Change Key Password in Mailvelope

You can easily change your key password inside the browser-addon Mailvelope.

First change your key password in Mailvelope. Then you should create a new recovery document to use the new key password on other devices as well.

Change Your Key Password in Mailvelope

Open your browser with the installed mailvelope-addon and follow these steps:

  1. Open the browser-addon Mailvelope in the above right corner.
  2. Click on keyring.

    Mailvelope PW change step 1

  3. Choose the key from the drop-down menu.
  4. Click on the line with the selected key to expand the details.

    Mailvelope PW change step 2

  5. Click on change in the line Password.

    Mailvelope PW change step 3

  6. fill in your current password, then your new password twice and click on save.

    Mailvelope PW change step 4

Done. You have successfully changed your key password. If you will write a new encrypted E-Mail you will be asked for this password.


If you want to use other devices with this new password you will have to create a new recovery sheet. After that you should proceed the recovery process on you device.

Creating a New Recovery Document

Create a recovery document to be able to restore lost encryption data and/or use it on other devices.

Lost your recovery document? Follow these steps to create a new one.

  1. In your inbox click Settings.
  2. Click Security, then Encryption.
  3. Click Backup and Recovery, then Create Recovery Document.
    GMX will create a new recovery document and show it in a new window.
  4. Click Print.
Next step:

Keep your recovery document in a safe place for future reference.

Setting up Encrypted Communication on an Android Device after you have changed the key password in mailvelope

If you have set up Encrypted Communication on yout computer and have changed your key password via mailvelope, you will have to synchronize your GMX Mail App for Android with the new key password.

  1. Start your GMX Mail App for Android and log in.
  2. Tap your device's menu button and then tap the settings icon in the upper right corner.
  3. delete the E-Mail Address you use Encrypted Communication with by tappinmg the trash icon.
  4. Tap on add account, to set up your E-Mail Address again.
  5. During the set up tap on activate encryption, when you are asked for.
  6. Tap Scan QR code and point your device camera on the recovery document's QR code at the bottom right of your recovery document.
  7. If your device doesn't have a camera, you can enter your recovery code by hand. To do so, tap Recovery Code.
  8. Tap Done to confirm.
Now you can use Encrypted Communication with the new key password on your Android device.