How to remove password protection from PDF files on Mac

How to remove password protection from PDF files on Mac

Password protection is a great feature to prevent your PDF documents from unwanted people. However, if you receive plenty of PDF files daily, it can be a curse. Remembering a wealth of passwords and accessing those encrypted documents can be daunting. However, you can remove password protection from PDF files!

This blog will show you a quick and effective way to do that using your Mac! Keep reading to learn more.

Note: You can also remove password protection from PDF files using your iPhone. Check out our explainer to find out more.

Mac generally opens all PDF files in Preview by default. Hence, this is the simplest way to remove the PDF password on Mac. Here’s how you can do it.

How to remove PDF password on Mac using Preview

  1. Open the file with Preview.
  2. Enter the password.

    Enter the password to remove protection on Mac
  3. Go to File Export.
  4. Rename the file in the Export As field.
  5. Uncheck the Encrypt field, if not already.

    Remove PDF password on Mac using Preview
  6. Now, click Save.

You can now access it without the password. You can also find the old encrypted file in your local drive or docs.

How to remove PDF password on Mac using a web browser

For all those who love using Google Chrome or Safari, there is a pretty solid way to remove your PDF password on Mac using the same. Here’s how:

  1. Right-click your PDF file → Open WithGoogle Chrome or Safari.
  2. Enter the password to unlock the file.
  3. Press Command + P to open the print dialog box.
  4. In Google Chrome, Click Save.
    • In Safari, select Save as PDF in the drop-down menu.

      How to remove PDF password on Mac using a web browser
  5. Save the file with a new file name.

You can now access this file without the password. It will be saved locally on your device.

Well, here you go. You have two ingenious methods to permanently remove the PDF password and access the file with ease. You can choose your favorite method or try both methods to see which one you prefer. In both cases, they work fabulously.

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