Why upgrade to Acrobat Reader DC

More powerful than other PDF software, Adobe Acrobat Reader DC is the free, trusted standard for viewing, printing and annotating PDFs. And now, it’s connected to Adobe Document Cloud — so it’s easier than ever to work with PDFs on computers and mobile devices.

Upgrading to Acrobat Reader DC is free. See What's new in Acrobat Reader DC.

How to opt-out of upgrade to Acrobat Reader DC?

When you see a prompt to upgrade your Adobe Reader X or XI to Reader DC, you can follow the prompt to decide whether you want to upgrade to Reader DC or opt-out of the upgrade.

Steps to opt-out of upgrade for Reader XI

  1. When you open a document in Adobe Reader XI, an in-app prompt is displayed below the toolbar as shown in the screenshot below. Choose Opt-out from the Upgrade drop-down menu.

    In-app notification for upgrade or opt-out

    Alternatively, if you see the following toast notification for upgrading your Reader XI to Reader DC, click anywhere in the notification pop-up.

    Notification for upgrading your Reader to Reader DC
  2. The Adobe Reader Updater dialog box is displayed.

    Choose an appropriate option from the drop-down:

    • Upgrade: Upgrade your Reader to the latest Reader DC.
    • Remind me later: Shows the notification after seven days.
    • Opt-out: Don't upgrade and stop showing the notification to upgrade to Reader DC.
  3. Click OK.

Steps to opt-out of upgrade for Reader X

  1. You see one of the following toast notifications for upgrading your Reader X to Reader DC.


  2. Click anywhere in the notification pop-up. The Adobe Reader Updater dialog box is displayed.

    Choose an appropriate option from the drop-down:

    • Upgrade: Upgrade your Reader to the latest Reader DC.
    • Remind me later: Shows the notification after seven days.
    • Opt-out: Don't upgrade and stop showing the notification to upgrade to Reader DC.
  3. Click OK.

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