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How to Encrypt Android Cell Phone

To confirm that your phone was encrypted, go to Settings and then Security and look for a small “Encrypted” badge under the “Encrypt phone” menu item. You may have one of the new post-Lollipop phones that came with encryption enabled out of the box if your phone already says it’s encrypted.

Open the Settings app, go to Security, and then tap “encrypt phone” to get the process started. Your phone may ask you to plug it in or charge the battery to a specific level before it will give you the option to encrypt, mostly because interrupting this process at any point is likely to completely corrupt your data partition. You’ll need to protect your phone with some kind of PIN or pattern or password if you haven’t already, and as in OS X your phone will probably require it before the operating system will boot.

 

You can still encrypt any relatively modern version of Android pretty easily– these specific steps work for Nexus devices or anything running near-stock Android, but the process should be similar if your phone is using a skin.

Additionally, if you need to decrypt the device later on, there’s no way to do it without resetting the phone and wiping. If your phone came encrypted out of the box, though, there’s no way to decrypt the device without making more extensive software modifications.

Despite past promises, new Android devices still aren’t being encrypted by default. Default encryption is an option for OEMs, but outside of Google’s Nexus devices few if any companies are choosing to enable the feature on their phones.

In Android Marshmallow, the Android phones that include external storage are able to encrypt and protect the data on those cards as well as on internal storage.

Depending on your phone, encrypting your Android phone or tablet can significantly impact performance. This is the worst for older or slower devices, which can use slower flash memory and filesystems and lack hardware encryption acceleration. The experience is better on newer phones with 64-bit ARMv8 processors and higher-end, faster storage.

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