I enabled FileVault on my Yosemite Mac, and selected the "Allow apple ID to reset password" option.

I paid attention to all the dialogs and though they said to write down my recovery key, it was never shown to me.

Did something go wrong? When I did this years ago with FileVault 1 I was shown the key.

I tested using the Apple ID "change password" function and it seemed to work OK but I'd like to have a copy of the key written down as an extra safety measure.


Since you can still decrypt the drive. I suggest you disable filevault now then enable it again, to get a new code. This time don't save the code to the apple cloud but copy it and email it to yourself.

  • Are the two mutually exclusive? If I save to the apple cloud does it mean I can't copy it to text? The dialogs didn't read like that but it seemed to work that way.
    – sync
    Feb 4 '15 at 10:34
  • You can still copy the text before you save it to the cloud. Feb 5 '15 at 6:27
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    It wasn't shown to me as I said in the question.
    – sync
    Feb 5 '15 at 11:30

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