Dial a Phone from a PDF Link on Mobile Devices

Clients and customers often review PDFs on their mobile phones. Perhaps you’ve sent an Intake Agreement to your client which they open on their iPhone or Android device.  Your client then has a question and they want to call you.

Your phone number appears on the PDF you sent, but your client needs to know how to copy it, then paste it into the dialer application on their phone. That’s a hassle. Wouldn’t it be great if they could simply click the phone number in the PDF and dial the phone?

Yep, that’s possible! This capability is also very useful to add to your marketing brochures. Why not make it easy for potential clients to contact you?

Add a Phone Dialer Link to a PDF

You can add a special URL to a link so that it will dial the phone. Here’s how to add a “Dial the Phone” URL in Acrobat.

  1. Open a PDF document
    A) Choose the Selection tool
    B) Highlight a phone number
  2. With the phone number highlighted, right-click and choose “Create Link”:
    Create Link Option
  3. The Create Link window opens.
    A) Set the Link Action to”Open a Web Page”
    B: Click the Next button002_create_link_window_1 
  4. Enter the phone number you wish to dial in the following format: tel:3125558888
    NOTE: Do not add any spaces or dashes.
    A) Enter phone number into URL field
    B) Click OK003_enter_phone_number_r2
  5. Save the document.

What happens on the mobile device?

When your client or customer clicks on the phone number, it will open the dialer application on the phone:



I’ve tested this on Adobe Reader Mobile on both Android and iOS, but other PDF viewers may also support this.

If the recipient opens the PDF on a desktop or tablet device, the link will be ignored.

7 Responses to Dial a Phone from a PDF Link on Mobile Devices

  1. Edgar Torres says:

    Have you tried the sms: URI?
    I got the tel: and mailto: working on PDF links, but have been unable to get the sms: to work.
    Similar to what you wrote, I want to make the smartphone go to the messaging app with the phone number as addressee.

  2. Mike Gold says:

    I know the drafter of the PDF can insert a phone number, but Is there any way the user can insert a phone number such as a doctor’s phone number or 911?

  3. Lane K says:

    Mr. Borstein,

    I’m a fan of your work and have a request. Will you please re-upload the custom stamp file titled “Exhibit Stamp.pdf”? It is no longer accessible via the link on your blog post “Add Dynamic Exhibit Stamps in Acrobat using a free stamp set” after the Adobe website update. It looks like a useful tool and I would like to try it. Thank you very much.