I have installed Ubuntu 21.04 on my laptop and after installation I have encrypted my /home partition as described in this tutorial: https://www.howtogeek.com/116032/how-to-encrypt-your-home-folder-after-installing-ubuntu/

Now, what happens is that after I boot my Ubuntu it automatically logs me in as my user but without any of my data, apps, etc. It also shows the initial welcoming screen that you get after a fresh installation where you can add accounts, choose if you want to send data do Canonical, etc. Then, if I want to access all my data, I have to Log Out and Log In again. After that, all of my data and apps are visible. This happens every time after boot after I have encrypted my /home partition.

Is there a possibility to get Ubuntu to ask for my encryption password to decrypt my /home partition automatically without the need to Log Out and Log In again?

Thank you

  • The best way to do what you're asking is actually to use full disk encryption during installation. It's also more secure, since encrypting only /home offers a false sense of security when files are frequently cached and mirrored in swap and other locations that are not under the user's home folder. With full disk encryption, you enter a password during boot.
    – Nmath
    Commented May 12, 2021 at 5:39

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You can do this by changing your account to not sign in automatically. Here's how:

  1. Open the Settings application: Settings
  2. Click on Users, then "Unlock": Users Settings Be sure to enter your password when prompted
  3. Change "Automatic Login" to disabled
  4. There is no Step 4

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