Encryption is the process of transforming information to make it unreadable to anyone except those possessing special knowledge.

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Merging a Crypt7 and a Crypt8 whatsapp backup

I have been searching a lot in the past couple of weeks on how to merge two whatsapp backup. Last month I got a new phone, installed whatsapp along with my old backup. During installation, whatsapp ...
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my RCA tablet does not have an encrption option

I have an RCA Pro 10 tablet with Android 4.4.2. Under the security setting there is no option for encryption. My other tablet (which is not an RCA) has the encryption option. My question is, Did ...
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Did my tablet ever start the encryption process?

Before I went to bed yesterday I switched on encryption on my Kindle Fire HD (Cyanogen KitKat ROM), and ended up seeing this screen: Looking around, apparently it's supposed to also have the text ...
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How can I read the chat logs from WhatsApp messenger on my Windows machine?

How can I copy over the whatsApp chat messages to a text editor? Are there any specific files I need to copy? I don't care for the media files, I just need the transcript of chat. I am using the ...
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Is 4.0+ Disk Encryption compatible with Custom Recovery/KitKat ROMs?

There is a prior question that answers this for Android 3.0 but some stuff I have read elsewhere has said that installing TWRP will not work with encryption in more recent versions of Android, so I ...
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How to downgrade from Android 5 to 4.4.4 on an encrypted phone?

After certain troubles with Android 5 (see How to fix file permissions on Android 5 so that a certain app can access certain files?) I decided to go back to 4.4.4 on my Nexus 4 for the time being. ...
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Cyanogenmod: Encryption unsuccessful

I encrypted my phone. That worked fine. Then I installed another version of Cyanogenmod. This cannot decrypt the data (which is OK: There is no important data on the phone). It tells me to perform a ...
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Rooted, Encrypted Galaxy Note 8" stuck in bootloop!

I am a noob. In a nutshell, I poked at things I shouldn't have after rooting/encrypting my galaxy note 8" tablet (GT-N5110) and now it continuously loops through the boot up screen. It gives me just ...
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How to manually intall an OTA zip on an encrypted HTC One GPE?

I have a HTC One that was converted to a Google Phone Edition. It's full stock, no root and original recovery, and received the 4.3 and 4.4 OTA updates without a problem. I encrypted my phone, and ...
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How to disable lock pattern/pin on lock screen with new Android 4.3 update?

I just did an update on my Galaxy S3 and now it is required that I have a lock on my lock screen. Before the update, I had the simple "Swipe to Unlock." Now, when I go into Settings>Lock ...
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Using PIN instead of a password for encryption on Galaxy S5

I have a brand new Galaxy S5 with Kitkat (4.4.2) and am required to encrypt it for work. I greatly prefer to use the PIN lock screen instead of the password due to the annoyance of having to type in ...
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Remove password from Galaxy Tab4

My wife set password to her tablet and asks me to remove it. I opened settings -> security -> device encryption entering password but option none (i.e. no password) is disabled (with message ...
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Boot to lock screen with encryption

After upgrading to Android 5 on my Nexus 10, I've now gone the extra step and enabled encryption. One thing that bothers me though: It doesn't boot to lock screen any more. I get asked my lock ...
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R2Mail2 - GnuPG encrypting email to a different email address than in the public key

I have a friend's public key with the associated email address bla@bla.com. I would like to use the key to send an encrypted email to the email address not@not.com. Is this possible in R2Mail2 for ...
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Undo Android 4.0 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich) Full Disk Encryption

Just upgraded my Nexus S to Android 4 aka Ice Cream Sandwich. Was looking through all the new features, and decided to enable encryption, which worked (and is working) just fine. Now I'm wondering if ...
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How to change encryption password - Android 5.0

My encryption password is too simple and was wondering how I could change it without having to reset the whole phone? I know there is an app for Android 4, but what would be the procedure on an ...
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Installing Certificates on an Android device

From my understanding, to connect to a certificate-based VPN, one must download say a p12 file onto the Android device, then use "Install from Storage" in order to install the certificate and use it ...
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Android 4.1.2 Full Device Encryption

I have a FDE enabled on my Android. However on JellyBean when device restarts I never get a boot password prompt,just regular unlock screen. I remember on 4.0 ICS, after reboot Android would ask me ...
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How to stop beeping noise from the unencrypt device screen

I have encrypted my phone, and set it so that it reboots each night - this works fine, however after it reboots, it asks for my password to unencrypted the device - still fine, however after a bit, it ...
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Longer disk-encryption passwords on Samsung Galaxy S5?

I'm trying to encrypt my Samsung Galaxy S5 (AT&T) and it only allows me to use a 16-character passphrase for my encryption key. Is there a way to bypass this or change the encryption key to ...
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How to get the “encrypt external sd card” option to show (on a LG Optimus F6)?

The "encrypt external sd card" option doesn't show up under Settings->Security on my LG Optimus F6, or my Huawei Y301-A2. A microSD card, FAT32 formatted and empty, is inserted and recognized ...
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encryption and fingerprint unlock

Can you use the finger print scanner to unlock when the phone is encrypted? Everywhere I've looked it says you cant do it but I encrypted my phone and i can still use the finger print unlock when ...
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S5 Phone and SD Card Encryption: Do I need to enter in password twice?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S5. If I encrypt the phone and the SD card, presumably with the same PIN/password, do I need to enter in the PIN two times to access the SD card? I see that encrypting the ...
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My Device has Randomly encrypted itself???Restore data?

