How to Encrypt Android Phone’s External SD Card

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Encrypting your Android Phone’s external SD card allows you to keep your data safe even when your phone is lost or stolen.  This article will show you how to encrypt Android Phone’s external SD card.

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Since we always have our smart devices with us, we usually store our important data in our Android phone’s external SD card, so that we can access it anywhere and whenever we want. However, storing your important data may become troublesome if your device gets lost or stolen or if someone gets access to it, he may retrieve all the important data from your phone’s SD card after ejecting it from your device.

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To overcome this situation you could make use of data encryption feature available on your Android smartphone. With data encryption feature, you can encrypt your external SD card and store the key in your Android device itself. Once you have successfully encrypted your external SD card, no one will be able to access information from your SD card until and unless it is inserted in to your Android Phone. The SD card will show no data in any other device nor anyone will be able to access it.

How to Encrypt Android Phone’s External SD Card

Note:  Decryption of encrypted card is only possible through the device used to perform encryption. If your device is damaged or lost, you may not be able to access data from your SD card.

Step 1: Tap on Settings on your Android Phone

Step 2: Tap on Security option.

Step 3: Next, tap on Encrypt external SD card

Step 4: Now you will be asked to set a 6 digit password as the lock screen.

Step 5: Once you have set the password. You will see SD card encryption is turned off.

Step 6: Tap on Turn on button (Bottom) to encrypt your external SD card.

Step 7: Next, tap Yes to Encrypt all files on your SD card?

Step 8:  Next, you will be asked if you want to exclude encryption of all the media files. If you have any private media file then tap on No to encrypt your Media files.

Step 9: Tap on Continue and enter the password when asked.

Step 10: Start the encryption process by tapping on Apply button.

Step 11: Wait until encryption process is over. Once done, you should see your SD card being shows as SD card encrypted.

By following the above steps you can protect your data from misuse by encrypting your SD card. Now if you want to decrypt your SD card then go to Settings > Security > Encryption and tap on Turn off to decrypt SD card on your Android phone.

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