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Work with shared prototypes in XD

  1. Adobe XD User Guide
  2. Introduction
    1. What's new in Adobe XD
    2. Common questions
    3. Design, prototype, and share with Adobe XD
    4. Color Management
    5. System requirements
      1. Hardware and software requirements
      2. Adobe XD, Big Sur, and Apple silicon | macOS 11
    6. Workspace basics
    7. Change app language in Adobe XD
    8. Access UI design kits
    9. Accessibility in Adobe XD
    10. Keyboard shortcuts
    11. Tips and tricks
  3. Design
    1. Artboards, guides, and layers
      1. Get started with artboards
      2. Use guides and grids
      3. Create scrollable artboards
      4. Work with layers
      5. Create scroll groups
    2. Shapes, objects, and path
      1. Select, resize, and rotate objects
      2. Move, align, distribute, and arrange objects
      3. Group, lock, duplicate, copy, and flip objects
      4. Set stroke, fill, and drop shadow for objects
      5. Create repeating elements
      6. Create perspective designs with 3D transforms
      7. Edit objects using Boolean operations
    3. Text and fonts
      1. Work with drawing and text tools
      2. Fonts in Adobe XD
    4. Components and states
      1. Work with components
      2. Work with nested components
      3. Add multiple states to components
    5. Masking and effects
      1. Create a mask with shapes
      2. Work with blur effects
      3. Create and modify gradients
      4. Apply blend effects
    6. Layout
      1. Responsive resize and constraints
      2. Set fixed padding for components and groups
      3. Create dynamic designs with stacks
    7. Videos and Lottie animations
      1. Work with videos
      2. Create prototypes using videos
      3. Work with Lottie animations
  4. Prototype
    1. Create interactive prototypes
    2. Animate prototypes
    3. Object properties supported for auto-animate
    4. Create prototypes with keyboard and gamepad
    5. Create prototypes using voice commands and playback
    6. Create timed transitions
    7. Add overlays
    8. Design voice prototypes
    9. Create anchor links
    10. Create hyperlinks
    11. Preview designs and prototypes
  5. Share, export, and review
    1. Share selected artboards
    2. Share designs and prototypes
    3. Set access permissions for links
    4. Work with prototypes
    5. Review prototypes
    6. Work with design specs
    7. Share design specs
    8. Inspect design specs
    9. Navigate design specs
    10. Review and comment design specs
    11. Export design assets
    12. Export and download assets from design specs
    13. Group sharing for enterprise
    14. Back up or transfer XD assets
  6. Design systems
    1. Design systems with Creative Cloud Libraries
    2. Work with document assets in Adobe XD
    3. Work with Creative Cloud Libraries in Adobe XD
    4. Migrate from linked assets to Creative Cloud Libraries
    5. Work with design tokens 
    6. Use assets from Creative Cloud Libraries
  7. Cloud documents
    1. Cloud documents in Adobe XD
    2. Collaborate and coedit designs
    3. Coedit documents shared with you
  8. Integrations and plugins
    1. Work with external assets
    2. Work with design assets from Photoshop
    3. Copy and paste assets from Photoshop
    4. Import or open Photoshop designs
    5. Work with Illustrator assets in Adobe XD
    6. Open or import Illustrator designs
    7. Copy vectors from Illustrator to XD
    8. Plugins for Adobe XD
    9. Create and manage plugins
    10. Jira integration for XD
    11. Slack plugin for XD
    12. Zoom plug-in for XD
    13. Publish design from XD to Behance
  9. XD for iOS and Android
    1. Preview on mobile devices
    2. Adobe XD on mobile FAQ
  10. Troubleshooting
    1. Known and fixed issues
      1. Known issues
      2. Fixed issues
    2. Installation and updates
      1. XD appears as not compatible on Windows
      2. Error code 191
      3. Error code 183
      4. Issues installing XD plugins
      5.  Prompt to uninstall and reinstall XD on Windows 10
      6. Issues with preferences migration
    3. Launch and crash
      1.  XD crashes when launched on Windows 10
      2.  XD quits when you sign out of Creative Cloud
      3. Issue with subscription status on Windows
      4. Blocked-app warning when launching  XD on Windows
      5. Crash dump generation on Windows
      6. Crash log collection and sharing
    4. Cloud documents and Creative Cloud Libraries
      1. Issues with XD cloud documents
      2. Issues with linked components
      3. Issues with libraries and links
    5. Prototype, publish, and review
      1. Unable to record prototype interactions on macOS Catalina
      2. Issues with publish workflows
      3. Published  links do not appear in browsers
      4. Prototypes do not render correctly in browsers
      5. Commenting panel suddenly showing up on shared links
      6. Unable to publish libraries
    6. Import, export, and working with other apps
      1. Import and export in XD
      2. Photoshop files in XD
      3. Illustrator files in XD
      4. Export to After Effects from XD
      5. Sketch files in XD
      6. Third-party apps not visible in Export

