How to Enable Encryption on Android Phone and tablet- Android Encrypt Tip

Encryption is a method to secure files on your device so that no data can be accessed remotely or even through the device if handed on another’s hand. So, to protect your privacy, you need to have the phone encrypted.

But how?

There have been a lot of controversies between the administration and Apple Inc for the method of encryption Apple uses in its iPhone. An amazing part of this issue is that all Android phones running Android 5.0 or higher feature the same option, you just need to unlock this awesome feature, and you can do that with some simple taps.

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Android was criticized for security once and then Google has released its new Android 5.0 Lollipop, and it got a feature of encryption and with the new updates of Android has made the encryption process easy and efficient.


Enable Encryption on Android Running 5.0 Lollipop and Newer

For all gadgets running on Android 5.0 Lollipop or any newer version, you can easily navigate to the “Security” option which you can find under menu settings. But the settings is a little bit different for every mobile set and it depends upon the OEM is used in your handset. But if your mobile is running on pure Android, then follow the string to get into the proper place where you can change the settings- “Settings” > “Personal” > “Security.”


When you are on the verge of setting encryption on your phone, always unplug the power cable because it may show error. Tap on the “Encryption” option, and it will ask you to set a password or lock. Always set a PIN which is easy to remember for you but tough to guess for others. If there is any PIN which is already set, the system will ask you to type that PIN first. If you have not set any, then try 1111 or 9999 because in maximum cases these two are the preset default PIN of the smartphone.

Enable Encryption on Android Running Android 4.4 Kitkat and Below

But what if your Android phone has stuck in the Android Kitkat 4.4? Then there is another way to obtain the similar facility of encryption. And the exciting part of this process is that it’s very simple and easy to execute. What you need to do is to go to the “Settings” and there you will find an option named “Security” and choose the “Screen Lock” from the available options. You will be asked to set PIN, pattern or mixed security system.

Once it’s done, move to the “Security” menu and tap on the “Encrypt phone.” Once you proceed, you will get many warning messages where you need to confirm all the warnings that you have understood, and without the PIN or pattern, you will not be allowed to access the phone. So, follow the system’s formalities.


The whole encryption process takes not more than an hour. It depends on the handset and the power utilization cycle of the device. We recommend having more than 50% battery charge before the start!

That’s all friends, stay tuned and stay in touch to the Click to Android for more in-depth android tips and tricks which are coming very soon.