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Remove Security Features From a PDF on Mac & Windows System

Deepa Pandey | Modified: 2021-12-27T17:17:09+00:00 | PDF | 4 Minutes Reading

Are you searching for the solution on how to remove security features from a PDF file?

If yes, then you have landed on the right solution page. In this article, we are going to introduce some eminent ways which help users to convert secured PDF files into unsecured ones. Solutions are provided for both Windows as well as for Mac users. However, before going to the solution section it is essential to understand the scenario more clearly. So let us get started!

Why to Remove Security Features From a PDF

It is not strange to see PDF documents being ensured by passwords. There are some important PDF files that a user usually needs to access by applying an appropriate password.

But, entering the password each time to access the file is quite a tiresome task. Also, if a user has multiple password protected files then, the user may forget the passwords.

Therefore, in these circumstances there arises the requirement to convert secured PDF files into unsecured. If your PDF files are password protected and prevent you from opening, printing or editing then, you can use below-mentioned techniques to make secured PDF as unsecured document.

Use Adobe Acrobat DC For Windows (Pro version can be used for Mac as well)

Step-1: Open the PDF with Acrobat DC.

Step-2: Select Tools > Protect > Encrypt > Remove Security.

Step-3: If the PDF file has a Document Open password, click OK to remove. If it has a permissions password, mention it in the Enter Password box and then click OK. Click OK again to confirm.

How to remove security features From a PDF Document on Mac (Preview)

A) Use Mac Preview to Remove Known Document Open Password

To save a protected PDF as unprotected document a user should follow these simple steps:

Step-1: Firstly, right-click the PDF & choose Open With>> Preview option.

Step-2: Now, to view the PDF document in Preview enter the correct password.

Step-3: Click on File >> Save option.

Step-4: On the next window, choose a destination location to save a new password-free PDF file. Also, uncheck the“Encrypt” option. Then, click on the Save button.

Step-5: Now, you can view the newly saved PDF file in the directory and open it without the password.

B) Remove Permission Password on Mac

To remove owner level security from PDF files by using Mac Preview it is necessary to know the permissions password. Basically, an owner level password is added to change PDF permissions like copying, printing, editing, signing, etc.

Basically, due to owner level security present in the PDF documents users are unable to copy, edit or PDF documents. That is why, it is necessary to know the permission password in order to enable these permissions.

What if the Permission Password is Not Known to Users?

In many cases, users have to work with multiple PDF documents which might be secured or unsecured. It becomes quite difficult to remember the password of each PDF document. Hence, the best solution is to permanently remove the permission password from PDF files. For that users can opt for the professional utility i.e. SysTools PDF Password Unlocker. It is a reliable solution that can remove permission passwords from PDF documents in batch. Also, it enables and unlocks PDF permissions without any difficulty.

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How to Remove Security Features From a PDF Using Automated Tool

Use these steps and save protected PDF as unprotected document:

Step-1: Launch and run PDF Unlocker tool

Step-2: Then, select Add PDF Files or Add Folder option

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Step-3: Now, click the Unlock button to begin the process

remove security features from a PDF file using the tool

Step-4: The pop-up message gets displayed “Unlock Process Completed Successfully”

Note: To remove document open password from PDF document with the help of the tool user should know the password. Because this software can remove the owner level password.

Highlighted Features of the Software

1- Unlock restrictions from PDF Documents
2- Remover permission password from PDF
3- Does not require any Adobe Acrobat installation
4- Remove AES 128 & 192 bit encryption from PDF

The Final Note

“How to remove security features from a PDF file secured PDF file” is one of the most commonly asked queries of users. In this editorial, we have discussed Acrobat, Mac Preview and automatic solution i.e. SysTools Automated PDF File Unlocker Tool for the same. Going for an automated tool certainly has its advantages because it is affordable and you don’t require a password to unlock PDF for typing in it or do other activities.

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