How to Encrypt Your Samsung Galaxy Tab S

By Dan Gookin

When the information on your Galaxy Tab must be really, really secure, you can take the drastic step to encrypting its internal and external storage. For most Tab uses, this step is a bit much. However, if you’re using your Galaxy Tab to store plans for the Death Star, you might want to consider it.

Start by applying a secure screen lock. Only the Password lock is acceptable. The password must be at least six characters long and contain at least one number.

Second, ensure that the tablet is either plugged in or fully charged. Encryption takes a while and you don’t want the Tab pooping out before the process is complete.

Third, follow these steps to encrypt your tablet’s internal storage:

  1. Open the Settings app.

  2. Tap the General Tab and choose the Security item.

  3. On the right side of the screen, choose Encrypt Device.

    You may need to charge the tablet or set a password or both.

  4. Tap the Encrypt Device button.

  5. Wait.

You can choose the item Encrypt External SD Card to perform the same operation on its storage as well.

After the Tab is encrypted, only by unlocking it with the given password will anyone be able to access its storage.

Try using a strong password instead of encrypting your tablet. Adding remote security is also a good idea.