How to use a the same generated keypair on enigmail/thunderbird and iOS Mail

Fabian A. Santiago fsantiago at
Sun Jul 16 17:58:52 CEST 2017

July 16, 2017 11:41 AM, "E.Keen" <contact at> wrote:

> Dear community,
> I am very passionate about cyber security and working against mass
> surveillance. I therefore try to stay informed about security
> measurements and encryption.
> Nevertheless, I do have a problem which I cannot solve by myself.
> I generated a keypair using enigmail on thunderbird for this email address.
> Now, I'd like to use the same address with the same encryption keys on
> an iOS device.
> However, I don't know how to transfer the private key securely without
> anyone else being able to obtain it.
> Someone informed me that there might be a possibility to type in the
> private key manually.
> I 'd appreciate any help or further information you might give me.
> Thank you very much.
> Kind Regards,
> E.Keen
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people out there correct me if I'm wrong,

iOS natively won't make use of gpg keys, only s/mime. so you'd be relying on a 3rd party app to handle encrypted email using the former. unless you also have an s/mime key pair to use, then iOS' mail app will use it. 

said 3rd party app may allow you to transfer the key(s) to your device by way of itunes. i forget the exact place (something to do with app syncing i think) but there would be a place you can copy the files you wish to have sync'd to your mobile device. then the app would pick it up from there. 

i've used one such app before in the distant past but forget its name and don't currently have an ios device on me to look around but you can probably find something in the app store. 



Fabian S.

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