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How to Bypass PDF Print Protection in Very Simple Ways

Aldrich Calvin | Modified: 2020-08-18T13:27:14+00:00| Apple OS | 4 Minutes Reading

Most of the time when people are trying to print some PDF reports or any other document in PDF file format they found some issues. They find that certain documents are not allowed for printing. It’s because these files are protected with a password or restrictions. Sometimes the files may contain document open password which restricts them to open & print. While some are having owner level security due to which it can’t be printed. Therefore, to allow printing it is necessary to bypass PDF print protection.
Here, we have discussed some solutions that will let you know how to unlock print restrictions in PDF files.

User Queries

“I found some important documents online for my research papers. I tried to take the print out of them, but when I opened them using Google Chrome & click on the Print option I found that it is greyed out. I checked online and found that security is applied to PDF files. But, I don’t know how to remove security from it. Can anyone suggest me a simple solution that can bypass PDF print protection.”

Remove Print Protection from PDF Online

There are several online applications available for unlocking PDF file printing restrictions. They just require file upload and generates the unlocked file. Although this process seems to be easy but, it is not because this method is having certain limitations. Like it may require permission password, at a time single file can be unlocked, chances of file corruption, does not remove all restrictions, etc,. Therefore, it is suggested to opt for some alternative solution that can bypass PDF print protection without any limitation.

Remove PDF Print Restrictions by Adobe Acrobat Pro DC

Adobe provides different programs like Adobe Reader / Adobe Acrobat Pro DC for handling PDF documents. Reader allows users to open, view, print, or comment PDF files. While for editing, creating the PDF files, Adobe Acrobat Pro DC is useful. It is also helpful in removing PDF file security like printing, copying, editing, commenting, signing, etc.

Now, to unlock PDF print protection follow these steps:

1- Open the PDF file in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC
2- Click on Tools > Protect > Encrypt > Remove Security
3- Now, enter the permission password of the PDF file
4- Then, click on the OK button
5- Again, click on OK button for the confirmation


1- Permission password must be known
2- At a time single PDF can be processed
3- Highly expensive for normal Adobe users

Bypass PDF Print Protection via Tool

PDF Unlocker Software provides the functionality to remove restrictions from PDF documents. The tool provides the Add Files / Add Folder option to unsecure multiple PDF documents at a time. It is a standalone application that does not require any external program for PDF file unlocking. Users don’t have to file formatting or corruption issues but it is a 100% safe and secure solution.


Other Benefits of the Tool

1- Support to unlock PDF file having 128 / 256-bit encryption
2- Allows removing known user-level password security from PDF
3- Unlock owner level security from PDF documents without a password
4- Gives the option to save or print unprotected PDF documents
5- Supports PDF files of different versions of Adobe Acrobat
6- Compatible with Windows OS 10 and below versions
7- Available for Mac operating system 10.8 and above versions
8- Provides the option to keep source PDF password in the output file

Software Working to Bypass PDF Print Protection

Follow these simple steps to unlock print restrictions in PDF files:
1- Launch and run the software on Windows OS
2- Click on Add Files / Add Folder option to insert PDF

add files
3- Choose the option “Save” or “Print” as per the requirement

choose option
4- Click on the Change button & select the destination location
5- Hit the Unlock button to begin the PDF unlocking process

6- Finally, the process completion message will be displayed

completion message


To bypass PDF print protection we have discussed three solutions i.e. online tools, Adobe Acrobat Pro DC & professional tool. Each method has its own benefits and drawbacks. Users should consider each point before selecting the right method. However, manually i.e. by Acrobat we can unlock PDF print protection but, the permission password must be known to the user. But, if in case the user is not aware of such a password then can opt for the professional tool.