Encrypted APFS drive can't be unlocked with password, how to fix?

By Juno | Posted to Mac Data Recovery Tips on July 16th, 2018 |

I have an encrypted APFS external hard drive, which can't be unlocked with password. When I inputted the right password, it couldn't be unlocked and kept asking for password all the time. How to fix this problem? A lot of thanks!

When you update to macOS High Sierra, Mojave or Catalina, your internal hard drive will not only automatically convert HFS to APFS, but also will be encrypted. Also, if you worry about the security of files on external drives, you can format external drives to APFS (encrypted). But sometimes the result is opposite to what you wished, especially when the encrypted APFS drive can't be unlocked with password.

Why the encrypted APFS drive can't be unlocked with password?

Firstly, if the password you inputted is wrong, the encrypted APFS drive can't be unlocked.

Secondly, if some errors happen during decrypting process, APFS encrypted volume won't accept password.

These errors during decrypting process can be caused by virus attack, power failure, file system corruption, encrypting interruption and so on. No matter what causes the encrypted APFS drive unable to be unlocked with password, all data stored on the encrypted APFS drive is inaccessible.

How to fix 'encrypt APFS drive can't be unlocked with password'?

Most of the time, the files in encrypted APFS drive is important for us. So the first thing is to recover lost data from encrypted APFS drive. Here recommend you a reliable APFS data recovery software - iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac.

Recover lost data from encrypted APFS drive

iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac is the best APFS data Recovery software that can easily recover lost data after APFS encryption interrupted, stuck or froze, recover lost data from encrypted APFS volume on Mac. It can also recover deleted/lost files from APFS drives, recover lost data from formatted APFS hard drives, recover lost data from unreadable APFS hard drives, recover lost data from unmountable APFS drives, recover lost data from corrupted APFS drives, recover deleted/lost APFS partitions, etc.

Aside from APFS data recovery, iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac also fully supports file systems like FAT32, exFAT, HFS+, and storage devices like hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, pen drive, etc.

Tutorial to recover lost data from encrypted APFS drive with iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac

Step 1: Free download, install and launch iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac.

Step 2: Click "Find Lost APFS Partition" on the top right corner. Then you will see all connected hard drives.

Recover lost data from encrypted APFS drive with iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac

Step 3: Select the drive which contains your APFS encrypted volume and click "Next" button. The software will list all APFS volumes on the selected drive.

Recover lost data from encrypted APFS drive with iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac

Step 4: Choose the APFS encrypted volume that you want to recover lost data from and click "Next".

Recover lost data after APFS volume decryption stuck

Step 5: Enter the correct password and click "OK" to start searching for lost files on the volume.

Recover deleted files from APFS encrypted drives

Step 6: Preview the listed searching results, choose files you need, then click "Recover" to get lost files back.

Recover lost data after APFS volume decryption stuck