Compress PDF To 1MB – Make a PDF Smaller

Reduce the size of a PDF document to just 1 MB: Free, Online, Quick
Last updated on:
January 24, 2023
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Need to make your PDF document smaller? Let’s reduce it to 1MB.

The 3 most common reasons why people compress PDFs to 1MB are:

  • Some websites have an upload limit of 1MB;
  • They’re smaller, hence easier to send via email;
  • Saves local memory on a disk.

Regardless of the reason why you need to compress a PDF, know that you can compress it to 1MB on this very page. Let’s see how!

How to compress a PDF to 1MB

  1. Choose the PDF document: Upload or Drag & Drop;
  2. Select your favourite method: Basic, Recommended, Extreme;
  3. Wait ~30 seconds & Save the new, compressed document.
Resizing a PDF

That was the whole process. See? It didn’t take longer than a few seconds.

Will my file be the same after compression?

Yes, every compressed file stays the same as it was before. Nothing’s changed, besides the size, which is reduced to only 1MB.

Here’s what actually happens to your PDF behind the scenes: our system looks for any that within the document and it removes it if:

  • A. It serves no purpose;
  • B. It’s not going to affect your experience or your user’s.

Example: Almost every uncompressed PDF document has repetitive data. That’s data which we remove in order to save up some space.

In case you’re wondering, below you can see a list of what stays the same even after compressing your documents:

  • Text;
  • Fonts;
  • Images;
  • Page settings;
  • Colours;
  • Tables.

What happens to my document after?

After compressing your document, the system creates a new file which is identical to the one before, only now it is smaller.

Your data is safe with us. In fact, here’s what happens after compression:

  • We automatically delete your uncompressed document a few hours after the compression process;
  • The new, compressed file can be found in your dashboard, where you can edit, save, delete, share or private-share the document.

We guarantee that you have 100% control of your documents, as you should.


What do I do after I resize my PDF?

The possibilities are endless, so to speak.

We offer a suite of PDF-editing tools that work to the same level of efficiency, simplicity and speed — you can delete pages, split PDFs, merge PDFs and so much more.

In our dashboard (but also on our website), you can browse through the plethora of tools we put out.

But remember: we're an eSigning company first and foremost — you can eSign your documents, safely and securely, for free with us! So do check that out as well.

Once your document is edited, it'll be in your dashboard (if you want to keep it there). From there, it takes even fewer clicks to edit further, in case you have any alterations you want to make to it.

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