I've got the same problem
What is the iOS version on your iPad?
Would you tell us which iOS app that you are using to view the PDF document?
For iPads and iPhones, there are a handful of iOS apps that show previews of PDF documents.
The one that is shown in the screenshot above is not Acrobat Reader for iOS (the latest version as of April 18, 2016 is 16.04.05).
For instance, Acrobat Reader (version 16.04.05) does not show a document name in the top toolbar.
It does not have the floating toolbar near the bottom, either.
So it appears that the PDF document is opened in some other app.
When you tap the Close button in the upper-left corner, you should see the app that originally opened the PDF document.
Would you tap the Share icon in the upper-right corner to see if you can find the "Open In" option and open the PDF document in Acrobat Reader instead?
Do you still have the problem with the text after you open the PDF document in Acrobat Reader?
My iOS version in my iPhone is 9.3.1 (13E238) and my Acrobat Reader version is 16.04.05 (141508)
I always use this method "open in" and choose Acrobat Reader, but I have this same problem.
Would you please share your PDF documents with us (Adobe) so that we can investigate the cause of the problem?
I sent both of you forum private messages with the instructions on how to share your PDF documents with us.
Would you tell us which app you used to add text to the PDF documents? Did you use Acrobat Reader on iPad/iPhone to add text (as well as opening the PDF document)?
I am not able to reproduce the problem if I add text and view a PDF document (i.e. perform both operations) in Acrobat Reader for iOS. So I am trying to figure out where the problem starts.
Thank you for your help!
I would like to give you an update on the problem that you reported in this forum thread.
Some iOS apps with PDF preview capabilities have problems displaying Text annotations correctly.
The following apps can display Text annotations in the original and correct positions.
- Acrobat Reader for iPhone and iPad
- Dropbox (for iPhone and iPad)
- Acrobat Reader DC (for Windows or Mac)
- Apple Preview (for Mac)
However, Apple's Mail, iBooks, and other third-party iOS apps that use Apple's iOS SDK show Text annotations in wrong positions due to an Apple bug.
- Mail (for and
- iBooks (for and
- Google Drive (for and
- Gmail (for and
- Microsoft OneDrive (for and
Here are the screenshots of a PDF document (not an interactive PDF form) with Text annotations in various iOS apps on an iPad running iOS 9.3.1.
Acrobat Reader for iPhone an iPad
A workaround is to open a PDF document with Text annotations in Acrobat Reader (mobile and desktop apps).
- For iPad, see How to open PDF documents in Adobe Acrobat Reader for iOS (iPad version)
- For iPhone, see How to open PDF documents in Adobe Acrobat Reader for iOS (iPhone version)
Hope this helps.