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

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Canonical explanation of Android Encryption and Vulnerabilities

Note: Well, the bounty expired and one possible reason could be effort required to address as I gather from comments. Seeing the number of upvotes, it appears to be of interest to others as well. I ...
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Android 5.0 FDE stopped asking for password during boot

The settings still says encrypted, but it no longer asks for passwod during boot. Lockscreen password is still there. How did this happen (bypassing encryption)? Google search indicated this is not ...
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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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decrypt data-partition in twrp

I messed up my phone trying to get open-gapps working on CM 13. I can't even get into my OS only into recovery mode. I tried flashing several CM-Versions, but that doesn't change much. I think the ...
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TWRP: “E: Unable to mount storage” after encrypting phone

I get E: Unable to mount storage error in TWRP after encrypting my phone. CyanogenMod 12.1 ROM (based on Android 5.1.1, my phone is HTC One M7) in use, CM uses AOSP encryption that is supported by ...
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How to make Startup PIN make a loud noise

My phone unexpected rebooted itself this evening while I was cycling. This was unfortunate, because I was logging my ride with GPS, and my phone was inside a pack where I could not tell it had ...
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How to set a better encryption password

How would I go about setting a stronger password for disk encryption on my android device? I had set a PIN already before enabling full disk encryption, and it proceeded to use that PIN as the ...
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Standalone program for managing encrypted partitions? Or, How can I manage encrypted partitions in recovery mode?

Android uses dm-crypt for providing disk-encryption as stated in the implementation notes. Those notes also state (emphasis mine): While the actual encryption work is a standard linux kernel ...
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Wipe everything after failed decryption attempts, but make it usable?

I have CM10 running on my rooted Galaxy Nexus and I just enabled the disk encryption. However, I can't find any options what happens after a few failed attempts? I would like to reset and wipe my data ...
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Mounting encrypted partition from PC - is there anything I can do?

Okay, so basically I have the same problem identified here, except instead of a broken screen, I accidentally broke the UI with this bug. And all I want to do is mount the encrypted partition so I ...
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How does encrypting a bootloader prevent it from being unlocked

As I'm waiting patiently (sigh) for the at&t note 4 root, I have been trying to understand the process of rooting. This website does a good job of describing what a locked/unlocked bootloader is, ...
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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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Can PIN lock be disabled/enabled via Secure Settings with full device encryption?

I use Tasker and Secure Settings to enable/disable PIN lock based upon connections to select WiFi and Bluetooth devices. I've recently unlocked the bootloader and rooted my phone. I would like to ...
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CM10.1, GS II, Mount command for encrypted sdcard0

Question: What is the syntax for the mount command within android to mount an encrypted file system? Context: I'm using CM10.1 (currently cm-10.1-20130604-NIGHTLY-I9100) on a Samsung Galaxy S2 (i9100)...
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Is there a way to share OTR keys between different applications?

I have IM+ pro installed on my phone and purchased the OTR upgrade. On my linux laptop I have pidgin installed and the OTR plugin active. I set both XMPP resources - laptop and nexus - to the same ...
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Disabled samsung keyboard- now can't turn on my s3

I am in a weird situation. Few days back (I believe) I disabled samsung keyboard using nobloat app as i use adaptxt all time. But i have an encryption password and as samsung keyboard is disabled, i ...
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How the data on SD are encrypted in 4.0?

I've got phone with android 4.0, and, for sync with Exchange, I encrypted SD card using android's built-in encryption. However, the phone starts telling me that the card is damaged and needs ...
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Cannot access internal memory due to cyanogenmod encryption, how can i decrypt the device?

I have ran into a small problem with my android tablet, it is a samsung galaxy tab 8.9 p7310 About a year ago i rooted it and installed CWM + CyanogenMod 9; i also encrypted the tablet. When i go ...
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Why won't my SGS2 allow me to perform device encryption?

I upgraded my Samsung Galaxy SII with the new 4.0 OS. The option to encrypt my device is enabled, but whenever I try to encrypt it asks me to plug the device in to have at 80% battery charge. I tried ...
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“USB Storage” Encryption

Samsung phones, Galaxy Note running ICS 4.0.3 in particular has System Storage, USB Storage, and SD Card. I wanted to know if I encrypt my device by going to Settings - Security - Encrypt Device. ...
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Unsuccessful Encryption

I began encrypting my Xperia Z3 and as soon as the process started, the phone turned off and I was greeted with the following screen: The phone was rooted beforehand and I still have access to a ...
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Android (HTC M8) has “forgotten” my SD Card is encrypted. Help!

Having a bit of a stressful problem. My HTC m8 (Marshmallow) is encrypted, as well as the external SD card. All my photos are on the SD card. I have lots backed up but I'm having a great trip to NYC ...
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Trim not supported in data partition?

I have a rooted Lenovo a369i. I use lagfix(fstrim) to trim partitions. Previously it was working well with /data but after I encrypted my phone it doesn't. I decrypted my phone by formatting. But now ...
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SD card encryption

The way Android goes about encrypting data on SD cards is vague to me. I've read about ASEC files, OBB files, /data/misc/systemkeys/AppsOnSD.sks, and keystores. I know that keys used to encrypt SD ...
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What is the command to encrypt Android rooted phone directly from the command prompt?

