How to Remove Password from PDF on Mac

PDF files are probably the most used document types, particularly for documents that contain sensitive information. But while they are great for sending sensitive documents like bank statements and corporate agreements, you can get easily locked out of these important documents if you forget the password for the PDF document, making it necessary to remove the password altogether.

If it happens that you may no longer need to protect the document and you may therefore be looking for a way to remove the password, making the document easily accessible. The solutions in this article will help you easily remove a password from PDF on Mac, including macOS Big Sur.

How to Remove Password from PDF on Mac

One of the best ways to set and remove a password from PDF on Mac is to use Adobe Acrobat. It will easily remove both open passwords and editing restrictions. Once the document is unlocked, you should be able to open, edit and even print it as needed.

Here's how to use Adobe Acrobat to remove a password on a PDF document on Mac devices:

Step 1: Open the PDF document in Adobe Acrobat.

Step 2: Enter the documents password to gain access to it and open it for further editing.

Step 3: Click on the lock icon in the side bar and then select "Permission Details."

Step 4: Under the "Security Method" dropdown menu, choose "No Security"

Step 5: Click "OK" and then save the PDF.

In another way, you can also go to "Tools", and then choose "Protect" option, and click on "More Options". There, you will find there is an option called "Remove Security". Click on that option and you will remove the security.

How to Remove Password from PDF on Mac Preview

You can also use good old Preview to remove the password from the PDF document. Most people tend to overlook it, but Preview has numerous features that can come in handy when manipulating PDF documents in numerous ways, including removing the password.

But this method will involve opening the PDF file, unlocking it and then exporting the unlocked document. The duplicated file will be unlocked, but you will also have the original PDF. Here's how to do it:

Step 1: Open Preview on your computer and then open the encrypted PDF document.

Step 2: Enter the password to gain access to the document.

Step 3: Now go to "File" > "Export as PDF" and choose a new filename and location for the unlocked file.

Step 4: Click "Save" and the password will be removed.

How to Remove Password from PDF on Mac Online

There are also a lot of online tools that you can use to remove a password from PDF on Mac. One of the most popular is Smallpdf. It is accessible on any browser, meaning you will not need to install any programs on to your computer to use it and it is completely free to use.

It is also very easy to use. Just follow these simple steps:

Step 1: On any browser on your Mac, go to access Smallpdf website;

Step 2: Drag and drop the document you want to unlock into the main window;

Step 3: Once the file has been uploaded, click on "Unlock PDF";

Step 4: The decryption process will start immediately. After a few minutes, you should see a notification that the PDF has been unlocked. Simply click "Download File" to save the unlocked file on to your computer.

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The Best PDF Password Remover for Windows

If the PDF you want to unlock is on a PC, we recommend using ajoysoft PDF Password Remover. This desktop solution is designed to help you unlock any PDF document in a few simple steps. It will remove editing restrictions as well as open passwords from the document, allowing you to gain access to the device so you can open, edit, copy or print it.

Here's how to use this program to remove encryption from any PDF document:

Step 1: Add Encrypted Files

Open the program on your PC. To import the file or files you would like to unlock, click on the "Add Files" button on the main window and then select the files that you would like to add.

You can also simply drag and drop the files on to the main window to add them.

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Step 2: Remove Encryption

If the document is not protected by user passwords is only restricted, you will not see a lock icon next to it and in this case, all you need to do is click "Remove Password" at the bottom right-corner of the screen to initiate the decryption process. In a few seconds all restrictions will be lifted from the document, allowing you to print or edit the document.

If on the other hand the document has user password protection, you should see a lock icon and a prompt notifying you that the file has an open password that you need to enter before you can unlock it.

To remove the password, click on the lock icon and enter the password in the popup that appears. Click "OK" and the "Remove Password" and the document will no longer be encrypted.

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