1. AC Question's Avatar
    I inadvertently encrypted my Samsung3 Galaxy & cannot figure out how to reverse the process. I just wanted to lock the screen, not encrypt the device. Kindly assist please. Thank you.
    03-08-2015 08:48 PM
  2. Rukbat's Avatar
    I believe that's a one way function. There's no "off" switch. Once encrypted, always encrypted.

    Flashing a stock ROM may give you an unencrypted device, but I don't have a spare phone to ruin to test it.
    B. Diddy likes this.
    03-08-2015 10:05 PM
  3. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! Right, encryption is irreversible. Getting rid of encryption is called a factory data reset.
    Rukbat likes this.
    03-08-2015 10:28 PM
  4. Rukbat's Avatar
    Didn't know a simple factory reset would do it, but it makes sense, teacher.
    B. Diddy likes this.
    03-09-2015 12:04 AM
  5. B. Diddy's Avatar
    That's my understanding, anyway. This Google support page says, "On other Nexus devices, you can turn off encryption but will need to perform a factory data reset, which erases all your data." (By "other," they were referring to Nexus devices that aren't the Nexus 6 or 9.)
    03-09-2015 12:10 AM

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