Android smartphones and tablets provide portable, convenient and powerful platform for businesses. Android 3.0, Honeycomb, onwards, Google introduced a bottom bar in Android UI with few buttons on it. This bar helps users multitask and navigate through device application and settings. Different device manufacturers like Samsung, Asus have extended this bottom bar with even more options like Mini Apps Tray.
While bottom bar is great tool for consumers giving them quick navigation pathways through their Android device, it doesn’t fit well for lots of enterprise use cases. For scenarios like public kiosk, digital signage, where device is intended to be used for a dedicated purpose, running a particular application all the time, bottom bar gives access to prohibited sections of Android. This can lead to non-functional deployment and device misuse.
The easiest way to prevent this is to completely hide the Bottom Bar on the device. SureLock Kiosk Lockdown can completely hide Android bottom bar on Samsung and few other partner manufacturer’s devices. For list of such manufacturers and our technology partners, please refer this. For other manufacturer’s, SureLock can completely hide the bottom bar if device is rooted.
Hidden Bottom Bar option not only hides the bottom bar but also allows your applications to make full use of available screen space.
Here are the steps to hide your Android device’s Bottom Bar:
- Download and install SureLock from here.
- Launch SureLock and enter its Admin Settings by tapping on the screen 5 times and entering the password (default password is 0000).
- For Samsung devices, go to SureLock Settings->Samsung KNOX Settings->Hide Bottom Bar and check this option (make sure Enable KNOX is checked).
For rooted devices, go to SureLock Settings->Hide Bottom Bar and check this option (make sure SureLock is granted Super User access).
- Tap on Done to complete.
Now, the bottom bar will be hidden and all the applications will run in full-screen mode including SureLock.
Note For Rooted Devices – Switch to SuperSU in case you are using some other Super User client for managing super user permissions. Superuser permissions are required by SureLock. A prompt will appear if SureLock doesn’t have Superuser permissions already.
Note For Samsung Devices – Please refer this, for other advanced lock down features available in SureLock for Samsung devices.