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KeePass Android Installation

Introduction

Continuing in my series of posts about KeyPass - this time, it’s installing on Android.

Syncing

You can use KeePass2Android just on your mobile device if you wish. However mobile devices aren’t the best way for dealing with high volumes of data entry, like e-mail addresses, usernames and passwords.

I see the mobile version as a way to log into your websites, rather than a means to set-up better passwords.

In this regard I’ll be syncing the database between my desktop and my mobile, using Dropbox.

If you haven’t used Dropbox before, it’s a great little tool for syncronising data between devices via the cloud.

If you don't have a Dropbox account, I suggest you head over there and install it on your desktop (it's really easy).

Don't worry, I'll be right here when you get back smile

Dropbox on Android

  • Download and install the Dropbox app for Android
    • I recommend adding a passcode to Dropbox via Settings > Require app passcode
      Should you ever lose your phone, nobody can easily download your data.
    • I would also recommend ticking the Erase data - Erase all Dropbox data from this device after 10 failed passcode attempts - again this just provides extra security (you can always save your passcode in KeePass2Android if you think you’ll forget it wink).
  • Once installed, simply download the KeePass database file to your phone by thumbing the file in the Dropbox UI.

With Dropbox installed we can move onto using the KeyPass Android app.

KeyPass on Android

  • Again download and install the KeePass2Android Android client application (Clients for other devices are available).
  • I recommend you change the following settings:
    • Settings > Application > QuickUnlock > Enable QuickLock by default
      KeePass2Android will then prompt you for the last 3 characters from your Master password when you open the application.
    • Settings > Application > Security > Lock when screen off
      Which will lock KeePass2Android when you put your device to sleep.

Usage

There are two methods you can use to log into websites with KeePass2Android, the setup for each is the same. We’ll use our bbc.co.uk example from before:

  • Open the KeePass2Android application
  • Enter your passcode if required
  • Prod the Internet category
  • Then select the bbc.co.uk entry
  • Thumb the URL to open in your default mobile browser

As the website is loading you will see 3 notifications appear at the top of your device:

  1. Entry is available through KP2A Keyboard
  2. Select to copy username to clipboard
  3. Select to copy password to clipboard

KP2A Keyboard method

Option 1 replaces your current keyboard with the Keypass2Android keyboard. This makes life a lot easier when entering usernames and passwords as Keypass2Android is integrated into the keyboard.

However you lose the default Google Swype-esk keyboard (or constantly have to flip between the two).

Copy/Paste method

If you prefer to keep the default keyboard the copy/paste method may be more suitable for you.

  • Drag down the notification area and pick Select to copy username to clipboard
  • Dismiss the notification area out of the way
  • Place focus on the username field of you website, and paste the username
  • Drag down the notification area and pick Select to copy password to clipboard
  • This time, place focus on the password field of you website, and paste the username

Conclusion

The KeePass2Android application is unavoidably more clunky than the desktop version, but a small amount of inconvenience for the greater good.

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