I want to encrypt my Android phone which has an engineering/userdebug binary. Generally it takes around 1 hour, but I heard it can be directly encrypted it with the adb command-line tool. So how do ...
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How do I mount devices so that they are accessible by regular user?

I am using luksmanager to mount my file based luks container. It is mapped to /dev/mapper/luksfile. It works, and it works great except that only root can see the files. I successfully used this on ...
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Where is stored type lock (if users have to enter a password/SIMM or a pattern)?

I'm working on source code of Lollipop. It seems the type lock (if users have to enter a password/SIMM or a pattern) is stored in a database, /data/system/locksettings.db. This database is located in /...
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Encryption password was made invalid by changing my screen lock password

I've been using a 6-character password on my android phone for a couple of years now. It was the same password I was using for my screen lock. Two days ago, I went into my phone's settings and ...
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Whatsapp encryption key location

I have an old phone (Galaxy S3 international unbrandedand) and I would like to decrypt my whatsapp backup files (crypt8, as recent as the latest backup which is always at 4 AM, I think). I've googled ...
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Is the /data dir encrypted when android encryption is enabled?

I am interested to know if the /data dir is encrypted when android encryption is enabled? Specifically, I have an app that utilises a native shared object library I believe this file resides in /...
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Combining Ghostery and HTTPS-Everywhere on Android?

On my PC (Windows 8.1) I am happily using Firefox with the Addons Ghostery and HTTPS-Everywhere. I really like this combination so I winder how I can achieve the same things on my Android phone. I ...
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Is multi encryption a good way to wipe all traces of personal data before selling the phone?

I am going to sell my phone. It's a Samsung Galaxy S4 i9505 from Germany running Android 5.0.1 "Lollipop". What I have done so far is to encrypt, reset, run camera until memory was full to override ...
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Redo one-time setup?

Due to a flaw in the way that Android does decryption*, I setup my devices by skipping through all the first boot setup stuff provided by CyanogenMod and Android. I then immediately go into the ...
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adb doesn't find smartphone stuck on Error during encrypting

I have a ZTE unlocked stuck on error during encrypting: It doesn't reboot into recovery mode using the hardware keys combination, it just start up and then reboot into normal mode leading me back ...
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Is it possible to recover data from SD card encrypted on Android 5.0 if you know your password but your phone isn't functional?

Let's say I have encrypted both internal storage and microSD card with my phone running Android 5.0. Will it be possible to decrypt SD card with my PC or another phone if I know my password but my ...
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CM12 Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Unable to encrypt

I am using the latest nightly of Cyanogenmod 12 (not 12.1) on my Note 3. I wanted to encrypt my phone but whenever I start the encryption process the phone shows a wireframed android and restarts. ...
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How to encrypt data on Android on per-file basis before backup to a cloud storage

I would like to automate file encryption on my Android device before sending them to a cloud storage. I don't want to have a container encryption (like Truecrypt or VeraCrypt) since it will require ...
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Force/Enable Pin screen lock

Is there a way to enable/set a pin code for screen lock, independently of the settings? In my case everything is greyed out (except "Password") because I use device encryption.
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Where's my mounted stuff?

I have a luks encrypted file in stock Android 4.4.4 that I want to mount to work with. It is located in the internal sd partition (/sdcard). I am able to mount it as root via su without problems. ...
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Is it possible to set an encryption password different than lock screen pin?

I set up phone encryption using a numeric password. android 4.4.4 on One plus one (Cyanogenmod 11S). now on the lock screen I'm asked for the same numeric password (but instead of a text input field, ...
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Mounting an encrypted filesystem from the terminal

I have a USB-OTG device with an encrypted LUKS filesystem. Typically, on Linux you just run cryptsetup luksOpen ... to open up the device. On Android 4.4.4 (CyanogenMod 11M9), how can I unlock an ...
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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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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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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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Decrypt Samsung S2 files?

My Samsung S2 just went dead with the encrypted SD Card in it and I found out that KIES didn't backup that memory. The phone was repaired but now I cant read the files on the SD. Anyone out there who ...
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Access encrypted internal storage without touch

Is there a way to access the encrypted internal storage without using the display? I damaged the display of my nexus 4 (Android 4.4, cm-11-20140104-SNAPSHOT-M2-mako) and need to access the encrypted ...
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adb restore not working for shared

I have a Nexus 4 with Android 4.4.1 … I've read that we could root it without wiping the data … well didn't work for me! I wasn't scared, because I made a full backup using: adb backup -apk -...
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Decrypt encryptes Android Phone (MIUI 4.2)

I've encrypted my Phone because of my organization's policy. Unfortunately the device is a bit slower and moreover I am not able to update ROMs anymore. I do have root access and my device is running ...
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Device encryption and broken screen

Assuming you have a device that is encrypted by the factory encryption option in the security settings of the device, and having said device suffer a fall and end up with a broken screen, what are the ...
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Android - Exchange encryption - SD card 'damaged'

Mrs has a HTC One S, asked me to set up her work email on exchange. No problem. Got to the device admin-security policy part; a little bit surprised by requesting encryption & pin lock but what ...