Jun 27, 2013

Can you encrypt data on an Android phone?

Is there a way to encrypt data on an Android phone, and if so, how do you do it?

Encrypt your confidential data: Encrypt your accounts, settings, downloaded apps and their data, media and other files. Once you encrypt your phone or tablet, you need to type a numeric PIN or password to decrypt it each time you power it on. Remember that you cannot decrypt your device except by performing a factory data reset which erases all your data.This process of encryption takes an hour or more.So you must keep your device plugged in until encryption is complete or else there is a chance of losing some or all of your valuable data. To encrypt your smartphone or tablet: Settings > Security > Encrypt. I found out in here, http://www.spinfold.com/less-known-android-features

I think the encryption method that christopher mentioned is only an option on devices running 4.0 or later. It you are one of the 36% of Android users still rocking 2.3 you will have to figure something else out.


I wrote recently for CITEworld about ways to secure Android phones. One option is to encrypt:


An Android owner can do this by merely going to Settings, Location & Security, Data Encryption. There's also an option that allows users to encrypt files saved to the phone's memory card.

Encrypt your phone

"You can encrypt all the data on your phone: Google Accounts, application data, music and other media, downloaded information, and so on. If you do, you must enter a numeric PIN or password each time you turn on your phone. Note that this is the same PIN or password that you use to unlock your phone without encryption, and cannot be set independently."
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