Learn how to work with shared prototypes in XD.


Adobe XD facilitates easy collaboration between designers and reviewers on shared prototypes. As a reviewer, you can work with the prototypes in the following ways:

Let us first get familiar with the prototype link settings and options.

Get familiar with settings and options

In the prototype link, you can check your account settings, adjust zoom settings, check notifications, and invite other stakeholders:

interact with prototypes

A. Invite B. Zoom settings C. Full screen mode D. Support and feedback E. Notifications F. Account settings 

  • Invite: To invite other stakeholders to the prototype link, click Invite. When you invite a stakeholder, you can set the access-level to Can View or Can Share. You must sign in to your Adobe account to see the Invite button.
  • Zoom settings: To zoom in and out of the prototype link, use zoom settings. You can select from the pre-defined zoom increments: 25%, 50%, 75%, 100%, 150%, 200%, as needed. Alternatively, use the pinch-to-zoom gesture on the touchpad, or hold down the Cmd/Ctrl key and use the mouse wheel to scroll by smaller increments. The default zoom level at which prototype links open remain the same as before.
  • Full screen mode: Click the full screen icon to view the prototype in full screen mode. Press Esc to exit the full screen mode.
  • Support and feedback: At any time, if you want to get help or provide feedback, click the question mark icon.
  • Notifications: To view all activities/notifications across the prototypes applicable to you, click the bell icon. 
  • Account settings: To see your user account details, click the profile icon.

Interact with prototypes

Shared prototypes are interactive in nature. You can interact with a prototype by using triggers. Use triggers as defined by the designer such as tap, drag, keyboard, gamepad, and voice inputs, that result in actions such as transition, audio, speech, video, and Lottie playback. You can also use the navigation controls at the bottom of the screen.

Things to watch out for

  • If the loading screen of the prototype link has video that is set to play automatically, the video will always be muted. Click Unmute in the message you get at the bottom of the screen.
  • [Safari only] By default, auto-play of sound is disabled on Safari. To enable auto-play of sound on XD prototype links, see Enable auto-play of sound on Safari. If you enable auto-play for XD prototype links, you don't have to unmute video in future. 

To learn how video works with other interactions, see Understand interactions and video playback behavior.

Unmute video
Click Unmute in the blue banner at the bottom of the screen

Navigate prototypes

  • At the bottom of prototype, you can click the left and right arrow control buttons to move across the artboards of a prototype. Click Home to go back to the first artboard view. 
  • When you click a comment in browser app, the artboard corresponding to that comment appears on the screen. 
  • To create a more controlled environment for user testing in prototypes with wires, you can hide the pagination and navigation controls in your web prototype.

To do so, select Share > View Setting > Custom > Show Navigation Control when creating links in XD. For more information, see Share prototypes.

