Disable bottom bar in Android phones and tablets with SureLock, SureFox and SureVideo

Applies to:
Product       SureLock/SureFox/SureVideo
Platform     Android

Wondering how to disable that annoying system bottom bar present in Honeycomb (Android 3.0.x), IceCream Sandwich (4.0.x), Jellybean (4.1.x, 4.2.x), KitKat (4.4.x) and Lollipop (5.0.x) devices! Well, SureLock, SureFox and SureVideo come with option to disable the bottom bar in tablets running Android 3.0 or higher.

Disabling bottom bar can be quite helpful in scenarios where complete kiosk lockdown is required and end-users are to be restricted to use of only few allowed functions on the Android phones and tablets.

Once Disable Bottom Bar option in SureLock, SureFox and SureVideo is enabled, it disables all the functionalities present in bottom bar except Back and Home option.

Before & After Disabling Bottom Bar

Before & After Disabling Bottom Bar

Here’s how you can get away with bottom bar:

  • Launch SureLock/SureFox/SureVideo on your tablet and access Admin Settings using admin password
  • Go to SureLock/SureFox/SureVideo Settings
  • Enable Disable Bottom Bar option and click on Done. (There might be a prompt to set it as device administrator to enable this feature)
  • Once back to Home Screen, you will notice that all functions except Back and Home are disabled in bottom bar

Note: This feature’s behaviour may vary depending on the Android version of the device. Devices with Android Jellybean and KitKat, Disable Bottom Bar option will disable only Recent App button and on ICS devices, both Home and Recent App buttons are disabled. 

Disable Bottom Bar

Disable Bottom Bar

If you have rooted Android device, click here to know how to hide the bottom bar.

To learn more on how to secure and manage Android and Windows Mobile/CE devices efficiently, visit us at www.42gears.com.


  1. Chris Martin on December 3, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    I have just bought this for a project i am working on in work. But when i try and enable the ‘disable bottom bar’ function, all it does is hide the screenshot button. Everything else still works. Kind of defying the point of having bought the software. Is there anything i can do, except Root the device, that can make this work better?

    The app i’m using it with is not our own so can not change the coding.


    • bishal on December 4, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      Hi Chris, we have shared your details with the technical support team and they will reach out to you shortly. For an instant support, you can also chat with our tech support team using chat option available on ‘Contact’ page of our website.Thank you.

  2. Panshul on March 23, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Dear Ryan,

    Thanks for your comment.

    Actually if the user presses the Power button OFF and turns ON the tablet again, the lock screen will not come to the foreground, SureLock will remain on top. However, please note that if any application is running in SureLock, there are some specific changes required in the application to make it visible above lock screen. You will see this expected behaviour with our SureFox application when used in conjunction with SureLock.

    You too can make your application behave in the same way. The following code changes will be required to make your application visible above lock-screen:

    Following code needs to be inserted in the onCreate handler of all activities in the application.

    /* Code Starts */

    | WindowManager.LayoutParams.FLAG_DISMISS_KEYGUARD
    | WindowManager.LayoutParams.FLAG_FULLSCREEN);

    /* Code Ends */

  3. Ryan on March 23, 2012 at 7:02 am

    This is a great feature and I’m currently trialling it with my company. One issue though, it seems to require a device password to hide, so if I use it as a free kiosk device, if the user locks the screen via the power button, it requires the password, which isn’t ideal. I’d prefer that the screen doesn’t lock, or at least, doesn’t require a pin/password. Any way around this?

    Using a samsung galaxy tab 10.1 running 3.2

  4. Panshul on February 29, 2012 at 10:44 am

    @Alex: This should work for ICS as well. Can you give more details about your device and the issue you see?

  5. Alex on February 28, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    I do not seem to get this functioning on a ICS (4.0) device (trial program), is it only functioning correctly in honeycomb?

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