How to Encrypt a Folder on Mac

In this tutorial we will show you how to encrypt a folder on mac. An encrypted folder in mac can be created easily through a simple process.
To understand how to encrypt a folder inside mac, follow the tutorial given below.


Step 1 – Move over to the Go menu

First of all, let’s move over to Go on the menu bar on top and click on the Utilities option.

Open the Go menu

Step 2 – Open the Disk Utility

With that done, the Utilities window will open up. Over here let’s open up the Disk Utility.

Go to the Disk Utility

Step 3 – Open the File menu

Now let’s open up the File menu, move to New and then click on the “Disk Image from Folder” option.

Go to New from the File menu

Step 4 – Select the folder

Over here, you will be required to select the folder which you want to encrypt. Once done; click on the Image button.

Choose the folder

Step 5 – Alter properties of the folder

Over here, you can rename the file, change the destination and set the image format as well. For this tutorial, we will keep the read slash write option for the image format.
In the Encryption option, let’s select the 128-bits AES encryption and click on the Save button.

Change the properties of the folder

Step 6 – Type in the password

As a result a pop-up window will open up where you need to type the password. You can uncheck the “Remember password in my keychain” option if you don’t want mac to remember the password. If you won’t uncheck this option, your encrypted folder in mac will be opened without prompting the user for a password.

Enter the password

Step 7 – Check the encrypted folder

Once the image has been created, you will notice that a new file has been created on the desktop here. If we click on the file, a pop-up window will appear here asking us to provide the password. This means that the folder has been encrypted.

Open the encrypted folder

Step 8 – View contents of the encrypted folder

If we put the correct password in, a new drive will appear on the desktop which will contain the contents of the encrypted folder.
At the end, do remember to eject the drive so that no more changes can be made in the folder.
And that’s it, this is how you encrypt a folder in mac.

Enter password to view contents of folder