Knox on your Samsung smartphone Many of you may not know the reason you have Samsung Knox is a security system that was included in the official update to Android 4.3 on Samsung devices.
It’s an opt-in affair these days and is disabled by default on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, but some older devices still have Knox installed and activated. Here’s how to uninstall Knox from Galaxy devices.
What Exactly Is Knox?
Samsung launched Knox in September 2013. The purpose of this security system was to bring full protection for devices and make it easier to use devices for both works and play in Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) environments. BYOD provides the tools necessary to eliminate the risks of confidential data leaks and combat espionage. Initially, it was launched with the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition but was later incorporated into other Samsung devices with the update to Android 4.3.
How Knox Affect Your Phone System
Applications that run outside of the realm of Knox have limited access to stored data. While many people wouldn’t bat an eyelid at this information, a number of developers would, including the likes of Chainfire, which created the popular TriangleAway app, designed for resetting the flash counter to zero on your device, and SuperSU.
The problem is that the Knox security system prevents access to multiple applications when your root your device, and can cause problems with your warranty because modifications to your phone will trip the flash counter (and prevent it from being reset).
The reason this is controversial is because Knox works with an eFUSE (autoconfiguration technology), used to keep track when a device has been altered. This means that Samsung can use Knox data to reject requests for user support during the warranty period because it would deem that the device had been damaged by the user.
How To Disable Knox
- Find the Knox app, launch it and tap on Settings.
- Choose Knox Settings.
- Select Uninstall Knox.
- When uninstalling Knox, you will be asked if you want to back up your Knox data. If you say yes, it will be saved in your device’s Knox folder during the uninstall process. To back up this data, select Backup Now, and then OK.
Note: Personal data, such as photos, music files, contacts and calendar events are copied during de-installation. However, email and application data are not.
- Enter your Knox password and hit Continue.
- Choose Next. Your data will be saved before the uninstallation process is complete.
- Select OK to uninstall Knox.
- Tap on Menu > My Files > All > Knox. There will be a zip file with all your personal content from Knox. If you have a microSD card, select All > Storage Device > Knox instead.
- If the option provided by Samsung doesn’t leave you convinced, you can perform the following steps (which require root access):
- Install Root Explorer.
- Run Root Explorer and in the magnifying glass search function, type Knox.
- Select all files with the name Knox.
- Remove them and reboot your Samsung device.
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