How to Enable or Disable Device Encryption on Windows 11?

In Windows 11, Device Encryption is built-in to protect your system. This technology uses BitLocker technology to automatically encrypt your drives and contents using a robust encryption algorithm. Using Device Encryption, only authorized users can access the data on your computer. And on top of all, Device Encryption seamlessly integrates with your user account. Log in to your account, and all drives will decrypt automatically. Device Encryption will not affect your performance in any way.

If Device Encryption is active, the drives will show a small lock icon. In previous versions of Windows, all your data was protected by the user account. It means terrible actors can remove your hard drive and place it on another computer to access your data. Device encryption avoids this. Since Device Encryption requires a connected user account or BitLocker recovery keys, your data is protected.

In this risewindows article, we will guide you on how to turn on or off device encryption on Windows 11.

What are the Requirements for Device encryption?

On Windows 11, below are the minimum system requirements for the Device Encryption feature.

  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0 with support for Modern Standby.
  • TPM must be enabled on UEFI.
  • Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) firmware.

How to Check if my Device Supports Device Encryption?

To know if your laptop or desktop meets the requirements for device encryption, follow these steps:-

Step 1. First, click the Search button on the taskbar and type System Information.

Step 2. Now, right-click the System Information app and select the Run as administrator option.

Step 3. Then, select the System Summary branch from the left sidebar when the System Information window opens.

Step 4. After that, scroll down to the right side pane and look for the “Device Encryption Support” entry. If it reads “Meets prerequisites,” your computer supports Device Encryption.

What is the procedure for turning on or off Device Encryption on Windows 11?

Step 1. First, open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I keys on the keyboard.

Step 2. When Windows Settings opens, select Privacy & security from the left sidebar.

Step 3. Then, on the right sidebar, click the Device encryption.

Step 4. After that, in the Device encryption settings page, turn On the toggle switch beside Device encryption.

After completing the above steps, Windows 11 will turn on encryption for all the files stored on your computer.

If you want to turn off the device encryption on your computer, in step 4, turn off the toggle switch beside the Device encryption option.

That’s it for the article.

I hope this post will be informative to you.

Good luck & keep learning, guys.

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