App Repository

Introduction

All the apps to be installed on the device must be added to the App Repository. Once the apps are added to the App Repository, they can then be distributed and installed on devices. You can add both enterprise apps as well as Store apps across all the four platforms(Android, Chrome, iOS and Windows). In addition to this, you can also add MSI apps to the App Repository as well as add Chrome apps, which can then be distributed and installed on Windows 10 machines and Chromebooks respectively. To test and deploy enterprise apps seamlessly refer to this link

NOTE: App Repository also allows admins to view granular details about the added apps like App Source, App Version and also the license details. You can customize the details to be displayed on the console by clicking on the Column chooser button and selecting the columns to be displayed.

You can add Android apps in bulk to App Repository, as explained here and iOS apps in bulk, as explained here. You can also install Android apps silently without any user intervention as explained here. Silent installation of iOS apps can be done as explained here.

Managing App Store apps

To add free App Store apps into the repository, follow the steps given below.

  1. On the web console, navigate to App Repository  

  2. Click on Add Apps

  3. Click on App Store App under iOS Apps

  4. Enter App Name.  While you start entering the name of the App you fill find a list of relevant App names listed from the App store, you can choose the specific App name from the list.

  5. Bundle Identifier, which is a unique identifier for the App will be filled in automatically, if you have configured the proxy settings. Refer this to know more about configuring proxy

  6. App Store ID  will be filled automatically as soon as you choose the name of the App from the App store.

  7. Define App Policies like removing the App from the device, while the MDM profile is removed and restricting App data back up.

  8. Click Save to store the App in the App Repository.

For adding paid apps into the App Repository, follow the steps given here

Managing iOS enterprise apps

  1. On the web console, navigate to App Repository  

  2. Click Add App and Select iOS Enterprise App under iOS App

  3. Enter the Name of the App

  4. Specify the title of the App, this is mandatory.

  5. Click Browse to upload the App

  6. Bundle Identifier  - a unique ID for the App, will be filled in automatically.

  7. The Version of the App  will be filled in automatically

  8. Specify the Category  and Supported Devices

  9. Upload Image that needs to be displayed

  10. Define App Policies like removing the App from the device, while the profile is removed and restricting App data back up.

  11. Click on Save to store the App in the App Repository.

Updating iOS enterprise apps

Follow the steps mentioned below to upgrade Enterprise App:

  1. Click on Device Mgmt and select App Repository from the left pane.
  2. Click on the ellipsis icon present under Actions, against the app which is to be updated.and then on click on Modify App
  3. Upload the latest .ipa file. You can see that App version gets modified automatically.

  4. Make necessary changes and click Save to save the changes.

The latest version of the App will be updated in the App repository, then it can be distributed to the groups/devices.

Ensure https://ppq.apple.com is allowed on your external firewall to ensure the added enterprise apps are trusted on the device.

Managing iOS app policies

App Policies can be defined to remove the App from the managed devices on MDM profile removal.  You can also restrict the backup of App data. App policies can be modified from the App repository, to modify the App policies follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. On the web console, navigate to App Repository

  2. Choose the App by name and click on the Modify App button against the same

  3.  Edit the App Policies and Save.

This enables the changes made to the App policies will be applied to the Devices to which the App will be distributed henceforth. Devices for which the App has already been distributed will not have these changes reflected to it.

Managing Play Store apps

To add free Play Store apps to the repository, follow the steps given below.

  1. On the web console, navigate to App Repository  

  2. Click Add App and Select Play Store App under Android Apps

  3. Enter the Name of the App

  4. Specify the Version of the App

  5. Enter the Bundle identifier

  6. Specify the license type, and category of the App

  7. Choose the devices on which this App is supported

  8. You can upload an image which should be displayed as the App Launch icon

  9. Click Save to store the settings.

Your Play Store App is ready to be distributed to devices and groups.

To add paid apps into the repository, follow the steps given here

To add Managed Google Play apps, refer this link for more information.

Managing Play Store app updates:

A Play Store app that has been distributed cannot be reverted to it's old version, as restricted by the OS. To prevent users from auto-updating Play Store apps, you can disable auto updates on the device by navigating to Play Store> Settings> Auto app updates > Don't auto update apps.

