How to Add Digital Signatures on Any Document or Device

Note: This post was first published on the Apr 25, 2012.

In this digital age, documents are often shared wirelessly, and officials no longer provide physical signatures for paperwork. When a signature is needed, you might print the document, sign it, scan it, and then email it back. Your physical presence is not required, though this process can still be a hassle.

Instead of wasting paper, ink, and time, why not use a digital signature? This article will show you how to add a digital signature to your documents. You can also apply signatures directly on your smartphones and tablets using DocuSign Ink.

DocuSign Ink is an application that allows users to sign documents electronically, fill out forms, and return the signed document via email or store it in cloud storage for later use.

Getting started with DocuSign Ink

To begin creating your digital signature, visit the DocuSign Ink page, download, and install the application on your device. You can also download it directly from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Once installed, open the application and complete the registration process. You can register with Google ID, Facebook, or Yahoo!.

DocuSign Registration Screen

After registering, sign in to the application, and you will see a guide. The first step is to set your identity, making it easy to place your signature on documents. Click on the ‘Identity’ button.

DocuSign Identity Button

You will be directed to your DocuSign ID Card. Click on ‘Manage your Signature’.

Manage Signature

In the ‘Manage Signature’ page, you can update your name and initials to be used in documents. Go to the ‘Draw your signature’ section to create your signature and initials. Once you are satisfied with the result, click the ‘Adopt’ button.

Identity Edit Page

You will see a preview of your signature and initials. Click ‘Done’ if you are satisfied.

Identity Preview

Placing a Signature on a Digital Document

With your DocuSign ID Card updated, open any document on your device from storage, email, or cloud. Once the document is open, you will see a button at the top right corner that says ‘Open in DocuSign Ink’. Click this button.

Open Document in DocuSign

The document will now open in the DocuSign Ink app. On the page where you want to place your signature, click on the pencil button at the top right corner to see a drop-down menu.

Pencil Menu

Hold down on the ‘Signature’ button and drag it to where you want to place the signature.

Dragging Signature

After placing it, you will see a rounded corner around the signature. Drag it again to adjust the size to fit the document.

Adjusting Signature Size

Once you are satisfied, click the ‘Finish’ button at the top right side of the DocuSign Ink app, and confirm by clicking ‘Yes’.

Save Document

Once saved, your document will be stored in DocuSign Ink’s ‘DocuVault’. You can email the document to any email address by clicking the ‘Email’ button, or delete it permanently.

Saved Document


Using DocuSign Ink is not only easy but also saves time and prevents unnecessary printing of documents. You can securely save your signature with DocuSign Ink and use it for all your future documents.