How to Find BitLocker Recovery Key in Windows 11

This post describes steps you can take to find your BitLocker recovery key in Windows 11.

BitLocker helps protect your data on your computer so only authorized users have access to it. If someone tries to access your BitLocker enabled computer without authentication, access will be denied.

During BitLocker encryption process, you’ll be prompted to back up your BitLocker recovery key. There are multiple locations one can use to store their BitLocker recovery key.

Your BitLocker recovery key is a unique 48-digit numerical password that can be used to unlock your system if BitLocker is otherwise unable to confirm for certain that the attempt to access the system drive is authorized.

If you use Microsoft account to sign into your BitLocker encrypted device, then you can on use another device to find your recovery key from your Microsoft account.

Use the link below to access your BitLocker recovery key from online:

How to find your BitLocker recovery key in Windows 11

As described above, if your system is asking you for your BitLocker recovery key, the following information may help you locate your recovery key.

When you are encrypting your Windows device, you’ll get a prompt to save or store your recovery key.

You can save the recovery key at the following locations:

  • Microsoft account – Microsoft personal or business online account.
  • On a printout – Print out from a printer.
  • On a USB flash drive – Save key to USB connected to your computer.
  • In an Azure Active Directory account – Organization using a work or school email account.
  • Held by your system administrator – Work or school environment where system administrator keeps your BitLocker recovery key.

So, all the above locations are places you can look to get your device’s BitLocker recovery key if you are prompted for it.

From Microsoft account:

If you saved your device’s BitLocker recovery key online in your Microsoft account, then use the link below to access it.

On a printout:

If you key was printed, you should have a paper similar to the one below.

On a USB drive:

If you saved your recovery key on a USB disk, simply use another device to open the drive’s content.

If you are unable to locate the BitLocker recovery key and can’t revert any configuration change that might have caused it to be required, you’ll need to reset your device using one of the Windows recovery options.

That should do it!


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