If you’re a working professional or a college student, you might definitely be dealing with a lot of PDFs regularly. PDFs are by far the most convenient document format as they can be across most platforms without needing additional utilities and retain the data within them even with compression. But there might arise times when you would want to convert your PDF document into Word document so that you can edit them with ease.

Adobe Acrobat is the go-to option for reading PDFs but you will have to switch to a paid version of the application to access its advanced tools. While there are a bunch of PDF utilities that offer to edit PDF for free, most of them do that by adding a watermark of their own over your PDF document. So, can you convert a document from PDF to DOCX for free without watermarks? And what about converting a PDF to Word offline? That’s what we’ll help you with on this article. 

Can you convert PDF files to Word for free with No Watermark?

Yes. Although you’re left with only a handful of options, there are ways you can convert your PDF files into Word documents free-of-cost and with no watermarks. For the sake of simplicity and ease of use, we’re using tools from LightPDF and Smallpdf to convert files from PDF to Word across multiple platforms including Windows, Mac, iPhone, and Android. 

How to Convert PDF to Word without watermark for free

You can convert PDF Files into .DOCX format suitable to be opened on Microsoft Word by following any of the following methods depending on the device you want to use to perform the conversion. We have got you covered whether you intend to do this on a Mac or Windows PC, Android, or iOS. Let’s check out these online and offline tools get a word document out in a jiff.

Convert PDF to Word on a computer (Windows or macOS)

Method #1: Using MS Word (offline tool)

Being the best word processing software out there, editing a PDF on Microsoft Word is a cinch. Follow the steps given below to do so:

Open Microsoft Word then click on File.

Click on Open.

Then click on Browse.

Now, locate and select the PDF on your computer. Then click on Open.

You will get a dialog box telling you that Word is about to copy the PDF’s contents over in a format suitable for viewing purposes. Click on OK.

This will open the PDF in a new Word document. To start editing your PDF in MS Word, click on Enable editing in the yellow bar at the top. 

Word will open another dialog box telling you that the PDF’s contents are now being copied and converted for editing purposes. Click on OK.

Now, you will be able to start editing your PDF’s contents in MS Word.

Do note that this method works best with PDF files that mostly contain text as it is easier for Word to format the text for editing purposes. But if there are any illustrations or annotations in your PDF, those areas will not be so easily formatted by Word. They will come out a little misaligned or as images (and text within them is not editable). However, if your PDF contains a legible font, Word will readily make it available for editing purposes. 

Method #2: Using LightPDF Web (online tool)

When it comes to converting files from PDF to Word on Windows or macOS, there aren’t many programs you can install on your computer to get the conversion done swiftly. Because of this, we’re sticking to using LightPDF’s web tool that you can utilize within a web browser on your computer. 

The one advantage we found while using LightPDF is that there aren’t any restrictions to the number of times you can use the conversion tool or file size. You also aren’t required to sign up for the service by creating an account or sharing your email address to be able to download the converted Word document. 

To get started, open any web browser on your computer and go to the LightPDF PDF-to-Word webpage.

On this page, click on the ‘Choose file’ option indicated with a large ‘+’ icon on the screen.

In the popup window that appears, locate and select the PDF file you wish to convert and after that, click on the ‘Choose for upload’ option.

Your PDF file will now be uploaded to LightPDF. When the upload is complete, you will be shown the “Upload successfully” message next to your selected PDF file. To start the conversion process, click on the ‘Convert’ button on this page. 

LightPDF will now start processing the conversion of the file from PDF to DOCX. You should see the progress of this conversion on this page. LightPDF will offer to send you the converted PDF file over email but if you don’t want to share your email address with them or you simply don’t want to clutter up your email, you can ignore this message. 

When LightPDF completes converting your PDF file into Word format, you should see the “Convert successfully” message adjacent to the file name. To download the converted file, click on the ‘Download’ button on the screen. 

The converted file will now be downloaded onto your default downloads folder.