If the navigation controls are:

  • Enabled (default setting): prototype web app shows the Home, Back, and Next buttons.
  • Disabled: prototype web app navigation controls and the artboard numbers are not visible. You can use the defined hotspots to interact with prototypes and click the Home button to navigate to the home screen. When you open a prototype in a mobile, you can view the onboarding screen, the left/right chevrons are hidden, and the swipe gesture is disabled.
Navigation controls enabled
Navigation controls enabled

A. Home B. Previous artboard C. Next artboard 

Navigation controls disabled
Navigation controls disabled

If prototype flows have wires, you can choose to show navigation controls when publishing your prototypes.

Grid view

Grid view in prototypes and design specs makes it easier for your stakeholders or developers to quickly navigate to the most relevant artboard.

To switch to grid view, click the link name or the grid icon in the upper right corner of the shared prototype. 

Grid view

A. Grid icon with the link name B. Collapse the comments panel 

In the grid view, you can:

  • View the thumbnail representation of all the screens,
  • Count of comments on a given artboard,
  • Search for a particular artboard by its name, and
  • Click the linked screen icon to view all the linked screens for a given artboard.
Grid view

A. Number of comments on an artboard B. Click the linked screen icon to view the linked screens C. Linked screens of the artboard First Cards 

Add comments

You can review prototypes and share feedback with designers by adding comments on the shared prototypes. The prototype link is always up to date with the latest comments.


You can comment on public designs and prototypes without signing in at the first instance. 

You can sign in using your Adobe ID or choose to comment as a guest. To sign in as a guest, click Sign in as a Guest at the top of the panel. When prompted to provide a name, type a name, and enter the CAPTCHA code.

  • You can type your comments in the Make a comment section. Use Enter or Shift + Enter keys to create a new line in the comment box and Ctrl/Cmd + Enter keys to Submit the comment added.
  • Once comments are added, select the option  next to the comment thread to ResolveEdit, and Delete your comments. However, you cannot edit or delete comments added by other users.
  • Use the All Screen Comments toggle button at the lower-left corner of the comments panel to view all comments added across multiple artboards in a single view. The toggle is turned on by default in a published design specs or prototype link.
  • Click the to hide annotations or pins, and use the icon to filter the comments based on reviewer names, time, or status of comments. 
  • The blue highlight on the left indicates comments for current artboard. Clicking a comment set that is not for current artboard takes you to that artboard to set the context first. 
  • The number 3 on top of notification icon on upper-right corner of the comments panel indicates unresolved comments across multiple artboards.


Commenting features
Commenting features

A. Invite option B. Zoom settings C. Full screen mode D. Support and Feedback E. Notifications F. User profile G. Menu options for comments H. Filter comments I. Hide annotations J. All Screen Comments toggle button 

Filter comments
Filter comments

A. Filter comments by reviewers  B. Filter comments by time  C. Filter comments by status  D. Clear an added filter E. View added filter 

  • You can also play back animations or recordings that are part of any shared prototypes and add your comments as you play them. 
  • Use @mention while adding comments to view the list of other reviewers on a prototype. If you use this option, the other reviewer receives a notification through mail, and from the Creative Cloud desktop app. When the notification is clicked, it directs them to the referenced artboard.

 When an artboard is deleted in XD, the web comments for the artboard are no longer available.

For more information, see Review prototypes

Follow these steps to use a mobile browser in the portrait mode to add comments to shared prototypes on an Android or iOS mobile device:

  1. Open a shared prototype in mobile browser and use the pinch gesture to open the navigation mode.

    A comment icon appears along with number of comments on that prototype. This comment icon appears only when the owner enables commenting option on the prototype. 

    Pinch to get the navigation

  2. To view the comments panel, tap the comment icon. In this panel, you can add a comment, delete or edit existing comments, or pin a comment. 

    commenting panel

  3. Tap the pin icon and then tap anywhere on the screen to place the pin marker. To commit the comment and the pin, type the comment and tap the paper plane icon. 

    Pin marker


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