Turn On or Off Auto-unlock for BitLocker Encrypted Data Drives in Windows 10

You can turn BitLocker Auto-unlock for fixed or removable Data Drives, on or off using BitLocker Manager, Command Prompt, and PowerShell. In this post, we will show you how you can enable or disable auto-unlock for a fixed or removable data drive encrypted by BitLocker in Windows 10.

Turn On or Off Auto-unlock for BitLocker Encrypted Data Drives

You can enable or disable Turn On or Off Auto-unlock for BitLocker Encrypted Data Drives using:

  1. BitLocker Manager
  2. Command Prompt
  3. PowerShell.

Let us see how to do this.

1] Via BitLocker Manager

Open the Control Panel, and click the BitLocker Drive Encryption icon.

To Turn On Auto-unlock: Click on the chevron to collapse the fixed data drive or removable data drive that you want to turn on auto-unlock for. Click Turn on auto-unlock and exit.

Turn On or Off Auto-unlock for BitLocker Encrypted Data Drives

To Turn Off Auto-unlock: Click on the chevron to collapse the fixed data drive or removable data drive that you want to turn on auto-unlock for. Click Turn off auto-unlock.

 

2] Via Command Prompt

Open an elevated command prompt and then run these commands:

To Turn On Auto-unlock:

Turn On or Off Auto-unlock for BitLocker Encrypted Data Drives

manage-bde -autounlock -enable <drive letter>:

Substitute <drive letter> in the command above with the actual drive letter of the encrypted drive you want to turn on auto-unlock. For example:

manage-bde -autounlock -enable E:

You can now exit the command prompt environment.

To Turn Off Auto-unlock:

Type the command below in the elevated command prompt, hit Enter.

manage-bde -autounlock -disable <drive letter>:

Substitute <drive letter> in the command above with the actual drive letter of the encrypted drive you want to turn off auto-unlock. For example:

manage-bde -autounlock -disable E:

You can now exit the command prompt environment.

3] Via PowerShell

Open an elevated PowerShell and then execute the following command:

To Turn On Auto-unlock for Specific Fixed or Removable Data Drive:

Enable-BitLockerAutoUnlock -MountPoint "<drive letter>:"

Substitute <drive letter> in the command above with the actual drive letter of the encrypted drive you want to turn on auto-unlock. For example:

Enable-BitLockerAutoUnlock -MountPoint "E:"

You can now exit the PowerShell environment.

To Turn Off Auto-unlock for Specific Fixed or Removable Data Drive:

Disable-BitLockerAutoUnlock -MountPoint "<drive letter>:"

Substitute <drive letter> in the command above with the actual drive letter of the encrypted drive you want to turn off auto-unlock. For example:

Disable-BitLockerAutoUnlock -MountPoint "E:"

You can now exit the PowerShell environment.

To Turn Off Auto-unlock for All Fixed Data Drives:

Type the command below in the elevated PowerShell, hit Enter.

Clear-BitLockerAutoUnlock

This will help you enable or disable Auto-unlock for BitLocker Encrypted Data Drives in Windows 10.

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Obinna Onwusobalu, MCSA MCTS MCITP, has studied Information & Communication Technology and is a keen follower of the Windows ecosystem. He runs a computer software clinic. He says, it's best practice to create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system.

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