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If someone hands me a Windows Phone 8.1 device, how can I determine if the phone has whole-device encryption enabled? Is there somewhere in the settings that indicates this?

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    Why might you care? I.e. what's the problem you're trying to solve? – Rowland Shaw Dec 1 '14 at 20:41
  • Whole device encryption is only enabled when the device is linked to a company's domain/network. – Neil Turner Dec 2 '14 at 14:15
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The device is only encrypted when it is connected to an exchange or a company account that requires the phone to do so.

  • Device encryption is not enabled by default. Device encryption is automatically enabled in the following scenarios:

    • The user adds an Outlook account to the phone, and the Microsoft Exchange server that it connects to is configured to require device encryption.

    • The user connects the phone to a company apps account, and the enterprise device management server for the account pushes down a policy to the phone that requires device encryption.

Secure boot and device encryption overview

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On WP 8.1 phones one can check this via the Storage Sense app. If it shows storage encrypted there, the internal phone storage has been secured.

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