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How to Resume Paused APFS Decryption Process on macOS Catalina/Mojave/High Sierra?

Updated on Thursday, June 16, 2022

iBoysoft author Anna Yuan

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Anna Yuan
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How to Resume Paused APFS Decryption Process on macOS Catalina/Mojave/High Sierra? 

Summary: I was decrypting a drive from the Recovery menu and I restarted the machine, then the decryption has been Paused at 42%. I used 'diskutil apfs' and tried to verify/repair the disk option but it is still paused. Please tell me, how can I resume paused APFS decryption process?

how to resume paused APFS decryption

There are various situations related to APFS volume encryption/decryption failures, such as encrypted APFS drive can't be unlocked with a 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 the APFS decryption process paused unexpectedly.

Table of Contents:

Resume paused APFS decryption process: Plug your Mac into power

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

Resume paused APFS decryption process: Reset NVRAM/PRAM

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

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

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

If the APFS decryption process is 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 Mac Data Recovery.

iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac is trustworthy APFS data recovery software for macOS 12 Monterey/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 and works fine on M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max Mac. 

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 the APFS decryption process paused with iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac?

  1. Launch iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac and click "Find Lost APFS Partitions" on the top right corner. Then you will see all connected hard drives. Find Lost APFS Partition
  2. Select the drive which contains your APFS encrypted volume and click the "Next" button. The software will list all APFS volumes on the selected drive.   
  3. Choose the APFS encrypted volume that you want to recover lost data from and click "Next".   
  4. Enter the correct password and click "OK" to start searching for lost files on the volume.   
  5. Preview the listed searching results, choose the files you need, then click "Recover" to get lost files back.   
    recover files with iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac
  6. Go through to make sure you have all the lost files back.