How to Remove a Password From a PDF File


It is very easy to protect your PDF with a password to prevent unauthorized access by the means of Adobe’s PDF editor or a third party software. However, this also means that is can also be tedious to remove that password to make the file easily accessible to others. This doesn’t mean you can’t do so. Let’s explore various ways you can remove a password from a PDF file.

Using Google Chrome

If you want a free tool from a trusted publisher to help you remove the password on the PDF file, Google Chrome ranks high on the list. This especially applies if you want a tool that works on both Windows and Mac. The web browser has an inbuilt PDF writer and a PDF reader, which can be combined to erase a password from a PDF document.

To use it, first drag the password-locked PDF file into the Google Chrome browser. You will be prompted to enter the password set for the file in order to access the text. Enter that password and click Enter to open it.

Enter PDF Password

Next, move your cursor to the File menu on the top right side of Google Chrome and select Print. Alternatively, you can click Ctrl+P if you are using Windows OS or Cmd+P on iOS. Select “Save as PDF” as the destination printer. Now, press the Save button. Your PDF file will now be saved on your desktop with the password done away with. This means the PDF file won’t prompt you to enter a password when you reopen it in Chrome browser.

Select Print

Another option, especially if you have Google Cloud Print enabled on your computer, is to select the destination as “Save to Google Drive”. A password-free version of your PDF file will be saved on Google Drive from the Chrome browser.

Using Adobe Acrobat

The sanctioned way to get rid of a PDF password is via Adobe Acrobat Pro tool. You can download a 30-day trial version of the software to help you do so without the need to install third-party apps. A full version of the Adobe Acrobat Pro software is available if you need to use its other features.

To begin, open the password-protected PDF document using Adobe Acrobat Pro and enter the user password. Once you gain access, remove the user password as well as the owner password. The owner password is used to “change permissions” for the PDF file such as editing, commenting, print, copying and other content edits.

Remove PDF Password

On the main user interface of Adobe Acrobat, search for the “Secure” button, which has a padlock icon. Click it and select “Remove Security”. You will be prompted to enter the password for the PDF document. Enter “OK” and save the document in order to save the new changes.

Use Third-Party Tools

You can also use third -party tools to remove passwords in your PDF files. Most of these tools are available for free and have rich features including the ability to let you remove passwords in batch or single mode. One example is the Free PDF Password Remover, which is developed by 4dots Software. However, install the software with a lot of caution as it has been reported to contain malware.

As you install, make sure you select “Integrate with Windows Explorer” so that you will be able to click “Add File” option in the interface. This means if you wish to add PDF files you can select either “Add Folder” or “Add File” depending on whether you wish to remove passwords in a folder or a single PDF file, respectively.

Posted by Lindsay on August 22, 2016

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