Questions tagged [device-administrator]

the device-administrator role gives an app elevated priviliges. Use this tag only if your question is about this role.

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How do I avoid the server-specified security policies for my work e-mail?

When I signed into my e-mail for work (we're on Microsoft Exchange) there were a number of server-specified security policies (See below) How do I avoid these?: I just received a Nexus 7 and signed ...
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How can I override the Device Administrator security policy so that I can disable the lock screen?

On Android 2.2 Froyo, I added my Corporate Exchange Email account to the phone, however, the security policy set by the "Device Administrator" requires that I enter a 4-digit PIN at the lock screen ...
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Remotely brick a stolen phone

If my phone is lost or stolen, can I remotely and permanently brick my phone. This way, not only is my data secure, but the resale value of the phone plummets to zero. Tangential question: can apps ...
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Activate Device Administrator via ADB

Is it possible to activate Device Administrator via ADB command instead of tapping "Setting -> Security -> Device Administrators --> Select App --> Activate" on handheld? If it's possible, how?
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Do device administrators have access to other user accounts?

I have installed an Enterprise App Store application, provided by my employer. The app says that I need to make it a device administrator in order to use it, but I do not want to give it admin access ...
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Locking down an Android device?

I'm interested in locking down an Android, so the user can only access a particular app (bonus points: only allow them to access the browser app, and only allow one website from within that). How ...
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Which program allows remote management of Android devices? [closed]

I have 50 Android tablets. I want to be able to control from a central place the following things on the devices: General settings like date-time, unlock method, display sleep time etc; Chrome ...
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Apps not appearing in Device Administrators

I'm running Nougat 7.1 on device and I've came across a strange issue. Newly installed applications are not listed in the device administrators page in security. The list just doesn't show newly ...
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Does Android support the single-user mode runlevel?

Since Android is powered by a Linux kernel it should support booting in single-user mode. Which version of Android supports single-user mode and how is one able to start an Android device in this ...
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ADB shell-ing to wifi connected device when usb device present

I have two devices connected to my workstation simultaneously, one by usb, the other over wifi. C:\>adb devices List of devices attached Cxxxxxxxxxx2 device 192.168.60.69:5555 ...
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Device admin policy and multiple users

If I add my work Exchange email account to my Android 4.4 tablet, it sets the device-administrator "erase all data" permission. Does that apply to all users on the device, or just to that one user? I....
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Is it possible to allow user only installation of certain apps?

Is it possible in Android to prevent users from installing any app that is not explicitly listed on a firm based whitelist?
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Cancel Exchange device administrator activation?

I was trying to add my Exchange account to my phone to confirm for a coworker that logging into the server was possible. I don't want to relinquish the device administrator controls as it's my ...
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How do I remove corporate administrator settings?

I have an HTC Desire C, just a couple of weeks old. I also have a new job and decided to add my work email account via Exchange activeSync, however once it became apparent that I was giving up rights ...
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Get root access without going through replacing things?

I'm totally new to rooting and I would like to simply have root access to my phone. I don't want to do any customization whatsoever to the insides of it. Is this doable? I mean like, in terms of a PC, ...
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Prevent device administrators from being installed

My company has some Android devices that are available for our customers to use. Customers have nearly full access to the devices, and unfortunately a customer recently installed Android Device ...
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Can an Android device be locked down by an administrator?

I would like to know if it is possible to use android devices in a work environment with restrictions on the phones usage. These phones would be given to members in the field to log data, and only ...
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What does it mean if a “device administrator” can “change the screen lock”?

If a corporate policy requires a mobile device management app (like Microsoft Intune), what does it mean in Settings-> Security-> Device Administrators when "Change the screen lock" is listed? Is ...
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Bypass Swipe to unlock in Android 5.0.2

I have upgraded my Sony Xperia Z1 from Android 4.4.4 to Android 5.0.2 and now, when the screen is locked, I first have to swipe before I can enter the pattern. When I go to Settings -> Screen Lock, ...
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After Uninstall, Android Device Manager still shows in Device Administrator List

I enabled Android Device Manager a while ago, and then realized it wasn't useful for me so uninstalled it. I just now noticed that it still is listed in my Device Administrators list despite not ...
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I cannot remove Administrator Rights from any app

I gave admin rights to two apps I have on my Motorola Moto G5 Plus (Android 7.0): Find My Device; Greenify Automator. The first one I mean to keep it as admin, but I would like to remove Greenify. ...
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How to disable device administrator that stops Settings app?

I try to disable two apps: Tasker and Applock, from device administrators, but when I tap to uncheck it, the Settings app stops. Other device admins like Cerberus can be enabled/disabled. I sent an ...
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How can I delete AVG Antivirus on my Xperia Z1?

I have installed AVG Antivirus Free Edition, but when I go to setting to delete it I can't do it, neither the data, only I can delete the cache. If I go to google play and to AVG Free edition there ...
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How can I uninstall updates to Google Play Services? The buttons are greyed out

I'm trying to uninstall updates to the Google Play Services app but the Force Stop and Uninstall updates buttons are greyed out. "Android Device Manager" was set as a device administrator but I've ...
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Stuck with draconian security restrictions after adding and removing corporate e-mail account

After adding a corporate e-mail account to my phone, my device asked to encrypt itself as well as the attached SD card, and change the lock to password. I immediately removed the account, but the ...
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How can I uninstall Lock Screen Widget from my Nexus One?

