Are you tired of constantly entering the password to your PDF, especially if it no longer needs one? Or, do you want to give others quick access to your PDF file at all times? If so, you can easily opt to remove the password.
Similar to adding a password, it’s equally simple to remove it from a PDF as well. So, let’s quickly explore all the different ways you can do exactly that.
How to Remove Password From PDF?
There are several ways you can remove the password from your PDF. Let’s view them in detail.
Using Adobe Acrobat Pro
Adobe Acrobat Pro is a premium PDF viewer. It’s worth noting that you can’t add or remove a password in its free version, i.e., Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.
In the Pro version, there are basically two types of passwords on your PDF. The first one is Document Open, i.e., User password. This requires the usual password of a user to gain access to a PDF. Second is the Permissions password, i.e., Master password. This password comes with a lot of utility as you can use it to lock printing, copying, editing, and more on a PDF.
So, it’ll be convenient to remove a password from a PDF when you know which password it requires.
Here’s what you’ll need to do:
- Open Adobe Acrobat Pro on your PC, and then open your password-protected PDF.
- Go to Tools > Protect > Encrypt.
- Next, click on Remove Security.
- If there is a Document Open password on the PDF, click on OK. Doing so will remove the password.
- But, if the PDF has a Permissions password, enter your password in the Enter Password text field. Then, click on OK.
However, if your password-protected PDF includes both the Document Open and the Permissions password, you can unlock your PDF with any one of the passwords. You’ve now successfully removed the password from your selected PDF.
On Google Chrome
Google Chrome provides a lot of utility when it comes to PDF documents. It supports opening and making changes, like converting, printing, merging, and more to your PDF files.
In this solution, we’re going to take advantage of the Print feature on Chrome without actually printing the file. All we need to do is save a copy of the PDF file. This process will remove the password from the new copy.
- Hit right-click on your secured PDF file on a PC and click on Open with > Google Chrome.
- In the pop-up option, you’ll need to enter your password.
- Then, click on Submit.
- From the options in the upper-right corner, click on the Print option.
- Below the Destination section, click on the Change option.
- Click on the option that says Save as PDF.
- Click on the Save option. Your new PDF file will now be saved as a copy on your computer.
You can now locate and open this new copy of your PDF file. This file, in particular, will not require a password but will still contain all the content as the original PDF file.
How to Remove Password From PDF on Mac?
Although you can use the same methods as above to remove a password from a PDF file on a Mac, here is an additional method for macOS.
- Download the PDF file.
- Then, launch Finder. Find your PDF file and then double-click on it.
- Unlock the file by typing in your password.
- Go to File > Export as PDF.
- Give your file a name, and then select a destination.
- Click on Save.
Your new copy of the original PDF file will no longer require a password.
What to Do if You Forget the PDF Password?
It’s not easy to bypass access to a locked or encrypted PDF, especially if it’s a confidential document, like a bank statement. So, it’s not possible to follow the above steps of removing a password without unlocking it using a password first.
In such cases, you can use a few third-party apps to remove the password in case of emergencies. However, we advise being careful as some apps can come with a security risk and your document may be at risk as well.