How can I download my public and private keys?

ProtonMail uses PGP for end-to-end encryption. All users have two encryption keys, one public and one private. The public key can be shared with anyone and is used by your contacts to encrypt their messages to you. The private key is secret (you should never share it) and is used to decrypt incoming messages.

You can download your public and private keys from ProtonMail in order to send PGP encrypted emails to non-ProtonMail users or to use your keys in another PGP client. This is an advanced feature for technical users. You can learn more about using PGP with ProtonMail here.

How to download your public key

1. In the web app at mail.protonmail.com, go to Settings -> Keys.

2. Click on the arrow next to the email address whose public key you wish to download. Then click on the “EXPORT” button.

3. In the popup window, click on the “PUBLIC KEY” button.

4. Select a location on your device to download your public key and click on “Save”.

How to download your private key

1. In the web app at mail.protonmail.com, go to Settings -> Keys.

2. Click on the arrow next to the email address whose public key you wish to download. Then click on the “EXPORT” button.

3. In the popup window, click on the “PRIVATE KEY” button.

4. Enter your ProtonMail account password and click on “SUBMIT”.

5. In the next popup window, you will be asked to set a password to encrypt your private key before exporting. You will need to use this password to access your private key on your device. Once you have created a password, click on “EXPORT”.

6. Select a location on your device to download your public key and click on “Save”.

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