iPhone Data Encryption?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by iphonefreak450, Jun 13, 2015.

  1. iphonefreak450 macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2014

    Lets say that my iPhone is not yet encrypted with a screen lock PIN and decide to restore all my data onto the phone.
    So after my data has been restored and then I enable iPhone encryption using a screen lock PIN, will that data still be encrypted?
    Or, should encryption be enabled BEFORE restoring data onto the phone to avoid data leakage?

    Thanks in advance
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Not sure what you mean by encryption?
    If you put a passcode lock on your device then no one will be able to get access to the phone to view or connect and take any of your data.
    You dont need to restore it to enable a passcode, you can do it at any time and you'd be secured.
    Don't confuse encrypted or encryption with a pin passcode.
  3. iphonefreak450 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2014
    I thought when creating a screen lock PIN automatically encrypts and protects data on the phone.

    Or am I wrong here?
    So how do I manually encrypt an iPhone then?

    I know that Android has the ability to encrypt the phone.

    But iPhone does not have encryption?
  4. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    This from the iOS Deployment Manual (for IT administrators):
    Further, Apple services (iMessage, FaceTime, iCloud, etc.) are also encrypted. Here's an article that describes iCloud encryption: https://support.apple.com/HT202303

    This article may explain better what the passcode accomplishes: https://support.apple.com/HT202064
  5. LV426 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 22, 2013
  6. ardchoille50, Jun 14, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2015

    ardchoille50 macrumors 68020

    Feb 6, 2014
    The data on your iPhone is always encrypted, regardless of whether or not you use a screen lock PIN.

    Encryption and Passcodes are both explained here: https://www.apple.com/business/docs/iOS_Security_Guide.pdf (see pages 9 and 11)

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