Thee is a serious security flaw going on with Samsung devices at this very own moment. Popular Samsung devices like the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S5 and S4 are vulnerable to a security flaw which has to do with the keyboard app.
For many years Samsung has partnered with Swiftkey to bring the ultimate typing experience with unparalleled next word prediction. Some security researchers announced that in certain cases, hackers can get access to your phone, installing unwanted software and stealing data.
This only happens with the stock Samsung keyboard and many devices have been affected, including the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4. The Swiftkey app from the Play Store is not affected since it is an issue related to Samsung. The problem is that even if you use another third-party keyboard app instead of the stock Samsung one, your phone is still vulnerable.
Samsung has said that a patch will be applied soon on all affected devices but no one knows how long it is going to take. Luckily, there is a solution to fix the Samsung Galaxy S6 Swiftkey keyboard security issue and prevent your data from being stolen.
Because using another keyboard app doesn’t do the trick, you will need to completely uninstall the Samsung keyboard app. This ensures that your phone is safe and there is no way for others to compromise your phone, since the flawed keyboard is completely gone.
How To Fix Samsung Galaxy S6 Swiftkey Keyboard Security Flaw
The stock Samsung keyboard is a system application, so you cannot uninstall it as easily as apps downloaded from the Play Store. You need root access and a special app like Titanium Backup to delete the keyboard.
Note: Make sure to install a third-party keyboard from the Play Store before following the guide below.
- Firs thing you need to do is to verify root access. Without root this method will not work.
- Go to the app drawer and launch Titanium Backup, the best app for saving data and deleting system applications.
- If it is the first time opening Titanium Backup, the app will ask for root permissions. Grant them.
- Go to Backup/Restore. You will find all applications installed on your phone.
- Scroll down until you find Samsung Keyboard 4.0.
- Tap on it and click on uninstall.
- Reboot your phone.
The stock Samsung keyboard on your phone will be deleted and you will be safe from the keyboard security flaw.