Convert PDF to Word On Android

To convert files from PDF to Word on an Android device, we’re using the Smallpdf app that you can download and install from the Google Play Store. The reason why we prefer this app over other options in the market is that it gets the job done for free with no watermarks, no restrictions, and no sign-ups. You can just download the app on your phone and start converting your PDF files to DOCX format right away. 

Once you have downloaded the Smallpdf app from Google Play, open it on your Android device and then tap on the ‘Let’s start’ button on the welcome screen. 

You will be taken to the Smallpdf app’s main screen. Here, tap on the ‘+’ button at the bottom center to add a PDF file to the app’s library. 

When you tap on the ‘+’ button, you will be presented with a bunch of options to select your file. If the PDF file is located inside your phone storage, tap on the ‘File’ button. 

On the next screen, locate and select the PDF file you wish to convert. 

The selected file will now be added to the Smallpdf app and when it does, you should see the “File successfully added” message at the bottom of the app’s screen. 

To convert the selected file, tap on the 3-dots icon adjacent to the file you just added to Smallpdf. 

When a list of options pop up, select ‘Convert to’ on your screen. 

You will be shown a list of all the formats that the PDF file can be converted to. Tap on the ‘Convert to Word (.docx)’ option to convert the PDF file into Word format. 

You will now be shown that your file is getting converted. 

When the conversion is complete, you should see the converted file appear above the original file inside the ‘File’ screen. If you want to save the file onto your phone’s local storage, on the cloud, or share it over some other app, tap on the 3-dots icon adjacent to the converted file’s name. 

You can choose where you want to save the Word file from the popup menu that appears below. 

Convert PDF to Word On iOS

If you own an iPhone or iPad, you can also use the Smallpdf app like on Android to convert files from PDF to Word. Before you get started, download and install the Smallpdf app from the App Store for free. 

Once it has been installed, open the Smallpdf app on iOS and tap on the ‘Let’s start’ button on the screen. 

Next, tap on the ‘+’ button at the bottom center to add a PDF file to the app’s library. 

When a list of options pop up, tap on the ‘File’ option to select the PDF from your local storage. 

Inside the popup screen, locate and select the PDF file you want to convert to DOCX. 

The selected file will now appear inside the Smallpdf app’s main screen. To go ahead and start the conversion process, tap on the 3-dots icon adjacent to the PDF file. 

When a list of options appears on the screen, select ‘Convert to’. 

Next, tap on the ‘Convert to Word (.docx)’ option to convert the PDF file into Word format. 

The selected file will now start getting converted. You will be notified when the new Word file gets created. 

If you wish to save the newly created file or share it on some other app, tap on the 3-dots icon adjacent to the file name. 

Next, choose either ‘Share’ or ‘Sync to Cloud’ to decide whether you want to save the file onto your cloud storage or share it via another app on your iOS device. 

Convert PDF to Word without using an app on iOS/Android

If you don’t wish to use an app for converting PDF files to Word for one-time use, you can use LightPDF’s web tool directly on your phone’s web browser. 

For this, open your preferred web browser on your Android or iOS device and go to the LightPDF PDF-to-Word webpage

Once the page loads up, tap on the ‘+’ button or ‘Choose file’ option. 

You will be asked to locate and select the file from your phone. Select the file you want to convert. 

The selected file will now be uploaded onto LightPDF’s server. When the upload is complete, you should see the “Upload successfully” message appear under the file name. To convert the PDF file into Word, tap on the ‘Convert’ option. 

LightPDF will now start processing the conversion of the file from PDF to DOCX. You should see the progress of this conversion on this page. 

When LightPDF completes converting your PDF file into Word format, you should see the “Convert successfully” message adjacent to the file name. To download the converted file, click on the ‘Download’ button on the screen. 

The converted file will now be downloaded onto your default downloads folder.

That’s all we have to share on converting PDF documents into Word (.docx) files. 

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