Encrypt SD Card on Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
Edited by Train Wreck, Eng, VisiHow
If you have ever encrypted your phone or Tablet, you know how performance can degrade. This is especially true if the only reason you're really using your Tablet or phone is to play games or take photos and videos. However, there may be times where you actually do need to encrypt your SD card. In this tutorial we are going to show you how to encrypt your external SD card for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2. If you instead need to learn how to decrypt your SD card, make sure you view the appropriate tutorial which we have created for the purposes of enabling you to be able to decrypt SD cards.
Note that in this tutorial we are using an unencrypted Galaxy Tab S2. In some versions of the Samsung firmware, you will be unable to encrypt an SD card from a device that has already been encrypted. Therefore, if your device is currently encrypted, and these instructions are not working for you, you will need to decrypt your device and then encrypt your SD card and, once more, encrypt your device.
Access Security Settings
Set Up Your Device for Encryption
- 2After tapping on other security settings, you will see a section for encryption.The section is at the very top.
- 4Once you have tapped 'Encrypt external SD card', the system will inform you that the SD card encryption is turned off.You'll be asked to enter a six characters minimum password that includes one letter and one number. Note that if you do not have screen security enabled, you will not be able to enter these characters.
- 5If you do not have screen security enabled, proceed to the next section.
- 6If you have screen security enabled, you can skip ahead to section on what to do if you have screen security enabled; or you can simply enter the six character password you'll use to encrypt your SD card, which we discuss in more detail below.
If You Do Not Have Screen Security Enabled
Screen security is more than just a pattern or four-number PIN. It's actually a real and true form of secure access to your system. You can just use a six-character PIN, or you can use a PIN and your fingerprints. In the steps below, we will just use a six-character PIN because it is easier to set up.
- 3Tap once on 'CONTINUE'.Note that your PIN will automatically be set the moment you tap 'CONTINUE'; so, be sure you have it written down or memorized. In our example, we used 1234. We strongly suggest that if you are not familiar with this process or if that it is your first time doing it, then you follow similar steps and use a basic password until you have familiarized yourself with exactly how device encryption and decryption works.
- 4After entering your PIN and tapping 'CONTINUE', you will be taken to the screen-lock selection screen.Note that only high-security passwords or fingerprints are allowed when using device encryption. This is because other methods are much easier to break. In this case, we will set a high-security password for our device. Tap now on 'Password High security'.
- 8After tapping 'OK', you will be taken to a screen asking how you would like to have lock-screen notifications set.We recommend not showing any notifications, which is the bottom option and which is selected by default. The reason for this is that if you are attempting to secure your device, it is a good idea to not allow any notifications. Sometimes an SMS notification will give away information you might have wanted to keep private. However, if you're simply interested in encrypting your SD card, but otherwise want to allow the device to be shown, then you may instead select 'Show content'. Whatever you select, tap on 'DONE' to proceed to the next screen.
- 9Now you will be taken to the 'Encrypt external SD card' section.Proceed to the next section of this tutorial to continue.
If You Have Screen Security Enabled
if you have skipped the previous section because you already had a high level of security enabled on your Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, then you will want to follow these steps.
- 2Once you tap turn on the option, you will be informed that encrypting your external SD card will encrypt all files on the SD card.You must tap 'YES' or 'NO' to proceed. In this tutorial, we tap 'YES'.
- If you tap 'NO', then only files which are created on this device will be encrypted.
- If you tap 'YES', then all files are encrypted.
- 3Next, you will be given the option to avoid encrypting common media files such as AVI, JPG, or MP3.This means that videos and photos you take on your Galaxy Tab S2 will not be encrypted. You must tap 'YES' or 'NO'. In this tutorial, we have tapped 'NO'.
- If you would like to encrypt these files, then you will want to tap 'NO'.
- If you do not want to encrypt these files, then you will want to tap 'YES'.
- 5After tapping 'CONTINUE', you will be asked to enter and confirm your password.Note that this password is not the simple 1234 password we created earlier. This is actually the encryption password. In our case, this password was 1q2w3e. When you have typed your encryption password, tap on 'CONTINUE'.
- 6After tapping 'CONTINUE', you will be taken to a warning window.It is very important that you pay attention to the settings in this warning window. Of particular concern is the fact that if you perform a factory reset, the decryption key stored on your system for files on your SD card will be erased. This means you will not be able to access or use those encrypted files again, but you will still be able to use the unencrypted files. The only solution you have to restore storage space in such cases will be to delete the encrypted files. Therefore, make sure that you turn off SD card encryption before performing a factory reset and unencrypt all files. With that in mind, tap one time on 'APPLY' so that you may continue.
- 9Congratulations!Your SD card is now encrypted.Advertisement
- Encrypting your SD card may seem like a good idea, but if you don't need to, avoid doing it. SD card encryption slows down everything on your system. It can result in the complete loss of your files if there is problem with your Galaxy Tab S2 that causes it to require a factory reset.
- Use encryption with caution and make sure you back up your device regularly so you will still be able to access stored keys to retrieve locked or encrypted files later.
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Questions and Answers
Galaxy S2 8" tablet will not let me encrypt my 64GB SD card?
I am following the instructions for encrypting my SD card (which I have to do to use it at all because I use work emails on the tablet and they insist on everything encrypted. Fair enough). But all I get when I start the process is an error message
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