By Tim | Posted to Home > BitLocker for Mac Tips, updated on July 19th, 2021

How to unlock, open BitLocker encrypted drive on Mac?

Summary: Here you will find how to unlock, open, read, write BitLocker encrypted drive on Mac with BitLocker for Mac tool: M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac.

BitLocker is, by design, a proprietary feature in Windows to encrypt an entire drive and protect your data against unauthorized changes. However, if you insert an external drive encrypted by BitLocker To Go to your Mac computer, you'll be prompted with "The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer".

The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer

What to do if you have to open the BitLocker encrypted drive on Mac? Is there any free BitLocker for Mac tools? Let's dive into the details.

Table of contents
Does BitLocker work on Mac?
Can you open BitLocker encrypted drive on Mac anyway?
What is BitLocker for Mac software?
How to open BitLocker encrypted drive on Mac?

Does BitLocker work on Mac?

By default, neither Apple nor Microsoft offers a method to open, read or write to BitLocker To Go encrypted drives in macOS or Mac OS X. If you check in Disk Utility, you'll find the BitLocker drive detected, but you cannot mount it manually.

As you have already known, an unmounted drive is inaccessible on Mac, and you are unable to view, edit, or transfer files on it.

BitLocker drive is unmounted on Mac

Can you open BitLocker encrypted drives on Mac anyway?

Yes, you can have full access to a BitLocker encrypted drive on your Mac computer, conditionally.

At first, the BitLocker encrypted drive should be healthy. It's impossible to read or write to a drive if it is formatted, corrupted or even damaged physically.

Second, the password or the recovery key is a must to unlock the BitLocker encrypted drive, either on a Mac or on a Windows PC. Learn how to find the recovery key >>

Third, you need to install a BitLocker for Mac tool on your Mac computer to enable the access.

What is BitLocker for Mac software?

Generally, BitLocker for Mac software (such as: M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac) is a tool which can help you mount Windows BitLocker encrypted drives on Mac, bridging the gap between Windows and Mac while keeping data secure. It allows you to open, read and write to BitLocker encrypted drives, including external hard drives, USB flash drives, and SD cards, and also supports NTFS, exFAT or FAT32 file systems. With a BitLocker for Mac tool, you can feel free to share photos, videos, documents and other private files with friends or partners without hassle.

What's more, compared with free BitLocker for Mac software, some paid programs also enable you to secure a drive with Windows BitLocker encryption on Mac. That's to say, in addition to Apple's native encryption features - FileVault and APFS (encrypted), you have a third drive encryption choice on Mac, aka, BitLocker.

How to open BitLocker encrypted drives on Mac?

As mentioned above, to access a BitLocker encrypted drive on Mac, you should have:

1. The password or the recovery key of the BitLocker encrypted drive.

2. A BitLocker for Mac program: M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac to enable BitLocker read-write support on Mac.

After free downloading the BitLocker for Mac tool: M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac and installing it on your Mac, you can follow its tutorial to open BitLocker encrypted drives on Mac, or encrypt the drive with BitLocker through simple clicks.

Tutorial to unlock, open BitLocker encrypted drive on Mac:

Step 1: Download M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac on your Mac.

Step 2: Double click the installation package and follow the wizard to complete the installation.

Step 3: Launch M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac from Applications folder or launchpad.

Step 4: Insert a BitLocker encrypted drive (USB drive, flash drive, external hard drive) into your Mac.

Launch M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac

M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac requires a healthy BitLocker encrypted drive. If your BitLocker encrypted drive has been corrupted, please try BitLocker data recovery software: M3 Data Recovery in Windows to recover lost data from corrupted BitLocker encrypted drive.

Step 5: Select the BitLocker encrypted drive and then click "Open" icon to continue.

Select BitLocker encrypted drive on Mac

Step 6: Enter the password (or 48-digit BitLocker recovery key) and click "Unlock" to unlock BitLocker encrypted drive.

Mount BitLocker encrypted drive on Mac

If it is BitLocker encrypted OS drive, the recovery key is the only way to open BitLocker encrypted drive on your Mac.

If you lost the password and recovery key, M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac cannot break into the BitLocker encrypted drive, please refer to how to unlock BitLocker encrypted drive without password and recovery key?

Step 7: After mounting the BitLocker encrypted drive on your Mac, you can read or write BitLocker encrypted drive in Finder like a native drive.

open BitLocker encrypted drive on Mac

The files will not be protected from the BitLocker drive encryption once they leave from BitLocker encrypted drive and the files will be automatically encrypted after copying from your Mac computer to the BitLocker encrypted drive.

Step 8: After reading/writing BitLocker encrypted drive, please click Lock button in M3 BitLocker Loader to lock your BitLocker encrypted drive.

Step 9: Click Eject button in M3 BitLocker Loader to safely eject BitLocker encrypted drive from your Mac computer, please don't directly unplug BitLocker encrypted drive in case of data loss, it is very important.

Eject BitLocker encrypted drive in M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac

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