How to Enable or Disable Device Encryption on Windows 11?

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Bitlocker is a handy feature of Windows 11 Pro and Enterprise edition, but it is not a part of Windows 11 Home. But, if you need, you can still protect your drive using “Device Encryption” technology.

Device encryption helps protect your data, and it’s available on a wide range of Windows devices. If you turn on device encryption, the data on your device can only be accessed by people who’ve been authorized.

Typically when you need to access your data, you need to login into your Windows 11. That means your necessary data is protected behind a login screen. But, if somebody wants to bypass those Windows protections, they could open the computer case and remove the physical hard drive. Then by adding your hard drive as a second drive on a machine, they control. In such a situation, they may be able to access your data without needing your credentials.

In this gearupwindows article, we will guide you in enabling and disabling device encryption on Windows 11.

What are the Requirements for Device encryption?

To be able to use the Device Encryption feature on Windows 11, the following hardware is required:-

  • 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, use these steps:-

Step 1. Click the Search button on the taskbar and type System Information.

Step 2. Right-click the System Information app and select the Run as administrator option.

Step 3. Select the System Summary branch from the left sidebar when the System Information window opens.

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

How to Turn On or Turn Off Device Encryption on Windows 11?

Step 1. Open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I keys from the keyboard.

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

Step 3. On the right sidebar, click the Device encryption.

Step 4. In the Device encryption settings page, turn On the toggle switch beside Device encryption.

Once you complete the above steps, Windows 11 will turn on encryption for all the files stored on your computer.

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


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