I am trying to figure out if my Android (Pie) is encrypted.

Per Is there a way for a user to tell if their Android device is encrypted or not?, it says my phone will be reported as phone encrypted.

However, when I go Settings --> Lock screen & security --> Encryption & credentials, here is what I can see:

Encryption & credentials screen

One can see that:

  • My SD card is encrypted
  • Credential protection: Hardware-backed

I see no mention of phone encrypted.

Does this mean my phone's contents (not my SD card) is actually encrypted?

My Phone Specifics

  • LG-G710VM (aka LG G7 ThinQ for Verizon)
  • Android 9 (Pie)
  • Secure start-up is enabled

**2/24/2020 Edit**

In an answer below, @beeshyams suggested verifying encryption by following the answer to this question: How can I find out if my device uses FBE or FDE?

Using Termux I ran getprop ro.crypto.type.

It output: block, which means my device uses Full Disk Encryption.

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All devices that run Android 5 and beyond (out of the box) are encrypted. That's probably why you don't see a separate status for device encryption as you see for Ext.SD.

Encryption can be Full-Disk Encryption (FDE) or File-Based Encryption (FBE). The device is encrypted on first boot using default encryption and once the user sets up lock screen mechanism , that is used for encryption. Relevant extracts

  • FDE was introduced in Android 4.4 and is supported till Android 9.

  • Android 7.0 and higher supports file-based encryption (FBE).

  • For devices running Android 7.0–8.1, file-based encryption can't be used together with adoptable storage.

  • Devices running Android 9 and higher can use adoptable storage and file-based encryption

  • For new devices running Android 10 and higher, file-based encryption is required.

Your device being Android 9 with secure start up, it's most likely FBE. You can verify ro.crypto.type on Terminal Emulator and it would show file ( See How can I find out if my device uses FBE or FDE?)

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    @IntrastellarExplorer with "Secure start-up" turned on, your lock screen password is used for decryption. It doesn't switch between FDE/FBE. Encryption type is decided at the time of ROM development. Feb 24, 2020 at 17:55
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    @IrfanLatif I purchased my ThinQ as a refurbished phone. In that case, would ROM development have been done at the factory where the phone was made? (I am not very familiar with Android) Feb 24, 2020 at 19:10
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    @IntrastellarExplorer yes stock ROMs are developed by OEM. But for many devices it's possible to have custom ROMs which can be developed, improved and modified by any developer. Feb 24, 2020 at 19:58
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    @IntrastellarExplorer I wrongly guessed it to be FBE (used likely). This should not matter to your query whether the device is encrypted. As Irfan pointed out OEMs decide
    – beeshyams
    Feb 24, 2020 at 21:59
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    @beeshyams OP ran getprop ro.crypto.type, not getprop ro.crypto.state.
    – Grimoire
    Mar 4, 2020 at 20:11

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