How to hide the notification bar on Android devices?

Description

Organizations that use devices for point-of-sale (POS) need to ensure the devices are locked down to avoid misuse of the device. The devices can be locked down to ensure apps such as phone, browser and settings are inaccessible. Locking down devices can be achieved by configuring Kiosk Mode on devices but even after restricting access to the Settings apps, some of the basic settings can be accessed from the notification bar on the device. Pulling down on the notification bar reveals certain most commonly used settings such as Wi-Fi, Location Services, brightness etc.

Mobile Device Manager Plus allows admins to completely disable notification bar on devices to prevent unauthorised access to notifications and settings.

Steps

Add device to Kiosk Mode

Mobile Device Manager Plus allows admins to lock down the device into Kiosk Mode. Kiosk Mode allows the device to run specific apps on the devices while restricting access to other apps and device functionalities. Follow the steps given below to enable Android Kiosk Mode.

  • On the MDM console, create an Android profile by navigating to Device Mgmt -> Profiles -> New Profile -> Android.
  • Specify a name and description before creating the profile.
  • From the left pane, select Kiosk for creating a Kiosk Mode profile
  • Select Single App if you want to run only one app on the device and Multi-app for running multiple apps on the devices
  • Enter the name of the app(s) that need to be provisioned in Kiosk.

Hide notification bar

  • After selecting the app(s) for Kiosk Mode, navigate to Device Restrictions.
  • Restrict the Status Bar option to disable the notification bar on the device. By default the Status Bar expansion option is restricted.
  • You can also optionally disable the Task Bar to prevent users from accessing the default launcher or exiting Kiosk.
  • Click on Save to save the profile. Distribute the profile to Groups or devices based on your requirements

This is how the device in Kiosk Mode looks once the notification bar is disabled.

 

Kiosk_device_without_status_bar

 

In addition to disabling the notification bar, Mobile Device Manager Plus provides a fully customizable Kiosk Mode with various settings. Refer this document for more details on how to configure Kiosk Mode on devices.