Your smartphone or tablet is full of different personal information and data, and you need to make sure that all your data is safe. If you lose your phone or if it gets stolen all those data can fall into the wrong hands. The simplest way to prevent others from accessing your data and personal information is to encrypt an Android device on which all those information are stored. Once you encrypt your smartphone or tablet, all the data on it will be unreadable without the key. We are going to show you how to enable Android encryption.
Before we begin, you need to keep in mind that only a few Android devices can be decrypted. When it comes to smartphones and tablets that cannot be decrypted, the only way to remove the encryption is the factory reset, in which case you will lose all your data. After enabling Android encryption, you’ll notice that your device will be slower than before.
How to encrypt Android
Before you begin, make sure the battery of your device is fully charged, and keep the phone plugged until you’re done with the encryption. Follow these steps:
- Navigate to Settings, and select Security
- Click on Screen Lock
- Choose Password or PIN (each time you want to open your phone or tablet, you will have to enter the password or PIN) and just follow the prompts.
- Choose Encrypt phone or Encrypt tablet
- Now select the option: Encrypt SD card, click next.
- Confirm the PIN.
- Click on Encrypt phone or Encrypt tablet.
Encryption takes at least half an hour, which is why it is suggested to keep your Android device plugged. During the encryption, your Android smartphone or tablet will restart a few times. It is really important not to interrupt it because if you do, you’ll lose all your data. When it’s finished, you will have to enter the password or PIN you have previously set. Do not forget the password or PIN!
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