What happens to existing Knox 2.x Workspace?

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Knox Workspace Corporate Liable (CL/B2B) and Container Only Mode (COM) modes will continue to work in Knox 3.0 so enterprises can create new CL/B2B and COM containers in Knox 3.0. Additionally, existing Knox Workspace CL/B2B and COM containers will continue to function after upgrading from Knox 2.X to Knox 3.0. However, Knox CL/B2B and COM modes will eventually be deprecated in the future.

The following are key changes to existing Workspace CL/B2B and COM modes.

Note – Knox Workspace BYOD mode automatically converts to a managed profile upon upgrade to 3.0.

Workspace icons and app badges

The following screenshots show the original Knox 2.X icon on the home screen and the apps with the original badges inside the Samsung Knox container.


The following screenshots show the Knox 3.0 workspace icon on the home screen with the new icon and the app icons with the new badge inside the unified workspace.


Note – The container name changes from Knox to Workspace after updating to Knox 3.0.

User ID

All new Knox Workspace user IDs start from user 10 in Knox 3.0. Existing Workspace users will continue to increment from user 100. Please review and remove any hardcoded values for user ID. User IDs are not static and should not be hardcoded.

Enforcing a password requirement

The Knox framework will not enforce a password requirement by default for new Workspaces created under Knox 3.0. You can call methods in the KnoxConfigurationType class to enforce password requirements during Workspace creation.

Password requirements can also be enforced after Workspace creation through the Knox PasswordPolicy class methods. - enforcePwdChange()

Biometric authentication

Management of biometric authentication (Fingerprint and IRIS) is performed separately from the management of new or existing Workspaces. Device users can register biometrics separately for a Workspace and can manage (add/remove/update) Workspace-specific biometric data through the Workspace settings.

Note: Device users who have previously registered biometric data on a device are asked to register biometrics for the Workspace after they migrate to Knox 3.0. However, the device user can postpone the biometric registration.

Quick Access

The Quick Access feature is no longer supported under Knox 3.0. Workspace no longer remains unlocked when a Samsung Gear device is in Bluetooth range. Workspace settings no longer show an option to turn on Quick Access.

Note: Users can take advantage of Smart Lock as an alternative to Quick Access. See the following for details on Smart Lock.