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How to Set Up Encryption on an Android Device

If your PIN/Password is lost while the device is powered off the device can only be recovered by a factory reset.

You must enable lock screen before your phone will allow encryption to be turned on.

Notice: The steps outlines below may change from device to device.  Recovery of a locked device is done through your Google account.

  1. Open the system settings menu. This is often done by pressing the menu button the device from the home screen and selecting settings.
  2. Find and Open the Security menu. On older phones it will be called Location & security
  3. Select Screen Lock. On older devices it will be called Configure lock screen
  4. Select either PIN or Password
  5. Adjustthe idle time before the screen locks
    • Open the system settings menu
    • Tap the Display or Screen option
    • Tap the timeout or sleep option
    • Select the time you are comfortable with


Once started the encryption process must not be interrupted or data loss will result.

Notice: The steps outlines below may change from device to device.

  1. Find a time when you will not need your device for an hour or two.
  2. Charge your device and leave it plugged in for the procedure
  3. Open the system settings menu. This is often done by pressing the menu button the device from the home screen and selecting settings.
  4. Find and Open the Security menu. On older phones it will be called Location & security
  5. Tap Encrypt phone/tablet
  6. Make sure the phone is charged, plugged in, and a PIN/Password has been set.
  7. Tap Encrypt phone/tablet. Tap Encrypt phone/tablet on the next warning screen as well
  8. After the process is complete reboot the phone if it did not do so itself. The encryption was successful if you are prompted to enter your PIN/Password on system boot.

This article applies to:

Users:

Employees
Students

Device Type:

Mobile Phone
Tablet

Operating System:

Android

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