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4 Ways to Remove or Disable BitLocker Drive Encryption

The BitLocker encryption will help to keep your volume or the flash drive in a safe mode. But if you do not need the BitLocker encryption any more, you can remove the BitLocker encryption easily on Windows 10 computer. Here, we will show you the four ways to remove/disable BitLocker drive encryption on Windows 10.

Video guide on how to remove BitLocker drive encryption on Windows 10 desktop:

Way 1: Remove BitLocker Encryption through Control Panel

Step 1: Click Computer and go to open Control Panel. Among the computer’ setting, you need to select the System and Security.

click System and Security

Step 2: Choose BitLocker Drive Encryption to Manage BitLocker. In the BitLocker Drive Encryption interface, tap Turn off BitLocker and re-confirm your option. In this way, your drive is no longer in BitLocker password protection.

click Manage BitLocker

Way 2: Disable BitLocker Encryption with BitLocker Manager

Before you access BitLocker Manager, you should unlock the BitLocker encrypted drive with the password or recovery key.

Step 1: Hold Windows key and press E.

Step 2: Choose This PC and then you will see the Devices and the Drives. Choose your BitLocker drive and right-click on the mouse. As a result, you will get the Manage BitLocker Option.

right-click the drive to open Manage BitLocker

Step 3:Enter the BitLocker Drive Encryption interface, you are offered a series of options. To disable the BitLocker encryption, you need to click Turn off BitLocker. After that, you will get a notice about this action, click Turn off BitLocker again. In the end, the BitLocker encryption will not work on your drive.

turn off BitLocker

Way 3: Disable BitLocker through Windows PowerShell.

Step 1: Search powershell in the Windows Start Search and select the Windows PowerShell program.

Run Windows PowerShell

Step 2: When you open Windows PowerShell as the administrator, you can type Disable-Bitlocker –MountPoint “drive letter:” in it, just as the screenshot shows.

Disable-BitLocker -MountPoint

Step 3:Press Enter and the BitLocker drive decryption process will begin. In a short time, your BitLocker protection will be turned off for the drive.

 BitLocker is disable successfully

Way 4: Turn off BitLocker with Command Prompt.

Step 1: Press Windows + X, select Command Prompt (Admin) to run command prompt as an administrator.

Step 2: Type the following command as the screenshot shows: manage-bde -unlock F: -RecoveryPassword YOUR-BITLOCKER-RECOVERY-KEY .

command line to unlock BitLocker drive

Step 3: Launch manage-bde -off f: to remove BitLocker drive encryption.

command line to decrypt BitLocker

External Tips-1: Windows Built-in BitLocker Fails to Work—How to Do?

If the Windows built-in BitLocker feature is missing or fails to work, how can you remove BitLocker from the drive on Windows? Don’t worry; you can use iSunshare BitLocker Genius for Windows to turn off BitLocker on the drive within simple clicks.

Notice: You need to make the BitLocker drive in unlocking status so as to turn off BitLocker on the drive.

Step 1: Get iSunshare BitLocker Genius for Windows on your computer. After the installation, you need to run it instantly and it will detect all drives on your computer. Right-click on the drive you want to decrypt and choose Turn off BitLocker.

choose Turn off BitLocker option

Step 2: Click the Decrypt button and the BitLocker removing process will start automatically.

click the decrypt button

Step 3: In the end, you will receive the successful notification and the drive is without BitLocker protection now.

turn off bitlocker successfully

External Tips-2: How to Unlock BitLocker USB on Mac

In common situation, when we put the USB with BitLocker-encryption into Mac computer, it will pop out the window that tells us the USB is unreadable. But with BitLocker Genius, you can open, read and access the BitLocker encrypted USB in 4 steps:

  • 1. Run the software and make the USB connected with the Mac.
  • 2. Select the BitLocker USB and click the Unlock button on the navigation bar.
  • 3. Enter the password of the USB and click the Mount button.
  • 4. The decrypted USB is displayed on the desktop successfully.

unlock BitLocker encrypted drive on Mac

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