How to Disable BitLocker Drive Encryption on Windows 11 and 10?

Windows has rolled out BitLocker Drive Encryption. It is a built-in feature that keeps your data safe by encrypting your drive. It can be pretty helpful for you if you are a Windows 11 or 10 Professional and Enterprise Edition user. However, Windows also allows you to turn it off through the Control Panel if you want to do so.

If your system has privacy concerns, you should avoid turning off the BitLocker Drive Encryption. Some situations may require you to turn this feature off, such as if you use a dual-boot PC and want to access other operating system data stored on your drive. But in such a case, if your laptop somehow gets stolen or you lose it, others can access your data since it won’t be encrypted anymore.

On a side note, your data is already decrypted while using your system. It means that BitLocker Drive Encryption won’t protect your data from remote hackers while connected to the internet.

You might want to keep reading this risewindows article if you’re going to disable the BitLocker Drive Encryption feature on your system.

How to Turn Off BitLocker Drive Encryption on Windows 11 and 10?

Use the following steps to disable BitLocker Drive Encryption on Windows 11 and 10:-

Step 1: First, open Control Panel.

Step 2: Next, set “View by” to Category and go to System and Security.

Step 3: After that, find BitLocker Drive Encryption.

Step 4: As the following screen opens, you need to expand the encrypted drive and click on Turn Off BitLocker.

Step 5: Finally, click the Turn off BitLocker button in the pop-up window to disable it.

After completing all the above steps, Windows will decrypt all your data, which may take a while. Now you can close the Control Panel and continue with your work.

That’s it.

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