After flashing Ubuntu touch my whole device encrypted itself i don't know the pass code I cant wipe nor restore a backup nor backup what can i do to save all my data. How can i restore this and my ...
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Android Lolipop broke my enyrpted nexus 7 (2012)

I just received the update and now my device does not boot any more. I comes to the point where I have to enter my encryption password. The first time it did this it said: “Unfortunately your ...
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Encrypting Galaxy S3 with custom recovery

I have installed CWM recovery long ago to root my device. Today, I want to encrypt storage using Android's built-in device encryption. I set the lockscreen password, then confirm the operation but ...
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K-9 Mail not working with Openkeychain

K-9 does not seem to find the installed Openkeychain app. OKC works fine and so does K-9 except for this problem. Both programs have been installed from F-Droid and are the the latest version. I am ...
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How do I re-enable swipe to unlock?

I recently encrypted my Android 4.4.2 device (S4 Active) and have now unencrypted it. However the only options I still have to unlock my phone are PIN and Password. When I attempt to change it it now ...
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Security of Android cryptography in versions < 5.0 against government agencies

Recently, both Google and Apple announced their new OSes encrypt the device by default. This caused a lot of complaints from government agencies. Let me quote an article ...
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how to backup files from an encrypted SD card for upgrade

recently bought a new SD card and I want to transfer the files from my current one to the new card. However, the files on the current card are encrypted and I have no way to copy them. I need some way ...
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How to fix a black screen (bricked) after rooting an encrypted device

Phone: Samsung Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300) Per work policy to add an exchange account I had to encrypt my phone. After doing so, I needed to root it to create a swap partition as it was constantly running ...
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Decrypt Samsung S3 Phone

I have recently encrypted my S3 to allow me to get work emails, but I have now decided against this as it has caused the phone to run like a dog. When I attempt to decrypt the device it says I need to ...
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Loss of internal memory (encrypted) after swapping SIM card

To be able to install the e-mail client to receive my job e-mails on my cell phone, I had to encrypt its internal memory. Everything was working fine, until the day I swapped the SIM card for a minute ...
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I encrypted my phone (samsung S4) of which i dont remember the password. Need help to unlock it and save the data

I am using Samsung S4. I can't remember the password i setup while encrypting it. Is there a way to unlock the device ? If it cant be unlocked how do i factory reset the device or i'll have to go to ...
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Encrypted Sony Z1 Compact stolen - will it be possible to reset and reinstall phone without PIN code?

Today my Sony Z1 Compact Android phone (4.4 Kit Kat) is stolen. Bad luck, but nobody's hurt and I'm quite sure my insurance will cover this. I've encrypted the phone and external SD card. Now this has ...
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How to enter password for decrypt without system keyboard on android

I was trying to release some internal memory on my CUBOT GT-99, so I started disabling some system apps using one rooted app. One of apps I was disabled is system keyboard because I don’t use it ...
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How can i encrypt “/storage/emulated” with terminal commands?

I have encrypted my Android device in the terminal with: su; vdc cryptfs enablecrypto inplace PASSWORD During boot the following message appears: Type password to decrypt storage On which ...
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Ways to remove android device encryption

Since I still encounter issues with modified boot images and recovery images I want to remove the device encryption from my Nexus 4 (running 4.3). I known that there is no "official" way to to this ...
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Sudden Encryption, No recovery mode

My girlfriend's phone (A Samsung Galaxy SII) is now stuck at an encryption screen. When you turn it on it wants a password, problem being we never encrypted the phone. It was rooted, if that matters. ...
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Does encryption, factory reset, encryption make a safer used phone?

I recently purchased a used Moto X. I know the person I bought it from so I'm not terribly worried but here is my idea to shore up the security on a used device. Don't put in your SIM card or log ...
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How to disable visible password feedback on the decryption screen of encrypted devices?

How do you disable visible password feedback on the decryption screen during boot (for encrypted devices)? I have unchecked "Make passwords visible" under Settings/Security/Passwords but this does ...
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How to obtain crypto header and footer from Nexus 5 Android 4.4

I'm interested in how to find the crypto_header and crypto_footer for disk encryption on a Nexus 5. A lot of articles have them for specific devices and I was wondering if there was any information on ...
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Device encryption fails, but no error

I am trying to encrypt my android device (Samsung S3, Modified 4.1.2). I have set a password and made sure my device is plugged in and charged over 80%. When I select the encryption option, the ...
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Recover data from encrypted SD card

I have an HTC Butterfly phone and what I did was I ordered a new SD card with much larger memory. I had my previous card encrypted already and took that out and inserted my new card in. The phone ...
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Any way to auto-update cyanogenmod with encryption enabled?

I've been enjoying cyanogenmod a lot, but the auto-updates don't work, since I encrypted the phone. I'd like to have both, if possible, even if there's a bit of work involved. Is there any fix / ...
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Is there a way to map/translate a pattern-lock to a numeric PIN?

I just encrypted my Moto X (Gen 1) (KitKat 4.4.4) using the default encryption option from the Settings > Security menu. After the encryption process finished, it asks me, "Type password to decrypt ...
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Encryption precautions on android

So I want to encrypt my phone and my SD card. What are the precautions should I have? What if my phone doesn't work anymore. Can I restore the data again? What should I do in order to make sure that ...
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Does encrypting an Android device add any real security benefit over a key-lock?

Would encrypting my Android device make my data any safer in case of theft? It seems to me that since the encryption key necessarily is identical to the PIN code or password used for the key-lock, ...
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Can you change the runtime on an encrypted phone (KitKat)?

Nexus 5 owner here. Basically, I encrypted my phone a while back while on Dalvik Runtime and recently wanted to give ART a try again (to check app compatibility). The problem is that when I set ...
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Encrypt the phone's internal storage

Is there a way to encrypt my phone's internal memory, in the same way you would encrypt a computer's partition? Ideally, the phone would always ask for the password when booting, and even if someone ...