macOS FileVault User Experience

Use this guide as a reference for what to expect when FileVault disk encryption is enabled on your UMD Managed macOS computer.


  1. When the FileVault disk encryption policy has been enabled on your UMD managed macOS computer, you will see the following notification at login. Click Enable Now.
    Window for enabling filevault
  2. ​​After clicking Enable Now, FileVault disk encryption will begin. Click OK or wait until the Enabling FileVault on your system message goes away.
    Window for the enabling process
  3. To verify that FileVault disk encryption has been enabled, follow these steps.  
    • Open System Preferences and click Security & Privacy.
    • Click on the FileVault tab.
    • The status will say FileVault is turned on and a recovery key has been set.
      Security and Privacy window describing FileVault