Protecting our data is important and this feature isn’t enabled by default so here is how you can enable encryption for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.
There could be one of many, many reasons why you have chosen to encrypt your Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge. No matter what your reasons are though, the feature isn’t enabled by default so we have to dive into the settings of the device and turn it on ourselves. This is something that was going to be required in Android Lollipop but was taken out at the last-minute. It seems that Google is waiting for the low-end and mid-range devices to catch up so that there will not be any performance degradation from it.
High-end smartphones like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will not have any noticeable performance loss from enabling encryption. Still, if Google were to make encryption mandatory it would have to be done to all devices out there, not selectively with the high-end flagship smartphones and tablets. It will probably take another year or two before all Android devices sold will have encryption enabled by default but at least this is a step in the right direction. I would like for it to be done quicker but it’s better than nothing.
[box type=”warning”]The only way to disable encryption(after it has been enabled) is by performing a factory reset on the Galaxy S6.[/box]
Some of these steps can be confusing to first time users and the warnings are scary enough to even ward off the most veteran Android user. I’m here to walk you through the process so that you can get your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge encrypted. You will need to have the battery of your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge charged to at least 80% and you will need to connect the device to a charger during the process. You will also need to have a password of at least 6 characters or a PIN code set as your security method before you begin.
Galaxy S6 Enable Encryption
- Launch the Settings Application
- Scroll/Navigate to the Personal Section
- Tap on the ‘Lock Screen and Security’ Option
- Scroll Down and Tap on the ‘Other Security Settings’ Option
- Then Tap on the ‘Encrypt Device’ Option in the List.
- Read the Information and Enable a Password or PIN Code if Needed
- When Ready, Tap on the ‘Encrypt Device’ Button at the Bottom
- Confirm Your Password or PIN Code
- Read the Warning Information and Keep the Galaxy S6 Connected to a Charger
- Tap on the ‘Encrypt Device’ Button at the Bottom
- Wait During the Black Screen with the Lock
- Wait for the Reboot, Wait for the Encryption and Wait for Another Reboot
- Enter the Password or PIN Code When Prompted During the Boot Process
As a reminder, you will need to have the battery charged to at least 80% and you will need to have the Galaxy S6 connected to the charger during this encryption process. The reason for this is because the phone needs to be powered on while your device is being encrypted. This process can take up to an hour or more and if it cuts off due to losing power(eg running out of battery) then you will lose all of the data on your smartphone. You will see warning messages that remind you about this while you go through the menus here and start the encryption process.
After you have the Galaxy S6 charged up, connect it to a charger and then launch the Settings application. You’ll want to navigate to the Personal section of the Settings and then look for the Lock Screen and Security section. Tap on that and then scroll down so that you can tap on the Other Security Settings menu and then look for the Encrypt Device option. From here, you’ll see some text that you should read as it is telling you what will happen when you encrypt your Galaxy S6/S6 Edge. As mentioned, you will need a password or a PIN code before you can continue so set that up if you haven’t already.
Once set up, go back to where you were and then tap on the Encrypt Device button at the bottom. You’ll be asked to confirm your password or PIN code so go ahead and type that in. There will be another warning here about what is going to happen and about data loss if anything interrupts this process. The only thing that can interrupt it is loss of power so again, make sure you have the Galaxy S6/S6 Edge connected to a charger. Here you’ll have the option to fast encrypt if you want, but this isn’t something that I recommend. When ready, tap on the Encrypt Device button again and wait for a black screen to appear. You’ll see a pad lock here and then your Galaxy S6/S6 Edge will reboot.
You’ll be taken to another black screen where you’re told the progress of the encryption process and to please wait. Depending on how much data you have, this could take an hour or two to complete but it generally shouldn’t take that long. When the process is completed, your Galaxy S6 will reboot and you’ll be taken to a password/pin code input screen before the Samsung boot animation is shown. You’ll need to enter the password or pin code here and then the Galaxy S6/S6 Edge will continue to boot up. You’ll be required to enter this password or pin code each time you reboot the device so be aware of that.
That is it! Your data is now completely secured and not even a police officer or judge can make you give them the password to decrypt it(at least this is what the courts have said so far). As another reminder, if you ever want to disable encryption then you will need to do a factory reset on the Galaxy S6 so all of your data will be lost. Please be sure to do a backup with Samsung Kies ahead of time.
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