How to Disable Hardware Buttons on Android Devices

Locking down business-owned mobile devices to only intended use is the simplest form of security. This lockdown could be locking down applications or device functionality, but no first line of defense is strong unless the physical keys on the device is disabled.

There are multiple ways hardware or physical keys on an Android device can be misused against the intended use. It could be launching unwanted apps, taking screenshots and even recording videos. For businesses who rely on mobile-equipped workforce who provide access to confidential data on the go, it is of utmost importance that the available set of device’s hardware keys are disabled to avoid possible security breaches, data thefts and productivity issues.

SureLock and SureFox apart from their primary function to allow functioning of only ‘approved’ apps and websites respectively, also offers comprehensive lockdown by allowing businesses to disable the hardware or physical keys on an Android device.

Note: Complete lockdown of hardware keys is available only on Samsung KNOX and few of the platform signed devices. For other Android devices, the feature to suppress Power Button is available. Please reach out to us at techsupport@42gears.com or use live chat on 42Gears website  for any clarity.

 

Disable physical keys or hardware buttons on Samsung KNOX devices

To disable physical keys or hardware buttons on Samsung KNOX devices using SureLock, download SureLock for Android and follow below mentioned steps:

1. Access SureLock Settings by tapping on SureLock Home Screen 5 times and using the secret passcode

Disable Hardware Buttons or Keys on Android devices - Access SureLock Settings

2. On SureLock Settings screen, tap on Samsung KNOX Settings

Disable Hardware Buttons or Keys on Android devices - Samsung KNOX Settings

3. On Samsung KNOX Settings screen, tap and enable Enable Samsung KNOX

Disable Hardware Buttons or Keys on Android devices - Enable Samsung KNOX

4. Next, click on Disable Hardware Keys

Disable Hardware Buttons or Keys on Android devices - Disable Hardware Keys feature

5. On Disable Hardware Keys prompt, select the desired keys and click on OK

Disable Hardware Buttons or Keys on Android devices - Select hardware keys to disable

 

To disable physical keys or hardware buttons on Samsung KNOX devices using SureFox, download SureFox for Android and follow below mentioned steps:

1. Access SureFox Settings by tapping on SureFox Home Screen 5 times and using the secret passcode

Disable Hardware Buttons or Keys on Android devices - SureFox Login

2. Tap on Samsung KNOX Settings

Disable Hardware Buttons or Keys on Android devices - SureFox Pro Settings

3. On Samsung KNOX Settings screen, tap and enable Enable Samsung KNOX

Disable Hardware Buttons or Keys on Android devices - SureFox Enable Samsung KNOX

4. Next, click on Disable Hardware Keys

Disable Hardware Buttons or Keys on Android devices - SureFox Disable Hardware Keys

5. On Disable Hardware Keys prompt, select the desired keys and click on OK

Disable Hardware Buttons or Keys on Android devices - SureFox Disable Hardware Keys

 

Suppress Power Button on Android devices

To suppress Power Button on Android devices using SureLock, download SureLock for Android and follow below mentioned steps:

1. Access SureLock Settings by tapping on SureLock Home Screen 5 times and using the secret passcode

Disable Hardware Buttons Android devices - SureLock Login

2. Tap on SureLock Settings

Disable Hardware Buttons Android devices - SureLock Settings

3. On SureLock Settings screen, tap on Suppress Power Button/Keyboard

Disable Hardware Buttons Android devices - Suppress Power Button

4. Tap on Done to complete

To suppress Power Button on Android devices using SureFox, download SureFox for Android and follow below mentioned steps:

1. Access SureFox Settings by tapping on SureFox Home Screen 5 times and using the secret passcode

Disable Hardware Buttons Android devices - SureFox Login

2. Tap on SureFox Pro Settings

Disable Hardware Buttons Android devices - SureFox Pro Settings

3. On SureFox Pro Settings screen, tap on Suppress Power Button/Keyboard

Disable Hardware Buttons Android devices - Suppress Power Buttons

4. Tap on Done to complete

Locking mobile device and its hardware keys does offers a comprehensive lockdown but it can be further strengthened with use of mobile device management measures like real-time monitoring and remote management. SureLock and SureFox seamlessly integrates well with SureMDM, mobile device management solution from 42Gears to create a robust EMM environment for your dynamic mobility business needs.

 

 

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