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Disable or Hide Android Bottom Bar on Samsung Galaxy Tablets

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Last Updated: August 2021

No lockdown of an Android device is complete without disabling or hiding the Bottom Bar. The bottom bar of the device screen gives the user easy access to Recent Applications and sometimes to Device Settings, hence allowing the end-user to tamper with the system settings.

With SureLock, effective disabling or hiding of Bottom Bar on Samsung device running on Android OS Jellybean or above can be achieved.

1. Disable Bottom Bar

Disable Bottom Bar features works on Android devices with Samsung KNOX permissions/signed and non-signed devices running on OS Kitkat and below. This feature will hide or disable Recent apps key on the device.

To disable Bottom Bar on the device, all you have to do is to install SureLock and follow the below steps:

  • Access SureLock Settings by tapping 5 times anywhere on the SureLock Home Screen within seconds.
  • On the SureLock Admin Settings screen, tap SureLock Settings.
  • On the SureLock Settings screen, you will find Disable Bottom Bar.
  • Tap Disable Bottom Bar which will disable all the shortcuts in the bottom bar of the device.
  • Tap Done to complete.

This will ensure that the Bottom Bar is disabled once the user goes back to SureLock Home Screen.

2. Hide Bottom Bar

Hide Bottom Bar feature works on devices with Samsung KNOX permissions or Signature permissions. This feature once enabled, will ask for reboot. Once the device is rebooted, it will completely hide the bottom bar on the device.

In order to hide the bottom Bar on the device, download and install SureLock and follow the below steps.

  • Access SureLock Settings by tapping times anywhere on the SureLock Home Screen within seconds.
  • On the SureLock Admin Settings screen, tap SureLock Settings.
  • In the SureLock Settings screen, tap Hide Bottom Bar to completely hide the bottom bar.
    Note: Ensure the Samsung KNOX Settings option is enabled under SureLock Admin Settings.
  • Tap Done to complete.

This will ensure that the bottom bar is hidden once the user goes back to the SureLock Home screen.

There are also options available to ensure end user does not have access to bottom bar on devices with signature permissions. The options are discussed below.

3. Advance Hide Bottom Bar

Advance Hide Bottom Bar feature works on devices with signature permissions. Unlike Hide Bottom Bar, this feature once enabled, will not ask for reboot and will completely hide the bottom bar on the device when this option is checked.

In order to use the Advance Hide Bottom Bar feature on the device, download and install SureLock and follow the below steps.

  • Access SureLock Settings by tapping times anywhere on the SureLock Home Screen within seconds.
  • On the SureLock Admin Settings screen, tap SureLock Settings.
  • In the SureLock Settings screen, navigate to Miscellaneous Settings.
  • Check Use Advance Hide Bottom Bar option to enable it.

    Once done, the bottom bar on the device will be hidden.

4. Disable Soft Navigation Keys

Disable Soft Navigation keys option helps admin disable soft keys on the device. This includes, home, back and recent apps button. This feature works on devices with signature permissions only.

In order to test the Disable Soft navigation Keys on the device, download and install SureLock and follow the below steps.

  • Access SureLock Settings by tapping times anywhere on the SureLock Home Screen within seconds.
  • On the SureLock Admin Settings screen, tap SureLock Settings.
  • In the SureLock Settings screen, tap on Disable Soft Navigation Keys and select the soft navigation key (Home, Back or Recent apps) to be disabled on the device.

Once done, navigate back to SureLock HomeScreen and you will notice that the disabled navigation key would be hidden.

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