BitLocker is a useful security feature for modern Windows installations that helps protect your files and data from prying eyes. But if you’ve made major changes to your PC, or an administrator initiated a security incident, you may need to input your BitLocker recovery key to get into Windows. Is it not at hand? Don’t worry. Here’s how to find your recovery key so you can log in again.
Did you write it down?
If you have never physically recorded your BitLocker recovery key information anywhere, you can skip this step. However, it’s always worth checking if you have your recovery key written down somewhere or, if you’re on a network, ask the administrator to see if they have any note of the key.
If you can find that piece of paper on a pen-drive, digital note, or other written form of the BitLocker recovery key, it may save you some trouble by getting hold of that note and inputting it from there.
Is it a school or workplace device?
If you’re trying to recover a BItlocker key for a device provided to you by your work or school, chances are your BitLocker key is stored in the organization’s Azure AD account. Try accessing the Azure AD recovery page yourself, and if possible, select Get BitLocker Keys To find your keys.
If you can’t access it directly, try asking your network or organization administrator to do it for you.
Recover your key from your Microsoft account
The simplest way to find your BitLocker recovery key is to get it from your Microsoft account. All BitLocker keys associated with your account are stored there, and you can access them by logging in to the recovery site.
step 1: Visit the Microsoft Bitlocker recovery page.
step 2: Log in and, if necessary, verify your account details.
step 3: Once logged in, you should see any relevant BitLocker keys associated with your account, along with the corresponding device name next to them.
If you don’t have a relevant BitLocker key associated with that Microsoft account, you’ll instead be greeted with the message:
“There is no BitLocker recovery key uploaded to your Microsoft account.
Note: If someone else helped you set up your PC, the BitLocker key you’re looking for may be in their account.”
You can try signing in to another Microsoft account if you know the details.
Once you’ve recovered your PC, if you want to further improve security or replace BitLocker with something else, here are some security changes you can make to make Windows more secure. . However, some Windows 11 security settings reduce gaming performance. Check out our guide on how to boost gaming performance by changing Windows settings.