Received a password-protected file over mail but finding it difficult to open it? Or are you getting irritated by entering the password, again and again, every time you open a PDF file? While password-protected PDF files are more secure, it’s a task to open the file as you need to remember the password or sometimes ask the sender to share the password. So to cut down the hassle, there are some ways through which you can remove passwords from PDFs.

There are several ways to remove a password from a PDF, depending on the type of password protection used. Let’s take a look at how to remove passwords from PDFs.

How to remove Passwords using a PDF reader

If your PDF file has an “owner password” that restricts editing, printing, or copying, you can remove it by using a PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat or Foxit Reader.

Remove Password in PDF File
  • Open the PDF in a PDF reader like Acrobat Pro on your laptop or PC.
  • Click on Choose Tools > Encrypt > Remove Security.
  • If your document has a ‘Document Open’ password, click on OK to remove it.
  • Or if your document has a permissions password, type the correct password in the Enter Password box and then click OK.
  • Once you enter the current password, the software will permanently remove the password from the document.

How To Remove PDF password on Google Chrome

  • Open the PDF file in your Google Chrome.
  • Next enter the PDF password to open the file.
  • Now Press Ctrl + P or go to file > Print > Save as PDF.
  • Save the PDF file in the desired location; the new file will not have a password.

How To Remove Lock Using The Print Function

  • Open your PDF using the built-in PDF viewer.
  • Enter the password to unlock the file.
  • Tap the menu icon> Share> Print icon.
  • Now, specify the destination as ‘Print to PDF’ to save the file which will be saved in a new location without a password.
  • Save the file in your phone’s internal storage. The new PDF file without a password will be saved in the storage.
Remove Password in PDF File

Remove password from PDF in Macbook

  • – Open the PDF file in Preview. If the file is password-protected, enter the password to open it.
  • – Click on “File” in the menu bar at the top of the screen and select “Export”.
  • – In the Export dialog box, select “PDF” from the format drop-down menu.
  • – In the “Quartz Filter” drop-down menu, select “Remove PDF Password”.
  • – Select the location where you want to save the new PDF file and save the files.
  • – If the file is still password-protected, you will be prompted to enter the password again. Enter the password and click “OK”.
  • – Your new PDF without a password will be created.
  • – If the “Remove PDF Password” option is not available in the Quartz Filter drop-down menu, you may need to install the filter from the Apple website.

Meanwhile, there are many other third pastry apps or sites through which you can remove passwords from a locked PDF. However, these apps can be harmful and might save your information in their database and that can put your personal details at risk.

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