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:

Prototype workflows

Interact with prototypes

Shared prototypes are interactive in nature. Reviewers can interact with a prototype by either tapping on the navigation controls at the bottom, or experience simulations by performing actions such as drag, transition, audio, and speech playback.

  • When you open the prototype link for review in a browser, you can click the user profile icon in the XD web application header to see your user account details. 
interact with prototypes
A. Invite option B. Zoom settings C. Full screen mode D. Support and Feedback E. Notifications F. User profile 
  • To view all activities/notifications across the prototypes applicable to you, click the notification bell icon. 
  • At any point, if you want to access the Help or provide feedback, click the question mark icon.
  • To zoom in and out of a shared prototype, use the 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. 
  • For your shared links, the default zoom level at which it opens is the same as before.
  • 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. 

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

Reviewers can review the prototypes and share feedback with designers by adding comments on the shared prototypes. The 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