Bitlocker is a useful feature of Windows 11 Pro and Enterprise editions, but it is not included in the Home edition. However, you can still use “Device Encryption on Windows 11” technology to protect your drive if necessary.
Device encryption protects your information and is available on a variety of Windows devices. When you enable device encryption, only people who have been given permission can access the information on your device.
When you need to access your data, you usually need to log into your Windows 11 computer. That means your sensitive information is hidden behind a login screen. However, if someone wanted to get around Windows’ security features, they could open the computer case and remove the physical hard drive. They control your hard drive by adding it as a second drive on a machine. They may be able to access your data without needing your credentials in this situation.
We’ll show you how to enable and disable device encryption on Windows 11 in this article.
The Requirements of Device encryption
The following hardware is required to use the Device Encryption feature in Windows 11:-
- Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0 with support for Modern Standby.
- TPM must be enabled on UEFI.
- Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) firmware.
Check if the Device Supports Device Encryption
To know if your laptop or desktop meets the requirements for device encryption, use these steps:-
- Type System Information into the Search box on the taskbar.
- Select Run as administrator from the context menu when you right-click the System Information app.
- When the System Information window appears, select the System Summary branch from the left sidebar.
- Then look for the “Device Encryption Support” entry on the right side pane. Your computer supports Device Encryption if it says “Meets prerequisites.”
Turn On or Turn Off Device Encryption on Windows 11
- By pressing the Windows + I keys on the keyboard, you can access the Settings app.
- Select Privacy & security from the left sidebar when Windows Settings opens.
- Select Device encryption from the right-hand sidebar.
- Turn the toggle switch next to Device encryption on in the Device encryption settings page.
Once you’ve completed the steps above, Windows 11 will encrypt all of the files on your computer.
If you want to disable device encryption on your computer in the future, turn off the toggle switch next to the Device encryption option in step 4 above.