How to Remove Password From PDF
Along with Word documents, PDFs are perhaps among the most widely used file formats in the world. You are likely to come across numerous PDF files during your day at work, as well as contact other organizations such as banks or phone companies. In this blog we will discus how to remove password from PDF.
Because many PDF files can be confidential (for example, your bank statement, phone bill, corporate agreement), passwords often protect them for added security. A password would prevent anyone unknown from viewing, editing, or printing the document, as you will be prompted to enter it every time you open the PDF.
In theory, password protection for PDF files seems like a good idea. But generally we get so many password protected documents that it becomes increasingly difficult to remember each of the passwords, especially when we try to do something quickly and look inside the PDF multiple times.
Is there a way to remove security from PDF files? Yes! In this guide, we will show you how to extract a password from a PDF in a few clicks.
Why remove PDF passwords on Mac?
Unlocking a PDF can save you a lot of time when you need to switch between protected files, requiring you to enter a password each time you return to them.
Fortunately, there are plenty of options to re-enter the password all the time or disable it entirely, using tools like Preview, Google Chrome, Adobe Acrobat, and PDFpen.
Of course, to remove a password from PDF, you must first know it; there is no easy way to remove an unknown password, unless you use password cracking software.
With this warning, let’s see the best ways to remove security from PDF files now.
How to Remove Password From PDF with Preview
Most Mac users generally forget about Preview and try to find replacement apps right away. There is no good reason! Preview is a powerful application that installs on your Mac by default and can perform most of the PDF manipulations you need.
One of them is a simple PDF unlock, which you can basically do by opening a PDF file and exporting it as PDF once again. So the duplicate PDF will not have password protection.
Here’s how to remove password protection from the PDF with Preview:
- Launch the Preview and open your password protected PDF
- Enter password
- Go to File ➙ Export as PDF …
- Choose the place and the name
- Click Save
The newly saved PDF will not have password protection, so you can use it as often as you like without entering a password and delete it when you are done.
Note: Sometimes if you use the Print option instead of Export, you will not be able to select and copy the text within the PDF. So exporting is the best. Otherwise, you may need to use OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software to extract the text you need.
How to unlock PDF with PDFpen
If you want a good balance between being able to extract passwords from PDF easily and affordably and at the same time access advanced PDF manipulation features, there is no better app than PDFpen.
PDFpen is an intuitive PDF editor with many professional-grade features. You can annotate any file with drawings or comments, identify text with OCR functionality, reactivate personal information, sign and fill out forms, and even reorder pages and combine documents.
For our current purposes, PDFpen makes it easy to set up and remove security for PDF files:
- Open your password protected PDF in PDFpen
- Please enter a password
- Go to File ➙ Print …
- In the PDF drop-down menu, choose Save as PDF
- Use the Security Options to set a password or continue without
- Click Save
PDFpen’s expanded list of features goes far beyond just PDF editing. For example, whenever you add sensitive information (such as a signature) to your PDF file, PDFpen will automatically protect it with industry-standard AES 256-bit encryption, so no one can gain unauthorized access. The app would help you perform signature validation to help detect any fraud.
How to Remove Security From The PDF With Google Chrome
Another way to remove password protection from PDF is to use the tool you already use all the time, Google Chrome, using a similar technique as above, saving the file as PDF again.
To unlock a PDF file with Chrome:
- Launch Chrome
- Open a PDF URL or drag and drop your PDF into the chrome
- Click on the printer icon on the top bar.
- From the Destination menu, select Save as PDF
- Click Save
Now your new PDF copy will not have a password. Most other browsers work the same way. This technique could be used for all PDF files except those that are explicitly protected against printing.
How to Remove Password from PDF with The Adobe Acrobat
While you can use many options to bypass password protection in PDF words, there is an OG application that allows you to set passwords and remove them without any gimmicks: Adobe Acrobat. In fact, the app would work even if your PDF print permissions are revoked.
Adobe Acrobat (not to be confused with the free Acrobat Reader) is one of the oldest applications designed to manipulate PDF files, from editing text to adding signatures, creating filterable forms, and content protected with password.
Here’s how to extract a password from a PDF in Acrobat:
- Open your PDF file in Adobe Acrobat
- Enter password
- Click the lock icon in the sidebar.
- Go to Permission details
- In the Security Mode menu, select No Security
- Hit ok
- Save your PDF
Your PDF is now password protected. You can reset the password in later settings.
Overall, Adobe Acrobat is a powerful way to edit your PDF files. The downside is that it is expensive, slow, and cumbersome. However, you do get a seven-day free trial to try it out.
As you can see, learning how to extract a password from a PDF only takes a few minutes. You can easily do it with Mac Preview, Google Chrome, or any other browser. For more functionality, you can even try Adobe Acrobat. But if you always want to have the perfect set of PDF editing features available, PDFpen is a great way to go.
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