OpenKeychain helps you communicate more privately and securely. It uses encryption to ensure that your messages can be read only by the people you send them to, others can send you messages that only you can read, and these messages can be digitally signed so the people getting them are sure who sent them. OpenKeychain is based on the well established OpenPGP standard making encryption compatible across your devices and systems. For a list of compatible software for Windows, Mac OS, and other operating systems consult openpgp.org/software/.
Modern encryption is based on digital “keys”. OpenKeychain stores and manages your keys, and those of the people you communicate with, on your Android smartphone. It also helps you find others’ keys online, and exchange keys. But its most frequent use is in using those keys to encrypt and decrypt messages.
Open Source: OpenKeychain is designed to be trustworthy. It’s Free Software with no secrets; anyone can examine and validate every bit of it (Source code available at GitHub)
The auditing company Cure53 performed an intensive security audit of OpenKeychain. The security experts summarize their final result with “[…] none of the spotted issues were considered to be of a critical severity in terms of security implications. The latter is a significant and impressive result for an app of this complexity and relevance.”
OpenKeychain primarily integrates with K-9 Mail to provide end-to-end encryption capabilities. Besides this, several other apps work with OpenKeychain to provide encryption.
|K-9 Mail||Best open source email client for Android||Play, F-Droid||GitHub|
|Conversations||Jabber/XMPP client with OpenPGP support||Play, F-Droid||GitHub|
|Password Store||Password manager compatible with “pass”||Play, F-Droid||GitHub|
|Oversec||Transparently encrypts and decrypts any text in any app.||Play|
|Mail.de||Mail.de email client||Play|
|PGPClipper||PGPClipper integrates with the clipboard to decrypt PGP messages||F-Droid||GitHub|
|andOTP||OTP generator with backups in OpenPGP format||Play, F-Droid||GitHub|
|oandbackup||Backup apps encrypted via OpenPGP||F-Droid||GitHub|
|PGPAuth||Send OpenPGP-signed requests to a server||Play, F-Droid||GitHub|
|PhotoPGP||Take photos of sensitive, private, or confidential information||Play|
|FairEmail||Fully featured, open source, privacy oriented email app for Android||Play, F-Droid||GitHub|
We are not actively participating in the development of each of these third-party apps. No security audits have been done by us and, thus, we cannot provide any security guarantees.
Because OpenKeychain is Free Software, anyone can validate that the permissions are indeed only required for the listed features.
Starting with Android 6, permissions are requested when required in-app!