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How to install an SSL Certificate on Android?

Sunday, March 31st, 2019

In this article, you will learn how to install an SSL Certificate on Android, the most popular mobile OS in the world. If you haven’t applied for an SSL Certificate yet, the first part of this guide will show you how to generate a CSR code for your android app.

As bonus reading, we’ve also included a brief history of Android and its latest versions, as well as a few tips on where to buy the best SSL Certificate for Android app.

Generate a CSR code for Android apps
Install an SSL Certificate on Android
Test your SSL installation
Android OS history and versions
Where to buy the best SSL Certificate for Android?

Generate a CSR code for Android apps

CSR is an acronym for Certificate Signing Request, a block of encoded text with contact data every SSL applicant must generate and send to the CA during the certificate enrollment process.

Since Java is the official language of Android development, we’ll show you how to generate a CSR code via Java Keystore. Alternatively, you can use our CSR Generator Tool to automatically create your CSR.

Along with the CSR, Java Keystore will also generate your private key file, required during the SSL installation. Please, follow the instructions below:

  1. To create a keystore and a key file, run the following command:
    keytool -genkey -alias myalias -keyalg RSA –keysize 2048 -keystore c:\yoursite.keystore

    Note: Remember your alias. You will need it later during the SSL installation.

  2. When prompted, submit your information as shown below:
    • What is your first and last name? Instead of your first and last name, enter the FQDN (fully-qualified domain name) you want to secure. For example, www.yoursite.com
    • What is the name of your organizational unit? Name the department within your organization requesting the SSL Certificate. For instance, IT
    • What is the name of your organization? Specify the full legal name of your company. For example, Your Company LLC
    • What is the name of your city or locality? Write the full name of the city where your company is registered
    • What is the name of your state or province? Enter the full name of the state or province where your company is located For example, California
    • What is the two-letter country code for this unit? Type your country’s official two-letter code. For instance, US. You can find all the country codes here.
  3. Press Y or type Yes to confirm your details
  4. To create your CSR code run the following command:
  5. keytool -certreq -keyalg RSA -alias myalias -file certreq.txt -keystore c:\yoursite.mykeystore
  6. To locate your CSR file, run the command below:
    type certreq.txt
  7. Use any text editor such as Notepad to open the certreq file. You will need to copy-paste its contents, including the BEGIN CERTIFICATE and END CERTIFICATE tags into the corresponding box during the SSL order process.

Install an SSL Certificate on Android

After your CA validates your SSL request and sends the necessary SSL files to your inbox, you can proceed with the installation.

Before you begin, your SSL files meet the Android requirements:

  • Android only supports DER-encoded X.509 SSL certificates
  • Android support PKCS#12 key store files with .pfx or .p12 extension
  • You’ll have to create a PKCS#12 password or passphrase
  • If your certificates’ extension is not in .cer or .crt format, you will have to convert them, using an SSL Converter tool
  • SSL is supported by all Android’s older and newer versions

Please, follow the steps below to being your installation:

  1. On your Android admin dashboard go to Settings > Security
  2. Under Credential Storage click on Install from Phone Storage/Install from SD Card

    Note: if you don’t have this option, navigate to Advanced Settings > Security or Advanced Settings > Privacy and click on Install from Phone Storage/Install from SD Card.

  3. The File Storage Manager will appear. Locate your SSL Certificate from your device
  4. If prompted to enter the PKCS#12 password, type the password you created
  5. In the Certificate Name field, enter a friendly name for your certificate
  6. Under Credential Use select VPN and Apps or Wi-Fi based on your security requirements.

Congratulations, you’ve successfully installed an SSL Certificate on Android.

Test your SSL installation

After you install an SSL Certificate on Android, you should perform a thorough check of your SSL configuration. These highly efficient SSL tools will help you spot any potential vulnerabilities within your SSL installation. With instant scans and details reports, you’ll always keep your SSL certificate up and running.

Android OS history and versions

Android is the most popular mobile operating system in the world. Initially developed by Androind Inc, the OS was sold to Google in 2005 and was first released on a commercial device in 2008. Android is built on a modified version of the Linux Kernel and open sources software.

Android Inc. was founded in Palo Alto, California, in October 2003 by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears, and Chris White. Just like the name Andrew, Android has its roots in the Greek Andros. Andy Rubin’s personal website and the nickname was Android, and eventually, become the name of the company he founded.

After Google acquired Android, the OS has gone through multiple major releases. Below you’ll find all the latest releases which are still supported:

  • Version 9, Android Pie, released on August 6, 2018
  • Version 8, Android Oreo, released on August 21, 2017
  • Version 7, Android Nougat, released on August 22, 2016

Where to buy the best SSL Certificate for Android?

If you’re looking for affordable SSL Certificates, then you’ve come to the right SSL vendor. SSL Dragon’s intuitive and user-friendly website will walk you through the entire range of SSL products. All our SSL Certificates are signed by trusted Certificate Authorities and are compatible with Android OS. We provide the following SSL validation types:

SSL Dragon brings you the best SSL deals on the market and flawless customer support for any certificate you choose. And, if you’re struggling to find the perfect cert for your website, our SSL Wizard and Advanced Certificate Filter tools can offer quick suggestions.

If you find any inaccuracies, or you have details to add to these SSL installation instructions, please feel free to send us your feedback at [email protected]. Your input would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.