Cisdem Learning Resource Center

How to Remove Password Protection from PDF Files in Multiple Ways on Mac?

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.

1. Using a Third-Party Application to Remove Password Protection from PDF

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.

how to remove password protection from PDF on Mac download pic

Download the Free Trial of Cisdem PDFPasswordRemover Now!

Step 2:Import password protected PDF files

Drag&Drop PDF files or directly add files as it instructs into the main interface.

add file to remove pdf password protection

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.

remove pdf password protection with cisdem

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.

remove pdf password from user password protected PDF
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.

tweak the setting to remove pdf password

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:

l Guapdf

l Istonsoft PDF Password Remover

l Ahead PDF Password Remover

2. Using Adobe Acrobat to Remove Password Protection from PDF

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)

how to remove password protection from PDF01

2nd Click the Secure button as following, then choose Remove Security from the drop-down list

how to remove password protection from PDF02

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.

3. Manually Using Preview to Remove Password Protection from PDF

Step 1. Open the password-protected PDF document with Preview, you will be asked to enter the password.

how to remove password from pdf with preview

Step 2. Go to “File” and choose “Save as”.

Step 3.Save the document in PDF format and leave the option “Encrypt” unchecked.

how to remove password from pdf with preview02

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.

2017-03-28 03:06:33 / Posted byMegan Charles to PDF Follow @ Megan

More Related Articles You May Like

  • How to Print a Secured PDF on Mac

    Receiving and printings a PDF file with a password restriction and not knowing what the password is not as earth shattering of a situation as you may think. This is because there is a program called PDF Password Remover for Mac that was designed to remove password from PDF files.

  • How to Crack PDF Password on Mac?

    Working with PDF has fitted into our daily routine, we often add password to protect the PDFs. However, many times, we just find a PDF with unknown or forgotten password and we have to crack it to resume our access to the file. This article will reveal readers the tips to crack PDF password on Mac.

  • Top 5 PDF Unlocker Tools for Mac

    Share 5 user-friendly and affordable tools to unlock password-protected PDF on Mac, enable users to open, edit, print…as they needed to boost their productivity. Also, by comparing these programs, users can find the right one to fit their needs.

4 Responses

  • Andrew

    I feel 3rd party ones are better, they are fast to run, good at bringing satisfying results.

    3 months ago REPLY
  • Jonny

    Come here to say thank you. I manged to remove the password from downloaded web PDF with your tool, it is really great and saved me. Thanks again.

    3 months ago REPLY
  • Gina

    You mean the app can find back forgotten pw? Oh, that's really cool cuz I got a bad memory here.

    8 months ago REPLY
  • Elisa Swift

    Thanks for sharing, I tried and it worked, really useful.

    10 months ago REPLY

Leave a Reply

Get Inspired!

Sign up for Cisdem newsletters, stay informed on the latest products news, the hottest deals, and our holiday special sales.