How to get BitLocker recovery key?

What is BitLocker recovery key?

The BitLocker recovery key is a series of 48 digits that is created when you turn on BitLocker Drive Encryption for the first time on each drive. It is used to help you regain access to a BitLocker-protected drive in the event that you cannot unlock the drive with the password normally, for example, if you forget the password or if the PC with TPM dies and you have to access the drive from another system. It can also be used to unlock a removable drive, such as an external hard drive or USB flash drive, which is encrypted with BitLocker To Go.

It looks like this:

Recover data from BitLocker encrypted drive

How to get BitLocker recovery key?

When setting up BitLocker encryption on a drive, you are provided with several options to store the recovery key. Whether you're encrypting a system drive or a non-system drive, these options are the same.

Thus, you should find your BitLocker recovery key in these places:

  1. In your Microsoft account. You can go to to retrieve your recovery key.
  2. NOTE: This option is only allowed when BitLocker is used on a PC that is not associated with a domain, such as a work or school domain.

  3. On a USB flash drive. If you have saved the recovery key on a USB flash drive, just plug the USB flash drive in to your computer and follow the instructions to unlock the drive.
  4. NOTE: If the recovery key is saved as a text file on the flash drive, you need to plug it in to a different computer to read the text file, and then input the recovery key when unlocking the encrypted drive.

  5. On a printout you saved. Look for the paper that you printed the recovery key on, and then input the key on the locked PC.

What's more, here are someone you can ask for help:

  1. If your PC is connected to a domain, you can ask the administrator for your recovery key.
  2. If you are a guest user of the computer, you can ask the one who has the administrative authority on this computer to unlock it with the recovery key.

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