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Back Up Recovery Key

If you enable drive encryption (BitLocker) on a Windows 10 device and connect the device with a Microsoft account, the recovery key is stored in your Microsoft 365 account.

Back up your BitLocker recovery key before leaving a Microsoft 365 organization or disable BitLocker.

Back Up Recovery Key

Please not that a recovery key stored in a cloud domain account can be accessed by the administrators of the Microsoft 365 organization. On the other hand, you cannot access your recovery key after having left a Microsoft 365 organization.

For privatly owned devices we therefore highly recommend to opt for storing the recovery key to a file or printing it.

Bitlocker Settings
Save Recovery Key


Disable BitLocker

On disabling BitLocker all data on your drive is decrypted. On reactivation of BitLocker a new recovery key is generated and used.

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