In most Mac forums, we can see that there are too many Mac users ask about how to remove password protection from PDF files:
Q1: I know how to password protect a PDF file using Preview, but how do you remove that p/w protection?
Q2: How can I remove a password protection from PDF file to enable me print and edit on Mac?
Actually, many PDF users prefer to directly manipulate their PDF files, instead of repeatedly inputting the password to remove restrictions from secure PDF for further actions like editing, copying, printing.
If you are a regular PDF user on Mac, I guess you are working on PDF with Adobe Acrobat and Preview. Here in this tutorial, I will show you several productive ways to remove password protection from a PDF file using these tools in your hand, which is very commonly overlooked by most users.
Speaking of PDF, Adobe always comes first into our mind, for the reason that PDF was a proprietary format controlled by Adobe and later officially released as an open standard.So, Adobe Acrobat, as a matter of course, is a good PDF password remover to get protected files unlocked. Let's see how to unlock PDF file with password!
1st Open the password protected PDF with Adobe Reader
(If there is an open password, enter it to open the file)
2nd Click the Secure button as following, then choose Remove Security from the drop-down list
You will be requested to enter the permission password to remove the security.
If you purchased the Acrobat Pro, you can even remove security from protected documents in batch!
For your information, this method only works when you know the PDF password. IF YOU FORGOT OR LOST THE PDF PASSWORD, find a PDF Unlocker.
There are numerous apps available to remove protected PDF password, the Cisdem PDFPasswordRemover is the one on the top of my list. It is not only designed to helps users directly remove the password and restrictions from PDF, but also enables users to crack PDF password even when they forgot the user password to open it. No matter your file is added with an owner password or user password, Cisdem PDF password Remover, with its intuitive interface and versatile function, will be your professional assistant in this field.
Step 1: Download and Install. It is stand-alone application having a high compatibility with Adobe readers, also it is small in size and won’t clutter your Mac.
Step 2:Import password protected PDF files
Drag&Drop PDF files or directly add files as it instructs into the main interface.
Step 3:Once you have added the encrypted PDF into Cisdem PDFPasswordRemover, click "Remove", you will get an equivalent PDF without restrictions, and the secured pdf is unlocked.
Useful Tip 1:
If there is a lock icon appearing with your PDF, it indicates your PDF is user password protected from opening. Click the lock icon, either enter the user password if you know or directly decrypt the password if you forgot it.
Useful Tip 2: Go to the settings as follows. You can check or fill in the above options like, password length, additional characters, etc. By doing so, you will save a lot of decryption time.
Once your user password is decrypted, you can continue to remove securities by following previous steps.
Here I also list the following alternative PDF password remover applications for our PDF users to have a try:
Step 1. Open the password-protected PDF document with Preview, you will be asked to enter the password.
Step 2. Go to “File” and choose “Save as”.
Step 3.Save the document in PDF format and leave the option “Encrypt” unchecked.
But if you are going to live with PDF files and want to boost your productivity, or you forget your PDF password, I recommend you to invest in a third-party app like Cisdem PDFPasswordRemover to remove the PDF password.
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You will be introduced feasible solutions to protect your PDFs, also revealed methods to unprotect your PDFs with known or unknown PDF passwords.
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