Apps can still be updated by any of these methods:

Note: If an update for a Play Store app is distributed from MDM, the version of the app that needs to be updated cannot be controlled. The app will be updated to the latest version applicable for the device, available on Play Store.

Managing Android enterprise apps

  • 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 7 times to enable Developer Mode and turn off MIUI optimization.
  • In certain cases, the apps distributed after configuring Android for Work might take additional time before initiating silent installation on the devices.
  1. On the web console, navigate to App Repository
  2. Click on Add App and select Android Enterprise App.
  3. Upload the .apk file.
  4. The bundle identifier and the version of the app will be automatically filled in once the .apk file is uploaded.
  5. Enter the required details.
  6. Add App Configurations and App Permissions if required.
  7. Click on Save.

Your Android Enterprise App is ready to be distributed to devices and groups.

Updating Android enterprise apps

Follow the steps mentioned below to update enterprise app:

  1. On the MDM Server, navigate to App Repository

  2. Click on the ellipsis icon(under Actions) present against the app, which you want to update and click on Modify App.

  3. Click on the edit icon in the Source and upload the new APK file, which has the latest version of the app.

  4. If the APK has been successfully updated, then the App Version is modified and shows the updated version.

  5. Make other changes if necessary and click on Save.

The latest version of the app is updated in the App repository, which can be distributed to Groups/devices.

Managing app updates for Enterprise apps:

Enterprise app deployment best practices:

Obtaining Bundle Identifier for Play Store Apps    

Follow the steps mentioned below to retrieve the bundle identifier for the Play Store Apps.

  1. Go to Google Play Store

  2. Lets take Google Drive as the  Play Store App that you wanted to be added to the App repository

  3. Click on the app or type the name of the app in the app search.

  4. From the URL address bar, select the bundle identifier which is located between  "=" and "&" as displayed in the image below.

  5. Copy the Bundle Identifier and paste in the Bundle identifier field while adding the Play Store App in App Repository.

Bundle Identifiers are case-sensitive. Ensure the bundle identifier is correctly copied from the Play Store app URL.

Managing Windows Business Store apps

To add Business Store apps to the App Repository and distribute/install them on Windows devices, you need to integrate Windows Business Store with MDM by providing your Azure admin account credentials. Once integrated, all apps previously purchased via the account gets automatically added to the App Repository after you can distribute and install them silently on Windows devices. Any subsequent purchases can be added to the App Repository by manual/automatic syncing. For more details, refer to this.

Managing Windows enterprise apps

  1. On the web console, navigate to App Repository.

  2. Click Add App and Select Windows Enterprise App under Windows App.

  3. Enter the Name of the App.

  4. Click Browse to upload the App.

  5. If the app has dependent files that are required for the app installation, you will have to upload a .zip file that contains the required dependent files.

  6. Specify the App Product ID.

  7. Specify Version of the App

  8. Specify the Category  and Supported Devices.

  9. Specify the Description if required.

  10. Upload Image that needs to be displayed.

  11. Click on Save to add the App in the App Repository.

You have successfully added the Windows enterprise apps.

Upgrading Windows enterprise apps

Follow the steps mentioned below to upgrade enterprise app:

The latest version of the App will be updated in the App Repository, so that it can be distributed to the groups/devices.

Managing Windows MSI apps

To add MSI apps to the App Repository and distribute/install them on Windows machines, refer to this.

Updating Windows enterprise apps

Follow the steps mentioned below to update enterprise app:

The latest version of the App will be updated in the App Repository and it can be distributed to the groups/devices.

Managing Chrome Web Store apps

Follow the instructions given below to add a Chrome Web Store app to the App Repository:

NOTE: Chrome Web Store apps are user specific, not device specific.

This app can now be distributed to the enrolled Chromebooks.

Managing Android apps in Chrome OS

Follow the instructions given below to add Android apps to Chromebooks if you have configured Managed Google Play without G Suite account:

Follow the steps given below to add apps to App Repository if you have configured Managed Google Play with the same G Suite account used for Chrome integration:

The apps can now be distributed to Chromebooks.

Managing Chrome Custom apps

Updating Chrome Custom apps

Obtaining App Identifier for Chrome apps


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