If you own a Samsung Galaxy smartphone or tablet, you might have seen a system app called SysScope running in the background with moderate battery usage.
Naturally, you’re concerned about this app on your device because you don’t know what it does and most importantly if it’s safe to keep it running.
In this article, I’ll explain what is this app, what is it used for, why does it keep stopping, and how to uninstall it.
What Does SysScope Mean and What Is It Used For?
SysScope or System Scoper is a preinstalled system app on Samsung devices that carefully scans your entire device to check for unauthorized changes or Mods made to the device’s Operating System and displays the status on the About Device screen. It is a “Root Detection Application” that examines your device’s state to check if it has been rooted or modified in any way.
The package name of the SysScope.apk file is com.sec.android.app.sysscope where the “sec” stands for Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
The SysScope app checks for authorized kernels and if the system is in Read-Write(RW) Mode. It displays the result of the check as “Normal” or “Modified.” If the device has been rooted then it displays “Modified” and if your device hasn’t been rooted then it displays “Normal.”
The result of the SysScope check is first sent to the Radio Interface Layer(RIL) in the form of an AT command which are instructions used to control a modem that is remotely queried by the user and then the result is displayed on the About Device screen.
Samsung allowed users to check the SysScope status on Samsung Galaxy S3 and previous models but they removed the ability to see this status on Samsung Galaxy S4 and newer models. So, it is not possible to see this status on modern Samsung Galaxy devices.
This app has no relation to the Samsung Smart Manager app. Some websites claim that it is used to optimize battery profiles but that’s wrong. The system app that optimizes battery profiles with the help of Samsung Smart Manager is the SCPM Client app.
Is SysScope Safe Or Is It a Virus?
SysScope is a built-in system application so it is totally safe and secure. Some people might think that it is a Virus or Spyware but that’s false. This app doesn’t cause any harm to your device and there’s no proof that it spies on user’s data or sells the users’ data to third parties.
SysScope is a safe and important application that checks if your device is rooted or not and displays this status. So, if someone tries to root your phone silently you can easily find out using this app.
A few users see the battery consumption by this app and think that it’s bloatware but it’s actually not. The battery is consumed only when the app scans your device and apart from that, the app doesn’t consume battery.
Unfortunately SysScope Has Stopped?
There are times when the SysScope app malfunctions and you get error messages like “SysScope has stopped” or “Unfortunately SysScope has stopped.“
These error messages are displayed when the cache files of the app become corrupted or overloaded. If you don’t clear the cache files for a long time they become corrupted and when the size of the cache files is so large that they cannot be saved in the cache file storage folder, the files become overloaded causing the app to crash and you get these error messages.
These errors could also occur you’re using custom firmware on your device or if your device is rooted improperly.
You can get rid of these error messages by clearing the app cache, force stopping the app, wiping the cache partition, and flashing the stock firmware. All of the methods are mentioned below in detail.
Clear SysScope App Cache and App Data
- Open the Settings app.
- Tap Apps.
- Tap the Ellipsis icon(three vertical dots) in the upper right corner.
- Tap Show System Apps.
- Find the SysScope app from the list and tap on it.
- Tap Storage.
- Tap the Clear Cache button.
- Tap the Clear Data button.
Force Stop the SysScope App
- Go to Settings.
- Tap on Apps.
- Tap on the Ellipsis icon(three vertical dots) in the upper right corner.
- Tap Show System Apps.
- Tap the SysScope app.
- Tap on the Force Stop button.
Wipe Cache Partition
- Turn off your Samsung Android device.
- Press and hold the Power button, Volume Up key and Volume Down key together to boot your device in Recovery Mode.
- Press the Volume Down key several times to navigate below till you find the “Wipe Cache Partition” option and then press the Power button to select it.
- Press Volume Down key to highlight “Yes” and press the Power button to select it.
- Wait for the process to complete. Once completed, the “Reboot System now” option will be highlighted and you have to press the Power button to reboot your device.
Flash Stock ROM(Firmware)
Flashing the Stock ROM(Firmware) can help you get rid of this error message. It is a complicated process so use it only if the other methods didn’t work for you.
First, you have to download the Stock Firmware files for your Samsung device and then you’ll need a flashing tool to flash the stock ROM. Samsung users can flash Stock ROM using the Samsung Odin flashing tool.
Disable SysScope App Using a Package Disabler App
Package Disabler apps can help you disable built-in system apps that cannot be disabled otherwise. I recommend using the Service Disabler package disabler app.
- Download and Install the Service Disabler app on your Samsung device.
- Tap on the Search button on the top bar and search for “SysScope“.
- Select the SysScope app and tap on the Disable button.
- Confirm your decision by selecting “OK” or “Yes”.
Can You Uninstall SysScope?
SysScope is safe to uninstall from your device and you can remove it using the Android Debug Bridge(ADB) software or the System App Remover application. The ADB uninstallation method doesn’t require rooting but the System App Remover uninstallation method requires rooting.
However, it is recommended that you don’t uninstall this app because if you remove this app, you won’t be able to figure out if your device is rooted or not by checking the About Device screen.
If you are not concerned about this fact then you can uninstall this app using the two methods mentioned below.
1. Uninstall SysScope using ADB
ADB allows you to bring up a Unix shell so you can issue commands directly on the Android device. You’ll need a Windows PC to use ADB.
Step 1 – Go to Settings > System > About phone.
Step 2 – Tap on the Build number 7 times to activate Developer Options.
Step 3 – Go back to the main Settings menu and tap on Developer Options to open it.
Step 4 – Enable USB debugging by tapping on it.
Step 5 – Download ADB on your PC.
Step 6 – Extract the ZIP file into a folder.
Step 7 – After extracting the ZIP file, open that folder.
Step 8 – Press and hold the shift button and right-click in a blank area.
Step 9 – Click on “Open Powershell window here.”
Step 10 – Enter the command adb devices
Step 11 – Connect your Android device to the PC using a USB data cable.
Step 12 – Type the command adb shell pm uninstall –user 0 com.sec.android.app.sysscope and press Enter to run this command. Wait for a few seconds and you’ll notice the app has been uninstalled from your device.
2. Uninstall SysScope Using System App Remover
Before using this method you need to gain root access to your device. If you don’t know how to root your Android device then check our Android Rooting guide. After gaining root access follow the steps below to uninstall this system app.
Step 1 – Download and install the System App Remover application.
Step 2 – Launch the System App Remover application, search for SysScope and select it by tapping on the checkbox next to it.
Step 3 – Tap on the Uninstall button to completely uninstall the app and delete its data.
What Permissions Does SysScope Require?
The SysScope app requires the following permissions to function on your device:
- Read and Edit SMS and MMS messages.
- Access your Location.
- Internet and Bluetooth access.
- Use your accounts including Samsung account and Google account.
- System tools
- View Network and Wi-Fi state
SysScope is a system app on Samsung devices that checks your device state to find if your device is rooted or running normally. It is a safe application that does consume your battery.
This app keeps stopping which can be fixed by clearing the app cache and flashing the stock firmware. This app is safe to uninstall and you won’t face any issues after uninstalling this app.