How to resume paused APFS decryption process on macOS Catalina/Mojave/High Sierra?

By Molly | Posted to Mac Data Recovery Tips on December 11th, 2017 |

I was decrypting a drive from Recovery menu and I restarted machine because it was taking a lot of time but now the decryption has been Paused at 42%. I listed all available options using 'diskutil apfs' and there isn't any option to resume/revert APFS decryption process. I also tried to verify/repair disk option but it is still paused. Please tell me, how can I resume paused APFS decryption process.

There are various situations related to APFS volume encryption/decryption failures, such as encrypted APFS drive can't be unlocked with password, APFS volume encryption/decryption process paused, etc. In this article, we are going to show you how to resume paused APFS decryption process and how to recover lost data after APFS decryption process paused unexpectedly.

How to resume paused APFS decryption process?

Solution 1: Plug your Mac into power to resume paused APFS decryption process

While performing APFS decryption or encryption, your Mac must be connected with power. So, once the APFS decryption process paused, check the power connection at first.

Solution 2: Reset NVRAM/PRAM to resume paused APFS decryption process

You can also attempt to reset the NVRAM/PRAM to resume paused APFS decryption process.

Restart your Mac and simultaneously press "Command+Option+P+R" keys for about 20 seconds. After restarting finished, the paused APFS decryption might have been resumed.

Solution 3: Recover lost data from the APFS drive after APFS decryption process paused

If APFS decryption process paused and cannot be resumed via the methods above, you will have no access to the encrypted APFS drive. Then, you need to recover lost data from the APFS drive with iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac.

iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac is trustworthy APFS data recovery software for macOS Big Sur 11/Catalina 10.15/Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/10.12 and OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7. It's able to recover lost data after APFS encryption stuck/paused/interrupted/froze, recover lost data after APFS decryption failed, recover lost data from damaged/corrupted APFS partition, as well as recover lost data from unmountable/unreadable/inaccessible drives including external hard drives, USB drives, SD cards, CF cards, memory cards and other devices.

How to recover lost data after APFS decryption process paused with iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac

Step 1: Launch iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac and click "Find Lost APFS Partition" on the top right corner. Then you will see all connected hard drives.

Recover lost data from the APFS drive after APFS decryption process paused

Step 2: 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 the APFS drive after APFS decryption process paused

Step 3: Choose the APFS encrypted volume that you want to recover lost data from and click "Next".

Recover lost data from the APFS drive after APFS decryption process paused

Step 4: Enter the correct password and click "OK" to start searching for lost files on the volume.

Recover lost data from the APFS drive after APFS decryption process paused

Step 5: Preview the listed searching results, choose files you need, then click "Recover" to get lost files back.

Recover lost data from the APFS drive after APFS decryption process paused

Step 5: Go through to make sure you have all the lost files back.