Can I enable/turn on BitLocker encryption on Windows 10 Home?

Updated by Admin to Bitlocker for Windows Home on June 17th, 2019

I have Windows 10 Home edition, not Professional edition. Is there any way to install Bitlocker on Windows 10 Home, or do I have to upgrade to Windows 10 Professional?

Windows 10 is same as Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, Bitlocker drive encryption is still not available on Windows 10 Home.

Although Bitlocker drive encryption feature is missing in Control Panel of Windows 10 Home, but there are three options to enable/install Bitlocker on Windows 10 Home edition.

Option 1: Encrypt the drive on another Windows 10 Professional computer

Find another Windows 10 Professional computer, encrypt the drive with Bitlocker and then move the Bitlocker encrypted drive to the Windows 10 Home computer.

Option 2: Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Professional

Although Bitlocker drive encryption feature is missing on Windows 10 Home, but it is available in Windows 10 Professional, but it is not very nice to pay US$99 for Bitlocker drive encryption feature.

Option 3: M3 Bitlocker Loader for Windows

M3 Bitlocker Loader for Windows is a Bitlocker solution which can enable/turn on Bitlocker drive encryption on hard drive or USB flash drive on Windows 10/8/7 home editions.

After encrypting the drive and wanting to open Bitlocker encrypted drive on Mac, please download M3 Bitlocker Loader for Mac.

Step 1: Download and install M3 Bitlocker Loader for Windows on Windows computer.

Step 2: Launch M3 Bitlocker Loader for Windows.

Step 3: Select the drive you want to encrypt.

M3 Bitlocker Loader for Windows home

Step 4: Click Encrypt.

Step 5: Enter the password and then click Next.

Enter the password

Step 6: Save the recovery key and then click Next.

Save the recovery key

Step 7: Start Bitlocker drive encryption on the specific drive in Windows 10 Home.

How to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive on Windows 10 Home?

Although Bitlocker drive encryption feature is missing on Windows 10 Home Control Panel, but Windows 10 Home can unlock and write Bitlocker encrypted drive, M3 Bitlocker Loader for Windows also has this function.

Step 1: Right click the Bitlocker encrypted drive in My Computer (This PC) or Disk Management.

Step 2: Select Unlock from the right-click menu.

Step 3: Enter the password to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive.

Unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive with password

If you don't have the password, please click "More options" -> click "Enter recovery key".

Unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive

Enter the recovery key to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive.

Unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive with recovery key

How to change the Bitlocker password on Windows 10 Home?

Step 1: Type cmd in search, right click cmd.exe from the search results and then choose "Run as administrator" from the right-click menu.

Command Prompt

Step 2: Type the command: manage-bde -changepassword X: (Replace X with the drive letter of your Bitlocker encrypted drive), and press Enter.

Step 3: Type the new password when prompted and press Enter.

Step 4: Confirm the new password by typing it again when prompted and press Enter.

Step 5: If your password has been successfully updated, you can now close the command prompt window.

How to turn off Bitlocker drive encryption on Windows 10 Home?

Step 1: Type cmd in search, right click cmd.exe from the search results and then choose "Run as administrator" from the right-click menu.

Step 2: When Command Prompt opens, enter the command: manage-bde -off X: and press Enter (Replace X with the drive letter of your Bitlocker encrypted drive). After that, Bitlocker drive encryption will be turned off on the specific drive and the data is not protected by Bitlocker any more.

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