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Managing Your PDF eBooks with Multiple Devices

Working with all your course material, and completing your work on various devices as you move throughout your day, can pose a challenge. Thankfully, the latest version of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software includes a powerful feature called Adobe Document Cloud.

Now it’s as simple as opening your PDF in Adobe Reader DC and choosing Save As > Document Cloud. That’s it! Then on any of your devices, as long as you are logged into your Adobe account, you can open the latest version of the file, complete with all your notes and fill-in-the-blank answers synchronized.

If you are using your mobile device to download the file for the first time, rather than downloading it on a computer and then syncing to Adobe Cloud, follow these directions:

  1. Ensure you have the Adobe Acrobat Reader app installed (see below).
  2. Click the download link for the PDF.
  3. When it opens in your browser, tap the screen.
  4. In the menu that appears near the top of the screen, tap “Open in…”
  5. Tap “Copy to Adobe Acrobat.”
  6. When it opens in the Adobe app, if you’d like to have access to it on multiple devices, tap the square with the up arrow near the bottom of the screen and choose “Save to Document Cloud.”

These steps are specific to iPhone/iPad but should be similar for other types of mobile devices. On Android, you would tap the 3 dots on the top right of the screen to open the PDF in the Adobe app.

Direct Links to Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

Get the latest version of this free software for all your devices.

Download for Windows or Mac here.
(Windows version 7 or higher. Computers with Vista or XP are only able to download an older version without Document Cloud.)

Additional Help

Tips:

  • Always remember to open the version of the file that’s saved in Document Cloud. You can easily identify which version this is in your recent documents list because it will have a cloud icon next to it. (The device you originally download your PDF to will also have a separate local copy.) Your changes will only be synchronized when you open and edit the version stored in Document Cloud.
  • As it can add unnecessary confusion, for most people we recommend that you leave the “Mobile Link” option disabled, and only save the files to the cloud that you need access to from multiple devices.

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