Free Methods to Unlock Protected PDF Files

Pritam Majumdar    Pritam Majumdar     Published On - 10 May 2019

PDF files are highly essential to most of us in many different ways. For security purposes, many users protect these PDF files with a password. This password is generally termed as User Password. These files can be accessed by only those people who know the password.

Additionally, to prevent others from making any edits or copying or even printing specific PDF file(s), the owner might prevent some functions of the file(s) to be locked via owner password. In cases like this, you might need free methods to unlock protected pdf files. Either you gain the password from the owner, or if forgotten, you need to remember the password. Our present topic is just for that purpose where we will explain the different free methods of opening password-protected PDF files. As, a result of the above cases, you can gain access to the password-protected password PDF files.

Free Methods to Unlock Protected PDF Files

To get rid of the passwords from the protected PDF files, you can use several free methods, which are given here below:

  1. Unlock PDF File from Google Drive
    • Open the Google Chrome and then go to https://drive.google.com/drive/ on your web browser. Your Google Drive page opens in case you are logged into the account.
    • Note: If you haven’t logged in, click on Go to Drive and fill in the email address and password.

    • Now, drag the PDF file into Google Drive. This will add your PDF file to the Google Drive. Alternately, you may click New which is located in the top-right corner of your Google Drive Window. Press File Upload choose your PDF file and then press OK to upload it.
    • Double-click on your PDF file which is present in the Google Drive. By doing this, you can open the PDF within Google Chrome. In case your PDF is locked with a password, you will need to fill in the password and then click on Submit to view its contents.
    • Once the PDF File has opened, you will have to press Ctrl+P (for Windows). The Print window pops up.
    • Now, press Change under the “Destination” which is located on the left-hand side of the Google Chrome. The Menu will appear.
    • On the Menu, click to Save as PDF which is located under “Local Options” headline in the menu entitled “Select a Destination.”
    • Press on the Save button. Having done that, you can download the PDF file to your PC as an insecured file. Now, you are capable of printing, editing, and copying the content from the PDF file.
  2. Unlock PDF File Using Adobe Acrobat
    • Open the paid version of Adobe Acrobat, which is Adobe Acrobat Pro.
    • Click on the File option located in top left corner of the window. On clicking it, you might have a drop-down prompted to you. Under File, Click on Open.
    • Now, double-click on the PDF file you are desirous of opening.
    • Since the File is protected by a password, please make sure you provide the password when you are asked for it. Then Click on the Ok button.
    • On the left-hand pane, there is a Padlock option (which looks like a lock). Click on it.
    • On clicking, there is a Security Settings head, comes up and under which there are Permission Details. Click it.
    • Now click Security Method. You might see a drop-down with an option such as ‘Password security.’
    • However, under the above dropdown, select No Security option.
    • You will now have to write down the PDF’s password. Now, click on the OK twice. You have unlocked your PDF file.

If the above methods to unlock protected pdf files do not produce the desired effects, i.e., you are unable to remove the passwords from the protected PDF file, you need to use Kernel for PDF Restriction Removal software.

Kernel for PDF Restriction Removal

The tool can be used in the following way:

  1. If you haven’t downloaded the tool, download and install it. Then open the tool. Browse and choose the PDF file. Now, select the Destination Path. Now click on the Remove Restrictions button.
  2. Now a new window is displayed with the following message:
  3. On the Ok button, click it, and your restrictions are removed!
    Here are some of the tool’s benefits which makes it stands apart from the same tools of the other brands:
  4. The software removes passwords from several diverse types of PDF files like the user manuals, e-books, etc.
  5. The tool helps you to copy or edit and also to print the protected PDF files.
  6. The software does not change the structure or the format of the PDF files.
  7. The tool does not need either the Adobe Acrobat or the Reader, to work.
  8. The software works with PDF files of all the versions of the PDF creators.

Final Words

PDF files are very commonly used and have many benefits for the users. However, when you have a critical PDF file, and you do not have the password, that is a big problem; right? But do not panic. Panic can make things even worse. The free methods to unlock protected pdf files should help you out and if they do not help, do not be discouraged. Follow the simple steps of Kernel for PDF Restriction Removal software and remove the the password(s).