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How To Remove The Password From A PDF

Thanks to the various tools available, we can now remove passwords from password-protected PDFs. In this article, we will mention one of the best tools to remove the password from a PDF within seconds. The tool is cloud-based, so you don't have to download any app or software on your device.

Losing passwords and not opening PDFs are common these days. That's why knowing how to remove passwords from PDF files is important. Also, it's possible that you haven't lost your password; you need to open an old file locked by someone else. So it's necessary to unlock the file if you want to read, print, or edit it. However, you do need to have the owner's permission.

This article will mention one of the best tools for unlocking a protected file and the steps to take. Moreover, we will also discuss a few important aspects that you need to keep in mind while removing passwords from your PDFs. And lastly, we'll offer a few alternatives depending on your operating system. Read on to find out more!

How To Remove The Password From A PDF

As promised, we'll show you guys an amazing online tool to help you remove passwords from PDFs in this particular section.ย The tool we're talking about is Unlock PDF by FormatPDF. It's one of the best and safest online tools available. In fact, it's a secure and confidential program for maintaining a file's privacy.

Follow these simple steps to remove passwords from PDF files:

  1. Go to formatpdf.com/en/unlock-pdf/.
  2. Click the "Select PDF File" option and upload the required file. Moreover, you can also directly move your file onto the space which reads "Or drag and drop the PDF here" to upload your document to the tool.
  3. Remove the password from your file by clicking on the "Unlock" button.
  4. Finally, download the file on your device.

What You Need To Know About Removing The Password From A PDF

You have already seen how easy it is to remove passwords from PDF files, and now it's time to see a few recommendations you should consider while using this or any other online tools for unlocking PDFs:

  • As soon as you remove the password from the file, it's a good idea to re-password-protect it. That's because if the document was protected at first, it must be because it contains confidential information. Hence, it would be best if you considered protecting it again.
  • Always make sure to have the permission of the file owner before removing its password. That's because files are locked for important reasons, and you might commit a crime by accessing them without permission. So, we recommend you ask the owner for his or her consent.
  • Of course, you should never share a locked document with third parties, even if you have permission to unlock it.
  • If you want, you can also print a PDF file after unlocking it using other online tools. One such good online tool is Print PDF which allows you to print documents seamlessly.

Other Programs That Allow You To Remove The Password From A PDF

In this section, we'll show you different types of programs that you can use to remove passwords from PDF files. However, our recommendation is to use an online tool because it'll help you save time and space on your device. But still, it's good to know about other alternatives as well, so you can choose which one to use.

Remove The Password From A PDF On A PC

First, let's see how to remove passwords from PDF files from a computer operating system such as Windows, Mac, and Linux. Remember, these are a few recommendations based on our knowledge and experience.

Windows 10 And Prior Versions Of Windows

On Windows 10 or prior versions, one of the best ways (other than an online tool, of course) to remove passwords from a file is to use Google Chrome. You can do so by dragging the locked document on a browser tab, choosing the "Print" option, and then clicking the "Save" button. You will be able to access the new file without the password.


If you are a Mac user, consider using its in-built program "Preview." First of all, you need to open the program and locate the locked file. It'll ask you to type in the password; remember to use this method, as you must have the code. Then click on "Export" under the "File" tab. Once done, deselect the "Encrypt" option, and you are good to go.


In Linux, tools like pdftk allow you to unlock a password-protected PDF file. However, when installing the app/software, you need to include some commands in the operating system terminal. Once installed, you must add more commands to remove the password. As such, you have to be good with commands to use this method.

Remove A Password From A PDF On A Smartphone Or Tablet

Don't worry if you have a smartphone or tablet; there are ways to access password-protected PDF files. In this section, we'll explain some of the best methods to do the task. So, let's go!


On Android smartphones or tablets, you have the Google Play Store (its official app store), where you can find various apps to remove passwords from PDF files. Just remember to search for the keywords "unlock PDF" in the store, and you will find tons of applications that allow you to carry out the task.

iPhone (iOS) Or iPad

On the other hand, you can find various programs to unlock a password-protected file on iPhone and iPad in the Apple App Store. Searching for an app on iOS is similar to doing so on Android. However, the only thing is that you will find that the set of tools available in the App Store is different.

Husain has been around the internet ever since the dial-up days and loves writing about everything across the technosphere. He loves taking tech apart and see what makes them tick, without necessarily putting it all back together.
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