How to Install or Update Free Adobe Reader

By Techwalla Contributor

If you have trouble viewing documents online, your computer may not have Adobe Reader, or your Adobe Reader may be an out-of-date version. A quick trip to the Adobe website can solve either problem.

Things You'll Need

  • computer
  • internet access

Step 1

Open your Internet browser and navigate to the Adobe website.

Step 2

Look for the section entitled "Download." Select "Adobe Reader" from the list.

Step 3

Verify the Adobe Reader on the page is compatible with your computer system. The website detects your platform and displays the version it considered to be the most compatible. If the version is not correct, click "Do you have a different language or operating system?" to go to a page where you can input your operating system and language information.

Step 4

Click "Download now." Wait while the file downloads. If needed, double-click the .dmg file to expand it.

Step 5

Click the install package. Follow the on-screen directions to install Adobe Reader.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have a previous version of Adobe, a pop-up will ask you to repair or remove older version. Click Repair to save time. If Adobe still does not work after installation. Repeat process but Remove old version of Adobe instead of Repairing.
  • If any additional pop-up boxes appear at any point during this process. Click Ok, Run, Download, or Install as needed.
  • Adobe updates Reader periodically. After the initial installation, Adobe sends a reminder when a new version is available. Update when prompted to remain current.