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Okel
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Galaxy A3 (2015) and Encryption Question

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Hi everyone, just a quick question here that I can't seem to find the answer for in a Google search-

 

I have a Galaxy A3 (2015) model, so it's an older one now. My phone however is updated to Marshmallow and now has the option to encrypt the device. I read a little a bit about encryption on Android as I'd like to have my phone as secure as possible. Anyway I noticed there were talks about having to enter an alphanumerical password to encrypt the device, and that you would need to enter this long password in place of a standard lockscreen PIN every time you need to unlock it? 

 

Just checking if this is true before I go ahead.  How do passwords work on older encrypted Galaxy phones?  Could I use a standard PIN with lockscreen apps? I'm just checking as I'd much rather a PIN to unlock my phone, out of ease really. 

 

Also while I'm here, would my device take a noticeable performance decrease? 

 

Thanks

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Re: Galaxy A3 (2015) and Encryption Question

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Hey there @Okel

You can set up several different kinds of protection for you device from password to PIN to just a simple screen swipe. However, if you encrypt the device, you MUST use a 6 digit alphanumerical password, it won't let you choose any other option.


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Hey there @Okel

You can set up several different kinds of protection for you device from password to PIN to just a simple screen swipe. However, if you encrypt the device, you MUST use a 6 digit alphanumerical password, it won't let you choose any other option.


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Okel
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Just to clarify - So this alphanumerical password would have to be entered every time I unlock the phone? Also how do 3rd party lockscreen apps work with this?

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It would have to be done every time you unlocked the device, not that dissimilar to any other unlock pattern, PIN, password, or swipe used. It's that way to keep the encryption and device safe. A don't know if any third party lock apps work with this, I think it has to be a system lock password since it asks for one as soon as the device is encrypted. 


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Okel
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Re: Galaxy A3 (2015) and Encryption Question

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Great. Thanks a lot for your help and answering my question. 

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Anytime! If you have any other questions that's what the Community is here for.  ^_^


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Re: Galaxy A3 (2015) and Encryption Question

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I did this on my s4 but now want to deactivate it.  I can't  answer my phone in time due to having to enter the long pw.  How do I deactivate it? 

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Re: Galaxy A3 (2015) and Encryption Question

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I did this on my s4 but want to deactivate it.  I can' answer my phone in a timely manner.  How do I deactivate the encryption?  

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