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How to Remove or Bypass PDF Permissions Password (Owner Password)

When a PDF document is secured with a ''Permissions Password'', which also can be called ''Owner Password'', ''Master Password'' or ''Restriction Password'', some certain actions are restricted, such as printing, content copying, commenting, etc.

Now image what can you do if you download a PDF file from the web and have no permissions to edit or print It due to security settings, or if you forgot the permissions password so that you can’t perform actions on your secured PDF file.

Don't worry. Now, this page will show you how to remove or bypass PDF permissions password.


Way 1: Bypass/Remove PDF permissions password using Chrome

The Print function in Google Chrome browser can bypass PDF permissions password. However, it should be noted that this method only works for PDF files with Document Open Password (or User password). The steps are as follows.

Step 1: Open the Google Chrome browser, then drag and drop the PDF file into a new tab.

Step 2: Enter the Document Open Password for the PDF file, and then click Submit.

click Print

Step 3: After the Print panel opens, select Save as PDF from the drop-down menu next to Destination, and then click Save.

select Save as PDF

Tip: If you are using an old version of Chrome, you will need to click the Change button on the Print panel, and then select Save as PDF in the pop-up window. After selection, click the Save button on the Print panel.

Save as PDF

Step 4: A "Save As" dialog opens. In this dialog, type a new file name and choose a storage path for the PDF document, and then click Save. This will bypass the PDF permissions password and save the original PDF file without security.

Way 2: Remove PDF permissions password with iSumsoft UnprotectPDF

A more effective way to bypass a forgotten or unknown PDF permissions password is to use a professional PDF permissions password removal tool. iSumsoft UnprotectPDF is one such tool that allows you to quickly remove PDF permissions password with just one click without losing any data.

The software works for all PDF files, whether the PDF file is protected by the Document Open Password or not, and regardless of the PDF file size. You just need to download and install iSumsoft UnprotectPDF on your computer, launch it, and then follow the simple steps below.

Step 1: Click the file icon on the right of the Choose File text filed. When an Open dialog pops up, browse for the target PDF file, select it, and then click Open, so that the PDF file is added to the software.

add PDF file

Step 2: The software will detect whether the PDF file is protected by the Document Open Password. If it shows the PDF has no Document Open Password, go directly to the next step. If it shows the PDF file has Document Open Password, enter the password correctly before continuing.

enter password

Step 3: Click the Start button in the lower right corner of the software interface, and immediately a Tips dialog pops up to inform you that the PDF permissions password has been successfully removed. You can then click OK to open the PDF file and edit it without any restrictions.

PDF permissions password removed

Tip: Once the PDF permissions password is removed, the software saves the original protected PDF file as an unprotected PDF file with all contents unchanged. The unprotected PDF file is saved in the same location as the original PDF file. When you click OK, the unprotected PDF file opens directly.

Way 3: Remove PDF permissions password using iSumsoft PDF Password Refixer

Another effective but a bit time-consuming method is to use iSumsoft PDF Password Refixer. It’s a powerful PDF password recovery tool which can recover forgotten PDF User password or Owner password. You can use this tool to retrieve the PDF permissions password and then remove it. Steps are as follows.

Step 1: Get iSumsoft PDF Password Refixer tool. Install it on your computer and then launch it.

Step 2: Click the Open button, then navigate to the PDF file that is protected with permissions password and add it to this tool.

click Open to add PDF file

Step 3: Select an attack type from the drop-down list under Type of attack, and then check the relevant options according to the characteristics of the password.

Select attack type

Step 4: Click Start to start discovering PDF owner password.

Step 5: When the password is recovered successfully, note it down. Later, you need it to remove the permission password from the PDF document.

PDF permissions password recovered

Step 6: Open the secured PDF file with Adobe Acrobat, and then click File > Properties.

click Properties

Step 7: After the Document Properties window opens, select the Security tab, and then select No Security in the drop-down menu next to Security Method.

select No Security]

Step 8: When you are asked for a ''Permissions Password'', enter it and click OK.

enter Permissions Password

Step 9: When you are asked if you want to remove the security, click OK.

click OK

Step 10: Press Ctrl + S to save the PDF document for the changes to take effect. Then the Permissions Password (Owner Password) is removed from the PDF document.