How to Remove Password From PDF Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of entering a password every time you open a PDF on your Mac? Removing the password from a PDF can make your life easier and save you valuable time.

In this tutorial, we will guide you step by step on how to remove the password from a PDF on your Mac. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Open the PDF in Preview

To begin, open the PDF file that is password-protected in the Preview app on your Mac. You can do this by double-clicking on the PDF file or right-clicking and selecting “Open With” and then choosing Preview.

Step 2: Enter the Password

If the PDF file is protected with a password, you will be prompted to enter it when opening in Preview. Type in the correct password and click “OK” to proceed.

Step 3: Save As an Unencrypted Copy

Now that you have opened the password-protected PDF in Preview, go to the “File” menu at the top of your screen and select “Export..”.

Note: Saving an unencrypted copy of a password-protected PDF could potentially compromise its security. Only remove passwords if you have legitimate reasons for doing so, and ensure that you are not violating any legal or ethical boundaries.

Step 4: Choose File Format

A new window will appear with various options. Choose the desired format for your unencrypted copy of the PDF from the dropdown menu labeled “Format”. For simplicity, we recommend selecting “PDF”.

Step 5: Remove Password

In this step, uncheck the box next to “Encrypt” under the “Security Options” section. This will remove the password from the PDF file. Make sure no other options are selected or enabled unless you have specific requirements for your document.

Step 6: Save Unencrypted Copy

Choose a location on your Mac where you want to save the unencrypted copy of the PDF. Give it an appropriate name and click “Save”.

Step 7: Access Your Unencrypted PDF

Congratulations! You have successfully removed the password from the PDF on your Mac. You can now access and open the unencrypted copy of the PDF without entering any password.


In this tutorial, we have learned how to remove passwords from PDF files on a Mac using the Preview app. Remember, removing passwords from protected documents should only be done when necessary and with proper authorization. Always respect privacy and security concerns when handling sensitive information.

We hope this guide has been helpful to you. Now you can enjoy hassle-free access to your PDF files on your Mac!

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