Android L to come with disk encryption enabled by default

BY Rajesh Pandey

Published 19 Sep 2014


Android L is going to be the biggest update to Android since possibly its inception. With L, Google is all set to address some of the weak points of Android including battery life, security and an inconsistent UI design. 

Now, in an effort to further improve the security of the platform, Google has decided to enable disk encryption by default in Android L, due to be released next month. This news was communicated to The Washington Post by Google’s spokeswoman Niki Christoff. With data encryption enabled, it will become nearly impossible for law enforcements to gain access to your data without your consent.

“For over three years Android has offered encryption, and keys are not stored off of the device, so they cannot be shared with law enforcement,” said company spokeswoman Niki Christoff. “As part of our next Android release, encryption will be enabled by default out of the box, so you won’t even have to think about turning it on.”

With the privacy and data of users coming under serious threat from the government, this move from Google makes complete sense. In fact, Apple has also made a similar change in iOS 8 that was released yesterday.

While Android L will be shipping with disk encryption enabled, it is not yet clear as to whether the feature will be automatically enabled on existing devices when they receive the Android L update or not down the line.

[Via The Washington Post]