Android Encryption

I decided to enable encryption my Android phone this week (at the urging of an acquaintance).  I don’t know why I haven’t pursued this in the past, but it’s never too late to start.

The process seems simple enough on the surface.

Settings > Generals > Privacy > Encrypt Phone

It warns you to have 80% battery. No problem. Hit encrypt. Phone restarts After about 30 seconds. Where’s the encryption? Wasn’t this supposed to take an hour?

A google search reveals that I’m not the only one having this problem on Android. Possible solutions people discuss on the intertubes range from “force stop all third party apps before encrypting” to “set your phone to landscape orientation at the encryption settings screen and turn wifi off before proceeding”.


None of these seem to work for my specific model. More troubleshooting is in order, but I find this a little disconcerting from a privacy standpoint.