How to Update Adobe Acrobat

by Andrew Meer

By default, Adobe Acrobat DC updates itself automatically whenever new updates are detected. If automatic updates are disabled, however, use Adobe Acrobat's manual updater to check for new updates or use the Preferences window to re-enable automatic updates.

Check for Updates

Open the Help menu and then click Check for Updates. If updates are detected, click Download to install the updates. If no new updates are available, click Close.


  • Acrobat Reader DC also features a Check for Updates option on the Help menu that lets you manually check for new updates.

Enable Automatic Updates

Open Preferences window.

Open the Edit menu and then click Preferences.

Enable automatic updates.

Click the Updater side-tab on the left pane. Check the box next to Automatically Install Updates and then click OK.


  • Automatic updates are forced in Acrobat Reader DC, with no option to turn them on or off. Earlier versions such as Adobe Reader 11, however, feature an Updater option on the Preferences window that lets you turn on automatic updates.

About the Author

As an ardent tech fan, Andrew Meer loves writing about the latest in computer hardware and software. Since 2006, he has worked as a level designer and programmer for various video game companies. Meer holds a Bachelor of Science in game and simulation programming from DeVry University, California.