Using Encrypted HiDrive Folders on an iPhone/iPad

HiDrive can encrypt a folder and its contents in Windows. The key generated for this purpose is also used in the iOS HiDrive app to open or create encrypted folders. In this article, we'll show you how to access and manage your encrypted data.

Additional Information

Displaying the Key as a QR code (Windows PC)

  • Open the Windows Explorer.
  • Make sure that the navigation pane is displayed. It is activated in the top menu bar under View > Navigation Pane.
  • In the navigation column, right-click IONOS HiDrive > HiDrive Settings.
  • Switch to the Encryption tab.
  • Optional: Click the Create new key button to generate a new key. This button is not displayed if a key already exists.
  • Click on the entry Show key as QR code.

Importing the Key (iOS)

  • Open the HiDrive app on your iOS device.
  • Tap Settings > Data Encryption > Import Key.
  • Scan the generated QR code from the screen of your Windows PC with your iOS device.
  • Enter the password you assigned when you created your key on the Windows PC. The key will be imported and displayed as a letter-number combination.

After a successful key import, you can access all folders that were created with the corresponding key. You can distinguish encrypted folders by the lock symbol below their name.

Creating Encrypted Folders

After you have imported the key once in the iOS HiDrive app, you can also create encrypted folders:

  • Open the HiDrive-App on your iOS device.
  • Tap Files in the menu bar at the bottom of the screen.
  • Navigate to the location where you want to create the encrypted folder.
  • Tap 3-dot menu > New folder.
  • Enter a name for the folder.
  • Activate the Encrypted checkbox.
  • Finally, click Create.