How to open BitLocker-encrypted USB drive on Mac?

Updated by Tim to BitLocker for Mac Tips on June 16th, 2021

On this article, you will learn how to open a BitLocker-encrypted USB drive on your Mac.

How to access a BitLocker-encrypted USB drive on Mac?

I am a cross-platform user, I am sometimes required to use Windows but my choice is Mac. To secure the data on my USB, I have enabled BitLocker encryption on my USB drive. However, I need to open a BitLocker USB drive on my Mac. How to do it?

The question is from Apple discussions forum. You may ask the same question if you want to open a BitLocker-encrypted USB drive on your Mac.

Is BitLocker compatible with Mac or can Mac open a BitLocker-encrypted drive?

The answer is YES. Please read on.

With the help of the 3rd-party professional BitLocker for Mac tool: M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac, you can open BitLocker-encrypted drive in read-write mode on your Mac.

M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac is fully compatible with macOS Monterey Beta, Big Sur, Catalina, Mojave, High Sierra and Apple Silicon M1 Mac.

Even BitLocker is compatible with macOS through M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac, how to open a BitLocker-encrypted USB drive on Mac?

Tutorial to open a BitLocker-encrypted USB drive on Mac:

Follow the below step-by-step tutorial to read/write BitLocker encrypted drive on your Mac:

Step 1: Download M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac.

The first step is to download "m3bitlockerloader.pkg" from our official site.

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Step 2: Install M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac.

After downloading, doule click the "m3bitlockerloader.pkg" file in your Downloads folder and follow the wizard to install it.

Step 3: Enable system extensions.

If your Mac is running macOS High Sierra 10.13 and later version, click "Open Security Preferences" to allow system extensions when prompted.

Step 4: Launch M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac.

Once it is installed, go to Applications folder and launch M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac.

Launch M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac

Step 5: Insert a BitLocker-encrypted USB drive into your Mac.

If you don't have a BitLocker-encrypted USB drive at the hand, please use M3 BitLocker Loadder for Mac to encrypt a USB drive on Mac via BitLocker.

M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac requires a healthy BitLocker-encrypted USB drive. If your BitLocker-encrypted USB drive has been corrupted, try our BitLocker data recovery software: M3 BitLocker Recovery to recover data.

Step 6: Click "Open" icon under that BitLocker-encrypted USB drive.

Select BitLocker-encrypted drive on Mac

Step 7: Choose "Volume mounter" option at this step.

If you want to evaluate it, please choose "File manager" option.

Mount BitLocker-encrypted drive on Mac

On the unlock window, there are two options to unlock BitLocker-encrypted drive.

  • File manager: It allows you to browse and preview the files and directories from BitLocker-encrypted drive so that you can evaluate the trial version before purchasing.
  • Volume mounter: Available in full version. It allows to mount BitLocker-encrypted drive in read-write mode.

Step 8: Enter the password.

  • If it is BitLocker-encrypted OS drive, 48-digit BitLocker recovery key is the only way to unlock this drive on your Mac.
  • If you have lost the password and 48-digit BitLocker recovery key, M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac doesn't and won't break into your BitLocker-encrypted drive.

Step 9: Click Unlock to mount BitLocker-encrypted drive on your Mac.

Open BitLocker-encrypted drive on Mac

After mounting the BitLocker-encrypted drive in read-write mode, you can operate this drive in Finder as same as your Mac's native drive. For example, read (transfer files from BitLocker encrypted drive to your Mac), write, copy, delete, edit, rename.

Two things you need to do after reading/writing a BitLocker-encrypted drive on Mac:

To disconnect your BitLocker drive properly, please click on Lock button to lock your drive and then click on Eject button to safely eject it.

Eject BitLocker-encrypted drive in M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac

How to encrypt a USB drive on Mac via BitLocker?

As we know, BitLocker is the most truely secure encryption solution built-in Windows. Although Microsoft has not implemented BitLocker for Mac version, but M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac can encrypt a USB drive via BitLocker.

Tutorial to password protect a USB drive on Mac via BitLocker:

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

Step 2: Insert a USB external hard drive into your Mac.

Step 3: Launch M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac.

Step 4: Click "Encrypt" button in the toolbar of M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac.

M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac

Step 5: After seeing the USB external hard drive, click Encrypt button located this USB hard drive.

Encrypt drive with M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac

Step 6: Enter the password. It is used to encrypt USB external hard drive and then unlock BitLocker-encrypted USB drive later.

Enter the password

Step 7: Click "Save to a file" or "Print the recovery key" to save 48-digit recovery key and then click Next.

Save the recovery key

Step 8: Click "Start encrypting". BitLocker drive encryption will take a while. Once it is completed, your USB external hard drive will be encrypted by BitLocker.

Start BitLocker drive encryption on Mac

During this encryption process, there is no program installed on your USB hard drive, so you don't need to worry about your data security.

After encrypting USB drive, you can use M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac to read and write BitLocker-encrypted USB drive on your Mac.

BitLocker for Mac FAQ:

Q: Is BitLocker compatible with Mac?

A: Yes. With the help of M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac, BitLocker is compatible with Mac so that you can read/write BitLocker-encrypted drive on Mac.

Q: Does BitLocker work on Mac?

A: Yes. With the help of M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac, BitLocker can work on Mac.

Q: How do you unlock a BitLocker drive on a Mac?

A: Install M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac on your Mac and then enter the password to unlock BitLocker drive on this Mac.

Q: How do I open BitLocker for free on Mac?

A: Install M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac on your Mac and then enter the password to unlock BitLocker drive on this Mac.

Q: Is M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac safe?

A: Of course, offering a safe and reliable product is our mission. It won't steal any of your confidential information, business documents, or private pictures on your storage device. Check the customer review...

Q: Is there any Windows 10 BitLocker for Mac tool?

A: Yes, M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac is such tool which is compatible with Windows 10 BitLocker.

Q: I don't have the password and 48-digit BitLocker recovery key, M3 Data Recovery can recover data from BitLocker-encrypted drive?

A: No, M3 Data Recovery doesn't and won't break into BitLocker drive without the password and 48-digit recovery key.