Sep 3, 2016
May 11, 2017 (Retired)
Patrick Jung (PDDStudio)
Patrick Jung (PDDStudio)
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An Android Library to securely read and write encrypted values to your SharedPreferences.

Reason & Explanation

When developing an Android application you often save primitive values to your application's internal storage using SharedPreferences.

All values written to your SharedPreferences are stored unencrypted in a simple and plain .xml file inside your application's internal directory. In case you save sensitive or important data here, it can be easily read (and modified) by users with a rooted phone. To avoid this, I created EncryptedPreferences.

EncryptedPreferences is a simple wrapper around the official SharedPreferences API, which saves all data (containing both, keys and values) encrypted using Advanced Encryption Standard (AES/256 bit key). The library takes care about all heavy lifting, so all you have to do is to read and write your preferences as usual.

EncryptedPreferences aims to have the same API as the official SharedPreferences, to make it as easy as possible to integrate it into your application.

Getting Started

Add the library as dependency

Add the library as dependency to your app's build.gradle file.

dependencies {
    compile 'com.pddstudio:encrypted-preferences:1.3.0'

Make sure you're always using the latest version, which can be found on Maven Central.

Start using EncryptedPreferences

To start using EncryptedPreferences you have to create a new instance using the EncryptedPreferences.Builder.


EncryptedPreferences encryptedPreferences = new EncryptedPreferences.Builder(this).withEncryptionPassword("password").build();

Note: Starting with version 1.2.0 the support for default (password/key) configuration is deprecated due to security reasons. Therefore it's now required to specify your own password using the Builder's .withEncryptionPassword("password") method. If no password is set a RuntimeException will be thrown.

Once you created your EncryptedPreferences instance, you can read and write values.

Saving Values:

  .putString(TEST_KEY_VALUE_STRING, "testString")
  .putFloat(TEST_KEY_VALUE_FLOAT, 1.5f)
  .putLong(TEST_KEY_VALUE_LONG, 10L)
  .putBoolean(TEST_KEY_VALUE_BOOLEAN, false)

Note: As with the official SharedPreferences API, make sure to call apply() in order to save your changes!

Reading Values:

private void printValues() {
 Log.d("MainActivity", TEST_KEY_VALUE_STRING + " => " + encryptedPreferences.getString(TEST_KEY_VALUE_STRING, TEST_KEY_VALUE_STRING));
 Log.d("MainActivity", TEST_KEY_VALUE_FLOAT + " => " + encryptedPreferences.getFloat(TEST_KEY_VALUE_FLOAT, 0));
 Log.d("MainActivity", TEST_KEY_VALUE_LONG + " => " + encryptedPreferences.getLong(TEST_KEY_VALUE_LONG, 0));
 Log.d("MainActivity", TEST_KEY_VALUE_BOOLEAN + " => " + encryptedPreferences.getBoolean(TEST_KEY_VALUE_BOOLEAN, true));

Listening for Changes:

Beginning with version 1.2.0 it is possible to get notified when a value changed (added/updated/removed).

You can receive change events by implementing the EncryptedPreferences.OnSharedPreferenceChangeListener interface into your Activity/Fragment (or custom component). Make sure to respect your component's lifecycle and register/unregister the listener(s) to avoid unwanted behaviours.

protected void onCreate() {
 //some other stuff here...
 //register the listener
protected void onDestroy() {
 //unregister the listener before destroying the Activity/Fragment

public void onSharedPreferenceChanged(EncryptedPreferences encryptedPreferences, String key) {
 //do your stuff with the changed data here
 Log.d("MainActivity", "onSharedPreferenceChanged() => key: " + key);

For more information about how to read and write data to SharedPreferences, head over to the official Android Developer Guide.


Since version 1.0.1 EncryptedPreferences has a utility class, which might come in handy for several usecases beside persisting data. The EncryptedPreferences.Utils class is bound to your EncryptedPreferences instance and uses the same configuration.

You can retrieve the EncryptedPreferences.Utils instance by calling getUtils() on your EncryptedPreferences object.


private void utilsExample() {
 //get the encrypted value for an api key while debugging, so we don't have to save the original api key as plain text in production.
 String encryptedApiKey = encryptedPreferences.getUtils().encryptStringValue("SOME_API_KEY_HERE");
 Log.d("MainActivity", "encryptedApiKey => " + encryptedApiKey);
 //in production we simply use the utility method with the encrypted value which we got from debugging.
 String decryptedApiKey = encryptedPreferences.getUtils().decryptStringValue(encryptedApiKey);
 Log.d("MainActivity", "decryptedApiKey => " + decryptedApiKey);

Third-Party Libraries

This library is using AESCrypt-Android by scottyab.

About & Contact

  • In case you've a question feel free to hit me up via E-Mail (patrick.pddstudio[at]googlemail.com)
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    Copyright 2016 Patrick J

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