Windows 11 Device Encryption

How to Enable Device Encryption in Windows 11 Home

It’s quick and easy to encrypt your hard drives

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 will be able to 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 do include BitLocker Encryption, which is equally helpful.

Showing “Device encryption isn’t available for this device”

Device encryption is supported by the majority of Windows 11 PCs, or to put it another way, any device that supports Modern Standby is supported by device encryption. If your Windows 11 Home PC doesn’t support Device Encryption that means your PC does not have the required hardware requirements such as TPM chip not available, PCR7 link not supported, Unauthorized DMA-compatible device, Hardware Security Test Interface Failed and more.

While BitLocker Encryption is only available on a few Windows PCs, the majority of them use Windows 11 Pro or Enterprise version. There are also certain Windows 11 devices that 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 then click on the device encryption option. Now turn on-device encryption. As soon as 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 few rare scenarios. You can close the settings application if the warning has been disappeared now.

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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 ran into some problems or if you 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 of all, open settings apps then navigate to Privacy and security options, 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 make sure not to turn off the PC before the warning disappears. As soon as it gets 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, do let us know in the comment section below.

About Chandan Pandit

He is a Tech Journalist at Dealntech. He writes on Mobile and Android related news. Keeping the contents as simple as possible with proper information is his goal. He enjoys researching all kinds of tech products, especially fascinating latest mobile phones and gadgets. In his free time, he loves playing mobile games.

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