Enable or disable device administrators on Samsung phone

Sometimes when you install certain apps on the Android phone, you may be prompted to allow it device administration privileges. It is usually used to offer support for enterprise applications. They can be corporate emails, security apps and so on. For example, you can follow these steps to lock Samsung phone apps using a security app. Some advanced features with this privacy data and app locker requires administrator permissions. However you should only provide the Device Administration privileges to apps you trust. As the device administrators might control you device and cause security issue. A device administrator on Android device might be able to set the number of failed password attempts before the device is restored to factory settings; automatically lock the device, restore your device to factory settings and so on. In this article we will share with you the quick steps to view, enable or disable device administrators on Samsung Android mobile phones.

Note that Settings layouts and option titles may slightly differ between Samsung models.

How to enable or disable device administrators on Samsung Galaxy S7, S6?

If you are using the recent Samsung Galaxy models, such as Galaxy S6, S7, you can manage your device administrators and application installation privileges from Home screen >> Apps >> Settings >> Lock screen and security > > Other security settings >> Device administrators.

samsung galaxy s7 security settings device administrators

How to enable or disable device administrators on more Samsung phones?

If you use an earlier phone model, you can follow these steps. Unlock your Samsung Galaxy phone. From the Home screen, tap the Apps icon at the bottom right corner. Then find and open Settings, tap Security, choose Device administrators, you will see a list of installed apps on the phone with the request for device administration privileges. Check the box for the app to enable it as device administrator on Samsung phone or uncheck the box for an app to disable or turn off device administrator.
samsung phone settings security device administrators

3 thoughts on “Enable or disable device administrators on Samsung phone”

  1. My samsung phone got lost model SM-G313H, I had activated Samsung as my device administrator, what can I do to find my phone and vital information in it?
    please help me.

    1. there are many different security apps you can set up as device manager to locate lost Android devices, remotely lock device, remotely wipe device and so on, notably the official one “Find My Device” app from Google or “Find My Mobile” from Samsung, other than that you have other third-party options too.

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