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Can You See Your FileVault Recovery Key On iCloud?

Can you see your FileVault recovery key on iCloud?

I know it’s kind of a silly question, but I’m having trouble finding a clear answer on the subject. One answer I found is that you can not see your recovery key on iCloud but it is there behind the scenes. I guess that’s great, but how do we have any idea that iCloud actually has it?

I turned on FireVault and selected “Allow my iCloud account to unlock my disk”. But after the fact I got curious as to where it really is and can you see it. You would think at the very least you could log into your iCloud account and at least see some indication that iCloud is storing your FileVault recovery key even if you (or Apple or the government) can’t actually see the key itself. Just something that says hey you requested that we are able to unlock your encrypted disk with your iCloud account.


Eric Barnes

Comments: 2 Responses to “Can You See Your FileVault Recovery Key On iCloud?”

    5 years ago

    No, I'm sure there is no way to "see" your recovery key as a file or other item in an iCloud interface. It is simply stored with your account and only available to use if you need to use your iCloud credentials to unlock FileVault.

    You should definitely treat this as a backup emergency method of unlocking FileVault. Make sure your FileVault password is somewhere you won't lose it. In addition to a password manager maybe print it out and store it somewhere in physical form.

    5 years ago

    Yes, I’ve got my FileVault password backed up and I am going to treat iCloud like an emergency method of unlocking. Just kind of crazy there is zero proof of it being stored with the account. I don’t need to see the actual key, but it would be reassuring to know that they actually have it. Seems like blind trust. Hope it works if I ever need it.

    Thanks for answering me!

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