Remind me later. Entering credit card details helps ensure the continuity of your subscription.

  6. Download and install the software.

Note:

If you have an existing subscription, see I have an active subscription. How do I use a redemption code?

Non-subscription Retail product

Redemption code required

Follow these steps to retrieve the serial number required to install your software:

  1. Sign in or create an Adobe ID.

  2. Enter the redemption code, and then click Redeem.

  3. Make a note of the displayed serial number.

  4. Enter the serial number when prompted during installation.

  5. Save the redemption code for future access to your serial number in case you require to reinstall the software.

Note:

The redemption code and serial number are not interchangeable. Ensure that you enter your serial number during installation. 

Non-subscription Education product

Product code required

Validate your eligibility for a perpetual student/teacher edition before you can proceed with installing the software.

If you are in North America, visit the eligibility verification page, enter the product code, and complete a student/teacher validation form.  A serial number is sent to you within 1-2 business days.  

If you are outside North America, complete the student/teacher validation form located in the Adobe Customer Support Portal. A serial number is sent to you within 2-4 days.

You can download and install your Student and Teacher Edition software in trial mode while waiting for a serial number from Adobe.

You can use the software for a limited time in trial mode. After the trial period ends, the Student and Teacher Edition requires a serial number for continued use.  

I have an active subscription. How do I use a redemption code?

If you already have an active subscription, you can still use a redemption code for the same subscription or a different subscription. Depending on whether you purchased your subscription with the same or a different Adobe ID, your redemption code is adjusted against your current subscription in different ways.

Choose the option below that applies to you:

If you purchased your subscription with the same Adobe ID

If you already have the same plan or product, and redeem with the same Adobe ID:  

  • If your payment plan is Annual plan, paid monthly, Adobe stops charging your credit card after you redeem the code. After the redemption code subscription term expires, Adobe resumes charging your credit card.
  • If your payment plan is Annual plan, prepaid, the redemption code term is added to the end of the paid subscription term.

Note:

If you redeem a redemption code with the same Adobe ID for a different product, your subscription runs parallel to your existing paid subscription. For example, consider a scenario where you have an existing subscription to the Creative Cloud Photography plan with 20 GB of storage. However, you have a redemption code for the Creative Cloud All Apps plan. In this case, if you redeem the redemption code, your subscription to Creative Cloud All Apps runs concurrently with the existing Creative Cloud Photography plan.

If you purchased your subscription with a different Adobe ID

If you redeem a redemption code with a different Adobe ID for the same or different plan or product, your subscription runs parallel to your existing paid subscription.

If you purchased your subscription from a reseller

You can purchase your subscription from any reseller that distributes Adobe products through redemption codes. In this case, your redemption works in the same way as the subscription purchased from the Adobe website, except if your payment plan is Annual plan, paid monthly. This plan is not sold through the reseller channel.

If you are in a country served by Digital River

In some countries, Adobe customers are served by Digital River, an authorized Adobe reseller. Here is a list of countries served by Digital River

If you purchased your current subscription from the Adobe website, you receive an error message “INVALID CODE” when you attempt to redeem your code. Do one of the following:

  • Contact Adobe Customer Care to cancel the existing paid subscription before the auto-renewal date. 24 hours after the cancellation, redeem the redemption code with the same Adobe ID.
  • Redeem the redemption code with a different Adobe ID. In this case, your existing paid subscription continues to renew automatically, and run parallel to the new subscription under a different Adobe ID.

If you purchased your existing subscription from a reseller (not from the Adobe website), and received a redemption code in a country where you can also purchase directly from the Adobe website:

  • Your subscription is extended if you have the same product, and redeem with the same Adobe ID.

Note:

You cannot purchase an ABM subscription plan from a reseller. This plan in not sold through the reseller channel.

If you have a PUF subscription plan, the redemption code term is added to the end of the paid subscription term.

  • Your subscription runs parallel to your existing paid subscription if you redeem a redemption code with the same Adobe ID for a different product.
  • Your subscription runs parallel to your existing paid subscription if you redeem a redemption code with a different Adobe ID for the same product or a different product.

Troubleshooting redemption code problems

Looking for quick answers? Here are some common questions and solutions.

My redemption code is invalid. What’s going on?

Try these solutions:

  • Make sure that you typed the code correctly. Redemption codes contain both letters and numbers. It’s easy to confuse some numbers and letters, such as zero and one with the letters "0" and "I."
  • Make sure that you're entering the code at the correct redemption site. You could have entered the redemption code for a perpetual product instead of for a subscription, or for a subscription instead of for a perpetual product. Be sure that you enter the code at the redemption site noted on your insert, card, or email. Go to Redeem a redemption code for Subscription retail products or Redeem your purchase for Perpetual retail products.
  • Try redeeming the code from a different browser.
  • Make sure that the code you are entering is a redemption code and not some other type of code. Other codes—such as a numeric UPC code on your insert, card, or email—are not your redemption code. To double-check that you do indeed have a redemption code, see Types of codes.
  • Access your account information. You may have your subscription or product available and registered in your Adobe account. For more information on your Adobe ID account, see Manage your Adobe ID account.

I can’t find my redemption code sticker.

Your 24-digit redemption code can be found under the silver scratch-off label on product cards, on an insert in a boxed product, or included in the body of an email if you did not purchase a physical product.  Contact your reseller if your product is missing the redemption code.

Help! I’m getting this error: "Oops! This card was purchased in a country that doesn’t match your Adobe ID. You can try signing in with a different Adobe ID or get in touch with us for assistance.”

I keep getting prompted for a serial number while trying to launch an app or sign in to my Creative Cloud account. I thought I didn’t need a serial number for Creative Cloud.

You’re right—you don’t need a serial number. You may, however, need to activate your Creative Cloud membership.

For solutions to this issue, see Troubleshoot when Creative Cloud apps ask for serial number.

Types of codes

Code Description Example
Redemption code A redemption code is 24 alphanumeric digits J72D-I83E-N87F-213E-B980-K915
Product code A product code can be 19 numbers; or 21 or 22 alphanumeric digits.
  • 19-digit number:  000-6219-8721-6757-3308
  • 21-character alphanumeric example:  PREP2-8725-0927-7937-6725
  • 22-character alphanumeric example:  APROM2-5305-3616-9318-0982
Serial number A serial number is 24 numbers only. 8721-0892-0867-4459-9223-2874

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