Galaxy s10e, protected by a very long password and fingerprints.
I specifically went for a very long password intending to only type it in after restarting the phone.

In fact, the phone requires entering the password every 2 ish days, which, I read, is a standard practice with Android.

However, in the security settings I was able to find "Other security settings - Strong protection" that reads:

Encrypt your phone using your secure lock type

After restarting, you'll need to unlock your phone using your pattern, PIN, or password to access features other than calls, messages, and alarms.

That setting is on, and I believe it is this one that requires the password every so often. And it would appear from its wording that if I disable it, the phone will be unencrypted.

  • Am I correct in that assumption? Will disabling that setting make the phone unencrypted? (I don't want that.)
  • Is there a way to disable asking for the password every so often with Galaxy s10 specifically (as opposed to stock Android) without compromising the device encryption?

At the moment it feels like this feature works to weaken the phone's protection, not strengthen it. By asking for a password every so often, it pushes me to go for simpler passwords that are easier to type in.

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