Windows 11 Device Encryption

How to Enable Device Encryption in Windows 11 Home

Standard and BitLocker encryption are the two forms of encryption available in Windows. Encrypting your data is a staged procedure for making it more secure. Only accessed individuals can read and alter your data if you choose basic or device encryption in Windows 11. If someone wants to look at your data, you must first grant them access. Many Windows 11 PCs do not provide device encryption, but they include BitLocker Encryption, which is equally helpful.

It shows, “Device encryption isn’t available for this device.”

Most Windows 11 PCs support device encryption, or to put it another way. Suppose your Windows 11 Home PC doesn’t support Device Encryption. In that case, your PC does not have the required hardware requirements, such as a TPM chip not available, a PCR7 link not supported, an Unauthorized DMA-compatible device, a Hardware Security Test Interface Failed, and more.

While BitLocker Encryption is only available on a few Windows PCs, most use Windows 11 Pro or Enterprise. Certain Windows 11 devices enable device encryption as well as BitLocker Encryption.

Turn on Windows 11 Device Encryption

To turn on the device encryption, the first step you will have to do is navigate to the Settings app. Then, go to the Privacy and Security section and click the device encryption option. Now, turn on-device encryption. When you turn it on, it will show “Encryption in progress.” Kindly do not close the PC or do other activities while the data is getting encrypted. The warning might disappear in a minute or two, or it might take some longer time in a few rare scenarios. You can close the settings application if the warning has disappeared now.

turn on-device encryption

It is highly advised that you now back up the BitLocker recovery key used for Device Encryption to avoid any unwanted scenarios. If you’re ever asked for it to get access to your Windows disc, you’ll need to know this BitLocker recovery key.

It’s worth noting that you’ll need to be logged in as an administrator to switch on or off device encryption in Windows 11. Otherwise, you won’t be able to change the device encryption settings, according to Microsoft. By default, Windows 11 utilises the XTS-AES 128-bit BitLocker encryption method and cypher strength. You must modify the BitLocker encryption method and cypher strength before turning on-device encryption if you want to utilise a better XTS-AES 256-bit BitLocker encryption method and cypher strength.

Well, if you have problems or want to turn off the device encryptions. Here is a step-by-step method on-

Turn off Windows 11 Device Encryption

Turning off device encryption is a pretty simple process; first, open settings apps, navigate to Privacy and security options, and then turn off the device encryption. It will now show a warning: “Decryption is in progress. You can continue using your device”. Here, unlike before, you can do other activities but do not turn off the PC before the warning disappears. As soon as it is finished, you can close the Settings application.

That being said, why do you want to disable the encryption of your device, and why you’re opting for encryption? Please let us know in the comment section below.

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Zaid is a tech writer at DealNTech, passionate about exploring and researching new gadgets and helping readers easily understand their features. He specializes in testing PC issues and staying up-to-date on the latest PC news. Email: [email protected].

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