I am trying to Lock Screen Widget, But I am getting the following error from 'adb logcat' as I uninstall it. W/PackageManager( 96): Not removing package com.droidmania.lockscreenwidget: has ...
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Can't activate nor deactivate any administrator permissions outside of safe mode

I just upgraded my Nexus 5 from 4.4.4 all the way to 6.0.1 and ran into a problem: I can't change any administrator settings outside of safe mode. I wanted to activate it for a screen lock app but the ...
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Android Intent problems

So a few days ago I build an update for my custom android car tablet with my own launcher (based on nexus 7 2013). I added a few new features and some fixes, and I added accidentally the device admin ...
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Android 2.2 : How add device admin

I can't figure out how to add / remove device admins from my HTC Desire running Android 2.2 Where in the settings screen is this feature located ? Any help would be highly appreciated.
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How to uninstall Button Savior (non root) from Samsung Galaxy Note 4

I asked this question here and somebody suggested to me that I should asked here. A friend of mine installed an app called Button Savior (non root) from google play and then decided to uninstall it ...
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My screen lock is set to “PIN”, and I can't change it to “Swipe”. Why not?

I have tried to do the fix as suggested on here however my swipe option states it was disabled by administrator or something like that. Not sure how I even set a PIN in the first place. How do I ...
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Unable to activate Tasker as Device Administrator

I'm using a rooted Note 2 GT-N7100 running DR.Ketan Custom ROM v14. After flashing this ROM today, I'm unable to use Tasker as a Device Administrator. The check box does not get checked when I click ...
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How to enable device administrator for exchange after user has declined

it appears that a user has declined the device administrator prompt for an exchange email account on samsung galaxy. It doesnt prompt anymore just displays a message about requiring a device ...
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How to remove an app that is a persistent device administrator

I received a Samsung GS5 as part of a program from Samsung in exchange for their recording device statistics through an app I installed. The program is over, and I have been notified that the app can ...
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How can I uninstall a device admin if the Deactivate button doesn't work?

I am trying to uninstall CM Security. It's a device admin, so I go to Settings, Security, then Device Administrators, and try to uncheck the box next to CM Security, then a screen comes up listing the ...
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How to uninstall a device administrator app that wont deactivate?

My cousin decided to download an app on my phone as a joke. I tried to uninstall it but it just won't uninstall. It's an administrator app, I tried to deactivate it but it won't deactivate. Whenever I ...
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How uninstall SAP Afaria from Android device?

I am testing the SAP Afaria in my tablet and I am no longer want use. I try uninstall the app but its locked for uninstall. In the administrator page from SAP, I didn't find how remove the enrollment.
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How to see the device list of a given Google account

I have many test Android devices and added my Google account to those device to reuse my application collection. Recently I often recieve payment notification via gmail for application which I really ...
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“Device Admin” apps are asking for permission to erase my data after failed login attempts! How can I confirm?

I was about to install the Outlook app on my phone, when it asked me to activate it as a device admin. (See image below): I'm sure few people read the whole warning. One part greatly concerned me: ...
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Any way to reboot device programmatically without root?

I don't switch off mobile phone at night. After several weeks of uptime my mobile phone becomes slow. When I reboot it everything is smooth again. It's not possible to root my android 5 phone, there ...
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How to enable device administrator for specific apps using Tasker?

I would like to make a profile in Tasker to enable device administrator privilegies to "Android Device Manager" when a text message is received. This way I could keep Device Manager disabled, while I ...
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Google Nexus 7: I can't manage my device administrators

Can someone please help me? I've installed the McAfee protection on my tablet and later changed it to Kaspersky. When trying to deactivate McAfee as device administrator it didn't work. Therefore now ...
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“Phone may be monitored”

I'm seeing this message is because I installed a device owner, right? (Note that I'm talking about a "device owner" in the sense of a special device administrator app, not the first user in a multi-...
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How can I use (parts of) a managed account without submitting my device to the Device Policy?

My kid's school uses Chromebooks with Google Apps. All the kids in school have an account which they can use both in and out of school (Gmail, Drive, Calendar, Hangouts, and so on). I wanted to let ...
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Granting device admin previlage to email account

I am connecting my gmail app(or any e mail application) to my office e mail using exchange. It asks me to add the mail app as a Device administrator for my phone. So that it can Erase all data,Set ...
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Are device administrator permissions a security risk?

I would like to use t-igra's SwipeLock+ app, but it requires device administrator permissions. Google Play Store lists the following permissions: receive data from Internet view network connections ...
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Removing an app protected from uninstall by password and with System Owner permissions?

I want to ask, if there is a way to remove an app that is protected from uninstall by password and has Device-administrator permissions granted? I am using an LG L90 phone with android 5.0.1 L (NOT ...
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How to get access to administrative accounts on Android?

Please forgive the basic nature of this question. Android is based on Linux, and Linux is a multi-user OS. As I understand it, every version or distribution of Linux must have at least one admin ...
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Detect blacklisted phone's presence

Okay, so basically i need a way to alert me if someone unwanted is around me. I mean I'd have a list of whitelisted people (devices). If anyone except these are found around i want the app to alert me....
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App Installation “blocked by your IT admin”? (Galaxy Note 8)

I use YMusic to listen to music/audio books, which is an outsider app from xda-developers. When I tried to install an update, I got the message below, as if YouTube is preventing me from installing ...