How to mount encrypted VeraCrypt or other volumes on an Android device
There are a variety of encryption methods available if you wish to encrypt everything on your computer. VeraCrypt, an open-source encryption tool that operates on most computers, is one of the most popular and effective encryption solutions available.
Nevertheless, because VeraCrypt is an open-source solution for encrypting all of your sensitive files, the topic of how to mount VeraCrypt volumes on your Android device may arise. You may need to transport specific files from time to time, and if you need to work with encrypted files while on the go, mounting them on your Android device is the only option. Despite the fact that VeraCrypt is an open-source solution, it does not officially support Android devices. However, there is a workaround that allows you to mount VeraCrypt volumes on your Android device. Today, I’ll talk about how to do that.
You can also learn how to create a VeraCrypt volume on your computer and use it to store all of your sensitive data. I’ve mostly talked about how to construct a virtual VeraCrypt volume and use it to store all of your important information, which appears to be a more versatile solution than encrypting a whole physical disk.
So, without further ado, let’s get started on how to mount VeraCrypt volumes on your Android device and the limits you may encounter.
Mounting VeraCrypt on Android
Open the Google Play Store on your Android smartphone and download EDS Lite; alternatively, you can purchase the EDS software for your Android device for roughly INR 480 ($6-$7). I’m using the EDS Lite software for this because it’ll be beneficial for practically all of the jobs.
You might be wondering what the limitations of the lite edition are. EDS Lite is the free and open-source version of EDS, and it has a lot of limitations. However, if all you want to do is mount VeraCrypt volumes on your Android smartphone and read and write to them, you won’t have any problems. Another item to consider is that both apps were created by the same company, sovworks. You can also get EDS Lite’s source code from Github and alter it to suit your needs, assuming you know what you’re doing and have coding abilities.
Open the EDS Lite app after you’ve downloaded and installed it on your Android smartphone, and tap the hamburger icon in the top left corner. Select ‘Manage containers‘ from the drop-down menu.
Now, press the ‘+’ button.
Mounting an existing volume
You’ll now have two choices. You have the option of creating a new container or mounting an existing one. The term “container” refers to a volume in this context. First, I’ll explain how to mount an existing container, often known as a volume. To do so, choosing the ‘Add existing container‘ option from the drop-down menu.
Change the ‘Container format‘ to ‘VeraCrypt‘ in the menu that displays by hitting on the ‘Change‘ button.
You must now choose the path where the VeraCrypt volume is stored. I’m sure you’ve copied the VeraCrypt volume to your Android in some method. Simply press the ‘Select path‘ button and navigate to the VeraCrypt volume. Last but not least, press the small tick button. To complete the process of adding a new volume, simply hit the tick button one more.
The VeraCrypt volume will now be shown to you. Until you go back to the app’s home screen, keep hitting the back button.
Now, go back to the hamburger icon and look for the VeraCrypt volume you installed. The volume’s name is FAT in this case.
Then, input the volume password and press the ‘OK‘ button.
You will now be able to see the contents of the VeraCrypt volume.
Unless you manually unmount the volume or make EDS Lite ask for the password the next time you want to open it, the disk will remain mounted. Simply press the hamburger button, then the little shield icon that corresponds to the volume.
The next time you try to see or alter the contents of the volume, you will be prompted to enter the volume’s password.
Creating a new volume
To begin creating a new container or volume, choose ‘Create new container‘ from the two options presented.
Adjust the ‘Container format’ to ‘VeraCrypt,’ select a container path by tapping on the ‘Select path‘ button, change the ‘Container password,’ ‘Container size,’ Encryption and Hashing algorithm, and so on. You must also specify the name of the file or virtual drive you are creating. Last but not least, tap on the tick mark. The volume’s name is vera in this case.
Now, hit the hamburger icon once more, and then tap the name of the new container you made.
You can now add new files to the volume by entering the password, just as you did when mounting the drive. After that, you can mount the disk using VeraCrypt, which is installed on your computer.
It’s a good idea to unmount the VeraCrypt disk when you’ve finished all of your work with it on EDS Lite. To do so, simply drag down the notification dashboard and select ‘Close all EDS Connections‘ from the drop-down menu. All connections will be instantly closed, and the volumes will be unmounted.
EDS Lite allows you to mount your VeraCrypt or other encrypted volumes directly on your Android smartphone. To say the least, this can be handy in a variety of situations. Even if the app has some limits in terms of reading and writing data from encrypted volumes, you should keep it installed on your Android device to get the most out of your encrypted volumes.
You cannot mount NTFS or volumes formatted in other formats using EDS Lite, which is one of the primary limitations of the software. When it comes to mounting encrypted volumes using EDS Lite, you’re pretty much limited to the fat file system. You can, however, mount exFAT volumes, but you’ll need to install an extra plugin, which you can get here.
Another limitation is that you cannot open the content of the containers for the volumes in your preferred File Manager to improve your reading and writing experience. Despite the fact that there is a setting in the settings that should allow me to open the contents of the disks in a different file manager, I am unable to do so.
Despite all of EDS Lite’s possible drawbacks, it’s still an excellent encryption tool for your Android that supports a variety of encryption options. So that’s how you can use EDS Lite to mount encrypted VeraCrypt volumes on your Android device. Do you have any other inquiries? Please leave your thoughts in the comments section.