Locking Android devices for business use is one of the key contributors to device efficiency as well as to employee productivity by disabling the power button on android devices. Companies can setup company-owned Android devices for use at work to restrict employees’ access to business-specific apps, and kiosks can also be lockdown to single app mode.
While the security policies make it imperative for the end-users to use the devices in a controlled environment, there’s always a possibility of end-users breaking the lockdown by using a combination of hardware keys like power and volume buttons. Therefore, the end-user may change the device settings, take screenshots of the device screen, reboot the device, or exit the device management.
To prevent misuse of locked devices and digital signage, it is important to apply policies that will make it impossible for end-users to exit device management.
Physical Keys or Hardware Buttons on Lockdown Android Devices Can Be Misused
Certain combinations of hardware buttons can aid in removing any kind of restrictions applied by the mobile device management software for Android.
If an Android device is configured as digital signage or unattended kiosks, the device display will be turned off if the power button is accidentally pressed, directly disrupting the functioning of that device and its purpose. Such practices can jeopardize the device and data security.
Disable Power Button on Android Devices With Scalefusion MDM
With Scalefusion, disabling the power button on Android tablets and phones is easy. IT can mitigate potential threats to device security by disabling the power button on Android phones managed with Scalefusion.
Disable Physical Keys or Hardware Buttons on Android Devices: A Step-By-Step Guide
Sign up for Scalefusion and enroll your Android devices to start setting them up for business purposes with Scalefusion Get Started Wizard.
Navigate to the “Device Profiles & Policies” section on the Scalefusion dashboard and create a new profile or edit an existing one.
Scalefusion Dashboard > Device Profiles & Policies > Device Profiles > Create New Profile/Edit Device Profile
Navigate to the Restrictions section. And select the General Settings option.
To disable power off button on Android devices, toggle the button available under Disable Power Menu section.
Restrictions > General Settings > Disable Power Menu
Disabling the Power Menu will hide the power-off menu when a user presses the power button on Android devices. Although the power-off feature does not disable entirely, the user will no longer get a message on the display to power off the device.
Disable Power Button on Samsung Knox Devices, LG Gate or Sony Enterprise SDK
From the “Restrictions” section, navigate to the “Secure Settings” to disable power buttons on Android devices enabled by Samsung KNOX, LG Gate, or Sony Enterprise SDK.
Click on the “Secure Settings” and toggle the “Override Global Security Settings” to gain access to the device’s security settings.
Toggle the button to disable the user from accessing the power-off button. Click on “Update Profile” to continue.
In just 3 steps, you can disable power and other hardware buttons on Samsung Knox using Scalefusion.
With Scalefusion, gaining granular control over device hardware and software becomes quick and easy. Use Scalefusion MDM to disable the power button on Android phones and tablets deployed in an enterprise environment.