Android App Management

Overview

This section explains the various steps involved and the workflow of App management for Android devices.

Google Play Store apps for Android devices:

Apps designed for Android devices are listed here. 'Google Play Store' has thousands of apps, from which we can choose and upload apps into the App Repository. You can add the apps to the App Repository which can be further distributed to the Devices/Groups. Refer to this, to know more about adding Play Store Apps in the App Repository.

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Enterprise Apps for Android Devices:

You can add Enterprise apps (in-house apps), that are specific to your organization, to the App Repository and distribute them to your Android devices. For this, the .apk file needs to be uploaded to MDM as an Android Enterprise app, after which, the app gets add to the App repository. It can then be distributed to groups/devices. Refer to this, to know more about adding Android Enterprise apps in the App Repository. Enterprise apps can also be published as private Store apps using the Google Play console. To test and deploy Android enterprise apps seamlessly refer to this.

  • Enterprise apps distributed via MDM can be installed on the device, even if Play Store is restricted. Enterprise apps distributed via MDM can be installed on the device, even if Play Store is restricted. To install enterprise apps without user intervention,Refer to this.
  • In case you've added an unsigned enterprise app and have issues installing the same, it is recommended to have the app signed by the developer. To know more about app signing, click here. If you’re unable to install a signed enterprise app to the App Repository, you can file an appeal here.
  • Ensure that the app size doesn't exceed 1.5 GB. Further, it is recommended to upload only a signed APK. The existing APK and the updated version of the APK need to have the same signature but different version code and version name. Also, version code needs to be incremented for each new app version uploaded.
  • In case you distribute the app to the App Catalog instead of silently installing the app, the device user can uninstall the distributed app. Uninstallation by the user is restricted by default in case of apps silently installed.
  • In certain cases, the apps distributed after configuring Android for Work might take additional time before silently initiating installation on the devices.
  • If the MIUI optimization is turned on in Xiaomi devices, it could cause enterprise app installation failure. It is recommended to turn off MIUI optimization on these devices. For this navigate to Settings ->Build Number, tap the build number 6 to 8 times to enable Developer Mode and turn off MIUI optimization.

For devices provisioned as Profile Owner, different versions of the same application cannot exist, both inside and outside the work profile/container.

See Also: Configure Mobile Device Manager Plus MSP, Device Enrollment, Location Tracking, App Management, Profile Management, Asset Management, Security Management, Reports
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