Do I need to decrypt my /e/OS phone in order to flash another ROM?


I’m using /e/OS 1.8.1-20230207257879-whyred on my Redmi Note 5. Since there is no stable version of eOS released for 7 months on my device, I want to change my ROM for a more maintained one.

Yet, I’ve encrypted my device data and I can’t decrypt it easily on the settings.

Do I need to decrypt my phone before changing custom recovery and flash my new rom? I don’t care about the data on the phone since I’ve already backed it up.

If I need to decrypt it, how could I do?

Thank you in advance,


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Hi @GregRoy welcome to the forum.

It looks like you missed the Android version upgrade to Android 11 (R). The ROMs are

There is an upgrade page for your device

No, I really don’t think so; format data will destroy the data whether encrypted or not.

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