How To Password Protect Google Docs

Last Updated on August 16, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to password protect Google Docs.

How To Password Protect Google Docs

Sometimes, you may need to password protect a document in Google Docs for extra security. Whether it’s a company spreadsheet, a private document, or something else, adding a password can be a great way to protect it from unauthorized access.In this guide, we will show you how to password protect a Google Docs document by converting it into a Microsoft Word file that supports password protection.

How to Add Password Protection in Google Docs

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to add password protection in Google Docs.

Step 1

Access the Google Docs document you want to password protect.

Step 2

Click File > Download > Microsoft Word (.docx).

This action will download a copy of your document to your computer that has been converted to a .docx file.

Step 3

Start the Microsoft Word application and open the recently downloaded document.

Step 4

In the File tab, click on the Info option.

Step 5

Click on the Protect Document button and select Encrypt with Password.

Step 6

Type the password you want to use to protect your document. Click on OK to proceed.

Whenever you access this .docx file, the user should now be prompted to provide a password.

Step 7

We can now upload the password-protected document to our Google Drive account. In Google Drive, click on New > File upload and select the document.

Even when accessing the document in Google Drive, you will be asked to provide a password.


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to password protect Google Docs.

Click this link to make a copy of this sample document to try doing it yourself!