How to unlock a PDF file

This guide shows you how to easily unlock a PDF online

Jun 14, 2022
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You enter the password and nothing happens. While it’s great to have control over your documents with PDF protection, knowing how to unlock a PDF (portable document format) can save your skin at the last second. 

We’ve all come up with a password so great that we couldn’t remember it after a week, but your PDF is not lost forever. The iLovePDF Unlock PDF tool is here to help, so save yourself time and stress by following these simple steps. 

Why unlock a password-protected PDF file?

Defeat lost passwords & accidental restriction

A new password seemed like a good idea, but what happens if you forget it? With the iLovePDF Unlock tool, you can remove the password from a PDF online and get the document back with a few clicks.

Imagine your colleague has set a password on the wrong document and leaves for their long-awaited island holiday. Your team is left with a door that has no key. Using a free PDF unlock tool gives you the chance to keep productivity up without wasting hours finding the key to unlocking it.

Quickly change access for easy sharing 

It can be important having a document blocked, whether it’s an office file or your final thesis, privacy is important. PDF tools can unblock documents if you change your mind or want to share them when they’re ready. 

Unlocking your PDF lets you take your secure document and share it in seconds, online, and without a shred of hassle. 

Using public computers 

If you’re working anywhere that doesn’t have a secure network you trust, you might want to add a PDF password to protect your documents.

Unlocking your PDF online makes it easier when you move back to a secure network and want to remove the password protection.  

Unlock your PDFs now with our step-by-step guide:

  1. Open your browser and head to the iLovePDF Unlock PDF tool.
  2. Click Select PDF files and open the PDF you want to unlock, or just drag & drop your selected files to the page.
  3. Select Unlock PDF and your file should be downloaded automatically (just hit the Download unlocked PDFs if not).

What can I do after my PDF has been unlocked?

At iLovePDF, the simple online tools do not end there. After you’ve unlocked your PDF, there are over 20 more tools at your disposal. 

Want to edit, compress, convert, sign, or watermark your PDF document? These online tools make you more productive with PDFs.

Are my files safe?

The importance of data protection is growing all over the globe and we want to give you complete transparency over what we do with your files. 

It’s important to say that we don’t break the password, and we pride ourselves in following the strictest data protection standards including: end-to-end file encryption with HTTPS, the ISO 27001 Certification, as well as the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). These are the strictest security regulation found worldwide. 

In addition to these standards, once you have uploaded and processed a file, this file is encrypted and then completely deleted from our servers within 2 hours.

To see in detail how we protect your documents, head straight to our privacy policy. You can also head over to our blog for more on our security measures.

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iLovePDF takes security very seriously. Remember that...
  • No matter which tool you are using, we use end-to-end encryption to ensure the highest protection against theft or interception of your documents.
  • Any document uploaded to our system is automatically deleted after 2 hours to prevent any unauthorized third-party access.
  • All our servers are secured under European legislation, one of the most restrictive in the world.