What is the backwards compatible key?

It is a commercial key that you need to use in conjunction with the Knox Platform for Enterprise (KPE) key on devices running Knox v2.7.1 or earlier. You can generate a single backwards compatibility key to use with multiple KPE keys.

If you want to use the KPE key, you need to do two things:

  • Activate the KPE key by calling the API method KnoxEnterpriseLicenseManager.activateLicense. This asks for permission to use API methods from select SDKs.
  • Activate the backwards compatible key by calling the API method EnterpriseLicenseManager.activateLicense. This sends the request to a Samsung License Server. The backwards compatible key itself has no permissions.

The order in which you activate the KPE key and backwards compatible key does not matter.