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How To Disable BitLocker Encryption in Windows 11 (8 Ways)


BitLocker Encryption is a means of using an encryption key to secure sensitive data on your drive in Windows. Encryption ensures that only authorized users have access to data stored on an encrypted volume, which is especially beneficial for portable laptops or workspaces. If you’ve more than one OS on your system, the BitLocker ensures that all the drives are encrypted to prevent data leakage to other users or attackers.

You appear to no longer require BitLocker encryption on the drive, or you wish to totally turn off BitLocker Service in Windows. By the end of this article, you’ll be able to disable BitLocker Drive Encryption in Windows 11:

NOTE: Windows 11 Home Edition doesn’t include the Bitlocker Encryption. Therefore, if you are currently running Windows 11 Home, it would be best not to waste your valuable time looking into this. Although, feel free to explore in order to widen your knowledge.


Step 1: Open the Command Prompt from the Start menu.

Step 2: To check BitLocker status, type the command:
manage-bde -status.

Step 3: When the Protection Status is set to “Protection Off”, BitLocker is disabled for that drive. However, if BitLocker is enabled for the drive, the Protection Status will be set to “Protection Onn”.

check status of BitLocker in windows using command prompt
BitLocker Status

Step 1: Open the Control Panel from the Start menu and click the “System and Security” option.

Step 2: Click the “BitLocker Drive Encryption” Button.

click the BitLocker drive encryption option in control panel
“BitLocker Drive Encryption” button

Step 3: Click the “Turn off BitLocker” button.

click the "turn off BitLocker" option
“Turn off BitLocker” option

Step 1: Press the “Windows key + R” key combination on your keyboard to open Windows Run, type “services.msc” (without quotation marks) and press the “OK” button.

Step 2: Scroll and double-click the “BitLocker Drive Encryption Service” option.

open the BitLocker device encryption service from windows services
BitLocker Drive Encryption Service

Step 3: To disable BitLocker encryption, set the startup type to “Disabled” and press the “Apply” button.

set the BitLocker encryption service to disabled
BitLocker Driver Encryption = Disabled

Step 4: Restart your computer to make changes take effect.

restart device to make changes take effect in windows
Restart the Device

Step 1: Open the “This PC” app on your computer.

Step 2: Right-click the drive for which you want to disable BitLocker and select the “Manage BitLocker” option.

right click the drive and select manage BitLocker option
“Manage BitLocker” option

Step 3: Click the “Turn off BitLocker” button.

click the "turn off BitLocker" option
“Turn off BitLocker” option

Step 1: Open the Windows RUN by pressing the “Windows key + R” key combination, type: msconfig, and hit the enter key.

Step 2: Select the “Services” tab from the top bar, uncheck the BitLocker Drive Encryption Service and click the “Apply” button.

disable BitLocker service using system configuration
Disable BitLocker Service

Step 3: Restart your computer and the next time, the BitLocker Encryption Service will be disabled.

restart device to make changes take effect in windows
Restart the Device

Step 1: Run the Command Prompt as an administrator from the Start menu.

Step 2: To unlock the BitLocker Encrypted Drive, type the command:
manage-bde -unlock Drive-Name: -RecoveryPassword Recovery-Code.

command to unlock BitLocker encrypted drive using command prompt
Unlock BitLocker Encrypted Drive

Step 3: To disable BitLocker using CMD, type the command: manage-bde -off Drive-Name:

command to turn off BitLocker using command prompt
Turn off BitLocker

Note: Replace the Drive-Name with the Drive Letter of BitLocker Encrypted Drive and Recovery-Code with the actual recovery key allotted while encrypting the drive.


Step 1: Open the Registry Editor from the Start menu.

Step 2: In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following path:
Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\BitLocker.

Step 3: Right-click the empty area on the right pane, add a new DWORD (32-bit) value and name it as PreventDeviceEncryption.

add 32 bit DWORD value in BitLocker keys in registry editor named prevent device encryption
Value Name = “PreventDeviceEncryption”

Step 4: Open the DWORD value and set the value data from 0 to 1 in hexadecimal format and click the “OK” button.

set prevent device encryption value data to 1 to disable BitLocker in windows
Value Data = 1

Step 5: Restart the computer to make changes take effect.

restart device to make changes take effect in windows
Restart the Device

Step 1: Run the PowerShell as an administrator from the Start menu.

Step 2: To disable BitLocker using PowerShell, type the command: Disable-BitLocker -MountPoint Drive_Name:

command to turn off BitLocker using PowerShell
Command to Turn off BitLocker

Note: Replace the Drive_Name with the Drive Letter of BitLocker encrypted drive.


Step 1: In the Start menu, type: Group Policy Editor and hit the enter key.

Step 2: Navigate to the following path:
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > BitLocker Drive Encryption > Removable Data Drives and double-click the “Control use of BitLocker on removable drives” option.

navigate to BitLocker drive encryption keys in group policy editor
BitLocker Drive Encryption Keys

Step 3: Select the “Disabled” option and click the “OK” button.

disable the use of BitLocker on removable drives using group policy editor
“Disabled” option

This policy setting controls the use of BitLocker on removable data drives. This policy setting is applied when you turn on BitLocker.

If you do not configure this policy setting, users can use BitLocker on removable disk drives. If you disable this policy setting, users cannot use BitLocker on removable disk drives.


Next Steps

We’ve covered how to Disable BitLocker Encryption in Windows 11 and how to turn off BitLocker Encryption for any particular drive. You can choose any of the methods that you find convenient to follow.

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