3 Steps to Unlock/Restore Encrypted PDF | Remove Password on PFD

Tracy King updated on Nov 14, 2018 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


Here in this article, you'll find a reliable solution to simply unlock PDF files, remove the password and even restore encrypted PDF files without password in 3 simple steps. If you are now looking for a way to restore and unlock encrypted PDF files without any passwords, you are at the right place. Just follow and get your problem fixed for free now.

How to remove password from an encrypted PDF file 

"Hi there, do you know how to decrypt an encrypted PDF file when you forget the password?
I'm now having this issue that I encrypted an important PDF file of a thesis. The problem is that I lost the password. I don't remember to code to unlock the PDF file. Right now, I need to use the file. But I cannot access it. Do you know how to remove the password protection from the encrypted PDF file? How?

Don't worry! If you cannot open encrypted PDF, fail to decrypt the password-protected PDF file in your PC or storage devices, you are at the right place now. Here below in this article, we'll show you how to effortlessly remove password from encrypted PDF file, unlock and restore PDF files without password in simple steps. Just follow and see how to fix this trouble on your own now.

Step 1. Remove password from encrypted PDF files

To remove password on the encrypted PDF file, you'll find 

Option 1. Remove password from encrypted PDF files with Chrome

If you don't have a password, you may not be able to remove the password on your PDF file, try other options here.

  • Open Google Chrome.
  • Drag and drop PDF into Chrome > Enter your PDF password and click Submit to unlock.
  • Go to Menu > Print > Click Change in Description on the left pane.
  • Select Save as PDF on the popped up window > Click Save.
  • Navigate a safe spot on your PC to save the PDF and rename it, click Save to finish.

Option 2. Remove password from encrypted PDF with Adobe Acrobat Pro

  • Open encrypted or locked PDF file in Adobe Acrobat Pro;
  • Enter the password to view it > Click Permission Details or click on File > Properties.
  • Then click on the Security tab.
  • Go to Security Method > Tab on No Security > Click OK to remove the password.
  • Go to File > Click on Save to keep the changes.

Then the password will be removed from the original PDF file. 

Option 3. Unlock password-protected PDF by CMD without password

This method requires you to install a third-party tool QPDF which allows you to unlock password-protected PDF by CMD without a password. Here are the detail steps now:

  • Press Win + R to open the Run dialog;
  • Type: cmd and hit Enter to open Command Prompt;
  • Type: sudo port install qpdf or brew install qpdf and hit Enter to install QPDF in your PC;
  • Type: qpdf --decrypt --password==xxxx encrypted-filename.pdf decrypted-filename.pdf and hit Enter to decrypt locked PDF file;

(XXXX stands for the file name of your encrypted PDF that you need to decrypt or unlock.)

After the process, you can close the CMD window and open the decrypted PDF in the Preview window to check it now.

Option 4. Open locked PDF without password with PDF Unlocker software

If you don't have a password and prefer simple and easy ways to get decrypted PDF file back. You can also try PDF Unlocker software provided online. Most of them are free and you can Google to get wanted PDF unlocker software for help.

Step 2. Restore encrypted PDF file

After getting password-protected PDF files back, you can then open to check and use them now. But it still cannot get access to it, you may jump to decrypting the encrypted PDF file.

Here in this step, we'll show you how to restore lost PDF file by ease when you accidentally deleted or formatted, even lost PDF file by mistake

  1. 1. Restore deleted or lost PDF file from recycle bin.
  2. 2. Restore lost PDF file with file recovery software in three steps. You can choose to preview the PDF file to check its quality before the recovery step.
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If you find nothing in Recycle Bin on your PC, you shall turn to professional file recovery software for help. EaseUS free PDF recovery software will simply help you get lost PDF back within 3 simple clicks. You may download and install it to let it help now.

Step 3. Decrypt encrypted PDF files

If you still cannot open the encrypted PDF file after removing the password from it, you may jump to Step 1 - Option 3 to get your problem solved.
You can also try file decrypt tool or software for help.

If your PDF files are saved as the compressed format, ZIP or WinRAR etc programs are all very useful for decrypting compressed or encrypted files. 


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