Encrypt the HTC One M8 Handset
Edited by Grimm, Alexander Avdeev, rgodwin, Eng
You're watching VisiHow! This is a tutorial on how to encrypt the HTC One M8 phone so that no one but you can view or see the data on your phone.
To do this, we're going to pick up the telephone and double-tap the screen to access the home screen.
Once we are on the home screen, we're going to swipe up to enter the lock screen.
We enter the PIN and tap the enter key on the keypad. We will be in the main phone screen. We need to access the "Settings" icon, which can be done one of the two ways.
The first way is by tapping the applications menu icon. The icon is located at the bottom and has a series of white boxes together. We tap the icon one time.
At the bottom, we tap the "Settings" icon. The icon is a blue-and-white gear which reads "Settings". Tapping the icon will open up the "Settings" menu.
We scroll down until we reach the "Storage" option.
Alternatively, we press the home button located at the bottom of our phone to go back to our home screen.
Tap the recent applications icon to close the window with "Settings".
From our home screen, we are going to swipe down from the top. This will bring up the notifications panel.
Tap the primary settings window icon on the notifications panel. The icon is located in the upper-right corner. This will bring up all of the options available for our phone. We are looking for the "SETTINGS" icon in the top-right corner of your HTC One M8. The icon is gear-shaped.
We tap the "SETTINGS" icon. Now, the same settings screen that we were on before will be shown.
We can scroll down. We are looking for "Storage".
Let's tap "Storage" one time. We will see at the beginning at the top the phone lists "PHONE STORAGE". This tells us that we are in "PHONE STORAGE". We have our applications, other data, and available space shown on this screen.
We can make more space by cleaning things up.
We can encrypt the storage of the phone. This is the purpose of the tutorial on how to encrypt the storage of the phone.
To protect content on this phone with a password and encryption, let's tap the check box next to "Phone storage encryption". One tap on the check box will let us know that in order to encrypt our phone, we are going to have our phone connected to a charger. This is owing to encrypting our accounts, settings, and other information is process that needs to complete without an interruption. If our phone is only partially encrypted, and the battery dies, or our phone is not connected otherwise to the power source that results in an interruption, we can create a very serious problem for our phone, which some people refer to as "bricking" the phone. We will require a technician to repair the phone.
Let's plug our phone so that we are not subject to that concern. Our phone has been plugged into the charger. The battery icon at the top-right section of the screen indicates that the charge is currently coming into the phone. We must notice that the process is irreversible, and it will take an hour or more to encrypt our phone. We will not be able to use the phone during this time. We will need to keep our phone encrypted and plugged in until the encryption process is completed. If we interrupt the encryption process, we will lose some or all of the data. The only way to decrypt our phone is with a factory data reset, which will erase all of the data from the phone.
In order to proceed, we are going to tap on "NEXT".
Now, we need to enter the PIN code.
We tap the "NEXT" button and the enter on the keypad if it is available. We are going to be reminded one final time that the encryption of our phone is an irreversible process. If we interrupt it, we will lose data. The encryption will take an hour or more. The phone will restart several times.
Let's begin by tapping "ENABLE ENCRYPTION".
Now, we need to wait. We can see that the phone is restarting now for the first time. The phone may restart more than once.
Now, the phone will indicate that the it is being encrypted.
There is percentage listed at the top. In our example, it is at 7% of encryption currently. This is a new phone, and because it is a new phone, the encryption is much faster than it would be if we had an old phone.
It is always recommended that if a phone is to be encrypted, then a Factory Reset of the phone should be performed before the phone is encrypted. That way, we would work with a clean phone with no restored data on it. Then, we can encrypt the phone, and we can move back the information easily and have only the things that we want on the phone encrypted without, for example, encrypting such items as Angry Birds, Clash of Clans, or Celtic Tribes.
In the example, the phone is already at 98% encryption. There is just 2% left to go, at which point the phone will be 100% encrypted. At that point, the phone should restart once more. Then, we'll be taken through another series of steps before finally entering the phone.
Should we choose to interrupt the process, we can tap the back button or the up button at the bottom. This is not recommended as we want the phone to be encrypted.
It is now 100% encrypted, and we'll proceed to the next step.
The phone will restart now having finished the encryption process and should take us the main screen shortly.
Once the phone is restarted, we will be asked to enter our password in order to get into the phone. Should we fail this action within 30 attempts, the device data will be deleted. This will happen when the phone is restarted after the encryption. For example, in order to enter the passcode, the number sign on the virtual keyboard is tapped. The password "1234" is entered.
Should we need to make an emergency call instead, we can, alternatively, press the emergency call button.
We should be taken in the phone now. We've now entered the phone.
We tap and hold the lock icon and swipe up to unlock the phone.
We tap in the password now, which is our passcode.
Once we've tapped it in, tap the enter button. It will take us into the phone. We will be able to use and access our phone as normal.
This concludes our video on how to encrypt the HTC One M8 phone. If you need additional help with this or have questions about it, please let us know in the section below, and we'll be glad to answer them. Thank you for choosing VisiHow! Have a great day!
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Questions and Answers
I'm following the steps and I'm connected to a charger yet the NEXT button is greyed out and unable to be used. The article doesn't cover the option of not being able to use the NEXT button. I have tried: Restarting the phone twice. I think it was caused by: It's a new phone other than that, no idea.
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