How to Disable Power Button on Android Devices Using Scalefusion

  • August 14, 2019

Follow this tutorial to learn how to Disable power button on your Android devices using Scalefusion.

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.

How to Disable Power Button on Android Devices
3 Simple Steps to Disable Power Button on Android Devices

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 and 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.

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Locked-down devices are susceptible to misuse with hardware keys

Certain combinations of hardware buttons can aid in removing any kind of restrictions applied by the mobile device management software provider.

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 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.

A step-by-step guide to disable power button on Android devices using Scalefusion

Step 1:

Sign up for Scalefusion and enroll your Android devices to start setting them up for business purposes with Scalefusion Get Started Wizard.

Scalefusion Get Started Wizard to disable power button on Android
Scalefusion Get Started Wizard – Click on the Configure button and start setting up Scalefusion to manage your devices.

Step 2:

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

Device Profiles to disable power button on Android devices
Device Profiles to view and manage all your Device Profiles in this page

Step 3:

Navigate to the Restrictions section. And select the General Settings option.

Create New Profile/Edit Device Profile > Restrictions > General Settings

Restrictions Section to disable power off button on Android devices
Device profile restrictions section

Step 4:

To disable power off button on Android devices, toggle the button available under Disable Power Menu section.

Restrictions > General Settings > Disable Power Menu

General settings to disable power off button on Android devices
General settings to disable power off button on Android devices

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, LG Gate or Sony Enterprise SDK

Step 1:

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.

Secure settings to disable power off button on Android devices
Secure settings to override global/device secure setting

Step 2:

Click on the “Secure Settings” and toggle the “Override Global Security Settings” to gain access to the device’s security settings.

Secure settings options to disable power button on Samsung, LG or Sony
Secure settings options to manage settings on Android devices

Step 3:

Toggle the button to disable the user from accessing the power-off button. Click on “Update Profile” to continue.

Secure setting options to disable power button on Samsung, LG or Sony
Secure settings options to manage settings on Android devices
Secure setting option to disallow user to power off Android device
Secure setting option to disallow the user to power off Android device

In just 3 steps, you can disable power button on Samsung Knox devices using Scalefusion MDM

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.

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Renuka Shahane is a Sr. Content Writer at Scalefusion. An engineering graduate, an Apple junkie and an avid reader, she has a 5+ years of experience in content creation, content strategy and PR for technology and web based startups.
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