How to unlock an encrypted APFS boot drive?

Posted by Juno to Mac Data Recovery on January 11th, 2018

On macOS Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13, our boot drive will not only be formatted to be APFS, but also will be automatically encrypted. Although this advanced encryption technique can help protect our files, there are also times when we find it troublesome to input password again and again and want to unlock encrypted APFS boot drive.

This page will provided detailed tutorial to unlock an encrypted APFS boot drive, as well as how to avoid data loss if can't unlock an encrypted APFS boot drive.

Easy method to unlock an encrypted APFS boot drive

Only with the build-in Disk Utility, we can easily unlock an encrypted APFS boot drive. But there is a condition that we must know the password of the encrypted APFS drive. (If we haven't changed the password, the default password of the APFS boot drive is our power-on password.)

Step 1: Launch Disk Utility.

Step 2: Select the APFS boot drive we want to unlock on the left part of the window.

Step 3: Click "Mount" on the top of the window.

Step 4: Enter password after been reminded, and click "Unlock".

At most of the times, we can unlock an encrypted APFS boot drive with the above method. But there are also times that we can't unlock an encrypted APFS drive, no matter due to forgetting password or the above method failing to work. Under that condition, to avoid data loss, we should perform data recovery from can't be unlocked APFS boot drive.

If can't unlock APFS boot drive: recover lost files with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery

iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is a free & professional Mac data recovery software that can recover data from can't be unlocked APFS boot drive, recover lost/deleted data from APFS partition, recover data from formatted APFS hard drive, recover data from unmountable APFS drive, recover data from unreadable APFS hard drive, recover data from corrupted APFS drive, recover deleted/lost APFS volume, etc.

Aside from above, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery can also recover lost files from FAT32 drives, exFAT drives, HFS+ drives, recover data from formatted, unmountable, unreadable, corrupted hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, pen drive, etc.

Tutorial to recover data from can't be unlocked APFS boot drive with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery

Step 1: Launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery.Recover data from can't be unlocked APFS boot drive

 

Step 2: Choose the can't be unlocked APFS boot drive, then click "Next".

Step 3: Enter password to scan lost data on the APFS drive.

Step 4: Preview the scanning results, choose files we need, and then click "Recover" to get them back.

Step 5: Check to ensure we have got all lost files back.

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