Can Mac access a BitLocker encrypted USB drive?

Updated by Tim to BitLocker for Mac Tips on November 30th, 2020

Today I'm going to show you how to open, read, write BitLocker encrypted USB drive on your Mac.

Click section below to be taken right to one of the strategies.

BitLocker for macOS & Mac OS X

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 USB drive. However, I need to open BitLocker encrypted USB drive on my Mac computer. How to do it?

The above 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 supported on Mac or can Mac open a BitLocker encrypted drive?

The answer is YES. Download M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac to open a BitLocker encrypted drive on your Mac now:

Many users have known macOS cannot open a BitLocker encrypted drive, why?

As we know, BitLocker drive encryption is developed by Microsoft. However, Microsoft has not implemented BitLocker for Mac version, so macOS cannot recognize BitLocker drive encryption. It is why you cannot open a BitLocker encrypted drive on Mac.

However, a good news is... With the help of the 3rd-party BitLocker for Mac tool: M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac, BitLocker is compatible with Mac.

M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac is compatible with macOS Big Sur 11/Catalina 10.15/10.14/10.13. With it, you can open a BitLocker encrypted drive and use BitLocker to encrypt an external drive on your Mac.

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

How to open, read, write a BitLocker encrypted USB drive on your Mac

Follow the below steps to open, access, read, write a BitLocker encrypted USB drive on your Mac:

Step 1: The first step is to download M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac from our official site.

M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac requires macOS 10.13 or later version.

Step 2: After downloading, find the "m3bitlockerloader.pkg" file in your Downloads folder and double-click on it.

Follow the wizard to install M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac on your Mac.

Step 3: If you are using macOS 10.13 and later version, click "Open Security Preferences" to allow system extension when prompted.

Step 4: Once M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac 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.

M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac requires a healthy BitLocker encrypted USB drive. If your BitLocker encrypted drive has been corrupted, try M3 BitLocker Recovery to recover data from a corrupted BitLocker encrypted drive.

Step 6: Click "Open" icon under that BitLocker encrypted drive you want to open.

Select BitLocker encrypted drive on Mac

Step 7: Enter the password or 48-digit BitLocker recovery key and click "Unlock" to mount this BitLocker encrypted drive.

Mount BitLocker encrypted drive on Mac

Notes:

1. If it is BitLocker encrypted OS drive, recovery key is the only way to unlock this drive on your Mac.
2. If you have lost the password and 48-digit recovery key, M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac won't break into your BitLocker encrypted drive.
3. If you forgot the password to unlock this BitLocker encrypted drive, read our article: How to unlock BitLocker encrypted drive without password and recovery key.

Step 9: After unlocking this BitLocker encrypted USB drive, it will be mounted in read-write mode. Then you can operate this BitLocker encrypted USB drive as same as your Mac's native drive. For example, read, write, copy, delete, edit, rename.

Open/Access BitLocker encrypted drive on Mac

Once these files leave from BitLocker encrypted USB drive, they won't be protected by BitLocker any more.

These files will be automatically encrypted once you copy them to your BitLocker encrypted USB drive.

Step 10: To protect your data security, click on "Lock" button to lock your drive and then click on "Eject" button to safely eject your BitLocker encrypted drive from Mac.

Eject BitLocker encrypted drive in M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac

Don't unplug the BitLocker encrypted USB drive from your Mac in case of any disaster, this is very important.

Key features of M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac

M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac can read, write BitLocker encrypted drive and use BitLocker to encrypt external drive on Mac.

1. Read/write a BitLocker encrypted drive on your Mac

M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac can easily open a BitLocker encrypted drive and then enable to read/write it on Mac. However, the password or recovery key is required.

M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac supports USB drive, flash drive, external hard drive, pen drive, thumb drive, memory stick, etc.

M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac supports macOS Big Sur 11/Catalina 10.15/10.14/10.13.

It is fully compatible with Mac Mini, Mac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac or iMac Pro.

2. Use BitLocker to encrypt an external drive on your Mac

Besides to read and write BitLocker encrypted drive on Mac, M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac has a disk encryption feature. It can encrypt external drive on Mac OS X 10.11 and later version.

The file system of an external drive must be NTFS, FAT32 or exFAT when encrypting with M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac.

Follow below steps to use BitLocker to encrypt a USB drive on your Mac:

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

Step 2: Insert a USB drive into your Mac computer.

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 drive, click Encrypt button located this USB drive.

Encrypt drive with M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac

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

Enter the password

Step 7: Save the recovery key.

Save the recovery key

Step 8: BitLocker drive encryption will take a while. Once it is completed, your USB drive will be protected by BitLocker.

Start BitLocker drive encryption on Mac

Actually there is no program installed on your USB 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/write BitLocker encrypted USB drive on your Mac.

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Now, you can access a BitLocker encrypted USB drive on any Windows computer without the 3rd-party software. What's more, BitLocker encrypted USB drive can be opened on Linux with M3 BitLocker Loader for Linux.

How to decrypt or turn off BitLocker on your Mac?

Although M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac doesn't have "turn off BitLocker" function, but you can remove BitLocker encryption with following method:

Step 1: Back up the important data. Use M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac to open BitLocker encrypted USB drive and then copy files out.

Step 2: Open Applications folder -> Utilities -> Disk Utility.

Step 3: Select the BitLocker encrypted USB drive from the left panel in Disk Utility.

Step 4: In Disk Utility, click "Erase" on the top menu and then remove BitLocker encryption from USB drive.

Erase BitLocker encrypted USB drive on Mac

How to format a BitLocker encrypted USB drive?

For Mac

Step 1: Install and launch M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac on your Mac.

Step 2: Enter the password to open BitLocker encrypted USB drive.

Step 3: Back up the important data.

Step 4: Format USB drive with Disk Utility. Refer to How to format USB flash drive on Mac?

For Windows

Step 1: Enter the password or recovery key to unlock the BitLocker encrypted USB drive on Windows.

Step 2: Back up the important data.

Step 3: Right click on BitLocker encrypted USB drive in Windows explorer and then select "Format" option to format it.

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