How to Disable Hardware Buttons on Android Devices Using Hexnode MDM

In addition to locking down devices in kiosk mode, Hexnode MDM allows you to disable hardware buttons to prevent users from using hardware keys to break out of lock down mode.

Hardware buttons on Android Devices
Take a quick look at the following table to understand the hardware restrictions available in Android Kiosk Mode.

Disabling Home and Power Buttons

Note:This feature is applicable only to Samsung SAFE devices.

  1. Navigate to Policies > New Policy > Android Settings > Restrictions.Click on Configure.
    Policy Name– Enter a suitable name for your policy.
    Description-Provide a brief description for your policy.
  2. Enable Home Button-Uncheck this option to restrict users from using the Home Button.
  3. Disable Hardware Buttons on Android Devices using Hexnode MDM

  4. Allow Power Off-Uncheck this option to restrict users from turning their devices off.
  5. Disable Hardware Buttons on Android Devices using Hexnode MDM

  6. Navigate to Android Settings > Kiosk Settings.
  7. Select Single App Mode if you want to lock down your devices into a Single App or Multi App Mode if you wish to restrict your devices into selective applications. Click on Configure.
  8. Navigate to Policy Targets and click on the +Add Devices button to add the devices you wish to associate the policy to. Click on Save.

Disabling Volume Indicator and Power Buttons

  1. Navigate to Policies > New Policy > Android Settings > Restrictions.Click on Configure.
    Policy Name– Enter a suitable name for your policy.
    Description-Provide a brief description for your policy.
  2. Navigate to Android Settings > Kiosk Settings.
  3. Select Single App Mode if you want to lock down your devices into a Single App or Multi App Mode if you wish to restrict your devices into selective applications. Click on Configure.
  4. Navigate to Peripheral Settings.
  5. Disable Volume Indicator –Enable this option to disable users from using the volume indicator button.
  6. Disable Hardware Buttons on Android Devices using Hexnode MDM

  7. Allow Power Off –Uncheck this option to disable users from switching their devices off.
  8. Navigate to Policy Targets and click on the +Add Devices button to add the devices you wish to associate the policy to. Click on Save.
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