Android Phone and Tablet Instructions


There are many versions of Google’s Android OS, and every device manufacturer implements Android slightly differently. In general, most versions of Android 4.0 and above support device encryption, and most versions prior to that do not.

 

To enable encryption on an Android 4.x device:

  1. Make sure the device is fully charged before starting
  2. Set a lockscreen PIN or password. Be careful not to forget or lose this password or you will permanently lose access to your phone.
  3. Open the Settings app and tap Security -> Encryption -> Encrypt device (these exact steps may vary slightly, depending on the Android version and phone model).
  4. Encryption can take up to several hours. Google warns not to interrupt the encryption process, or you will lose some or all of your data. The phone may reboot itself several times during the encryption process, this is normal.
  5. When the encryption process is complete, the phone will prompt to enter your PIN or password.

To verify that your device is encrypted, open the Settings app and tap Security. In the ‘Encryption’ section, below ‘Encrypt Device’ should be the text ‘Encrypted’.

For more information, visit https://support.google.com/nexus/answer/2844831?hl=en

To enable encryption on an Android 5.x device:

  1. Make sure the device is fully charged before starting
  2. Open the Settings app and tap Security -> Screen Lock (these exact steps may vary slightly, depending on the Android version and device model). Choose either a PIN or password.
  3. Choose to require PIN or password at device start.
  4. Select a PIN or password and tap Continue. Some devices that originally came with Android 5.0 are already encrypted, others and those that were upgraded from an earlier Android version will take several hours to complete encryption. You won’t be able to use the device during the encryption process.

For more information, visit https://support.google.com/nexus/answer/2844831?hl=en