Is your BitLocker password easy to guess or already compromised? Here is how to change the BitLocker password in just a few steps.
In Windows 10 and 11, BitLocker is enabled on all drives by default and encrypted using your user account password. This feature is called Device Encryption in Windows 11. If you want, you can manually encrypt any drive you want with BitLocker using a strong password. For example, I encrypt my goto USB drives with BitLocker so that no one but me can access the data in them.
No matter how solid or long a password is, it is useless if it is compromised, leaked, or easy to guess. In those situations, you must change the BitLocker password. Otherwise, it is only a matter of time until your data is compromised in one way or another.
To change the BitLocker password, you don’t have to turn off BitLocker and re-enable it. You can use the change password BitLocker option. All it takes is a couple of clicks to change the BitLocker password and protect your data.
So, without further ado, let me show you how to change the BitLocker password in Windows if you ever need it.
Important note: You must unlock the BitLocker drive to change its password. So, ensure you have the BitLocker password ready. Keep the BitLocker recovery key prepared if you don’t have the password.
The steps below work the same in Windows 10 and 11.
Change the BitLocker password
You can modify or change the BitLocker password from the BitLocker settings page in the Control Panel. It is pretty easy to do. Let me show you how.
Note: Unlock the BitLocker drive before proceeding with the below steps.
- Press the “Start” key on your keyboard.
- Search and open “Control Panel.”
- Set “View by” to “Large icons.”
- Click on “BitLocker Drive Encryption.”
- Expand the drive.
- Click the “Change password” link.
- Type the old password in the “Old Password” field.
- Type a new password twice in the following two fields.
- Press the “Change password” button.
- You will see the “The password has been successfully changed” message.
- (Optional) Back up the BitLocker recovery key.
- With that, you’ve changed the BitLocker password.
Steps with more details:
First, we must open the BitLocker settings page. Search and open “Control Panel” from the Start menu. After opening Control Panel, set the “View by” on top to “Large icons.”
Next, find and click on the “BitLocker Drive Encryption” option. This action will open the BitLocker settings page.
Now, expand the drive for which you want to modify the BitLocker password. Next, click the “Change password” link next to it.
Type the old password in the “Old Password” field when prompted. Next, type the new password in both the “New Password” and “Re-type New Password” fields. Press the “Change password” button.
Pressing the button instantly changes the BitLocker password. The “The password has been successfully changed” message will also be seen.
You can now safely close the Control Panel window.
With that, you have successfully changed the BitLocker password in Windows operating system.
That is all. It is that simple to change the BitLocker password in Windows.
I hope this simple and easy Windows how-to guide helped you.
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