May 282014

A few months ago, I upgraded my rooted Samsung Galaxy S3 (SGH-I747M) smartphone. In the process, I lost root, which was rather annoying. I was able to re-root the phone using CF-Auto-Root, but only after decrypting its memory first. When I tried to re-encrypt the phone afterwards, the process failed. The log (adb logcat) showed that it was unable to unmount the /data partition.

I have since tried several approaches to encrypt the phone while retaining root, but to no avail. Here are the things I tried over the past few months:

  • Temporarily disabling SuperSU;
  • Disabling SuperSU using Triangle Away;
  • Wiping the phone (factory reset) while retaining root;
  • Turning off SuperSU logging;
  • Booting into Safe Mode;
  • Manually unmounting¬†/data and most other partitions;
  • As above, in Safe Mode;
  • Unrooting, encrypting, and then rooting using Kingo Android Root (supposedly worked for some people; didn’t root the phone for me).

OK, I give up. I don’t really need to encrypt the stupid phone.

 Posted by at 9:12 pm