How to delete FileVault recovery key from your iCloud

In MacOS, FileVault provides a fantastic option for encrypting your entire drive. In the later Mac models about four years ago, the whole-disk encryption will allow the similar performance as with an unencrypted drive because of the cryptographic calculations of hardware-based acceleration.

To protect your files forever in case you forget the password or lose it from a location, macOS allows you to either reveal a special Recovery Key that you need to make a record of, or you can start with Yosemite, letting you use iCloud for unlocking your drive.

The Recovery Key will work at a “frozen” startup once your Mac has been shut down when it prompts you to log into an account that has been enabled for FileVault access. At this stage, simply click on a question mark and then enter your Recovery Key in order to reset the password for your account. According to iCloud escrow for recovery, you need to log into your iCloud account.

Some Mac users have set up iCloud as the option for their FileVault recovery, but they now want to change it. What’s the process for doing so?

While it’s boring, it’s rightly so. Apple doesn’t allow Mac users to switch from escrow to their personal control. You will need to decrypt your drive first and then enable FileVault again.

How to delete FileVault recovery

  1. From the Security & Privacy preference pane, you need to click on the FileVault
  2. Click on the lock icon locating at the lower left corner and then enter an account and password associated with administrative access.
  3. Click on the Turn Off FileVault
  4. Confirm whether you want to disable FileVault by clicking on Restart & Turn Off Encryption.
  5. Your Mac device will now restart and after signing back in and booting up, it will start decrypting the entire contents of your drive. The process will take a while.
  6. When it’s done, you’ll be able to go back to the FileVault tab and click on Turn On FileVault.
  7. When you are prompted at the Recovery Key, select Create a Recovery Key & Do Not Use My iCloud Account.
  8. Note the key down or make a permanent record of it.
  9. Again, you’ll need to restart your Mac. Once your Mac is backed up and running, it will start encrypting everything on your drive.

Also see: How Privacy Protection in macOS Mojave Works

It is the same process to use if you lose your Recovery Key of FileVault. That’s how to delete FileVault recovery key from your iCloud. If you have any question, let’s know in the comment below.

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