How to install Android apps (Store/Enterprise apps) silently? 

Description

With mobile devices becoming the cornerstone of the corporate workforce, apps have now become integral to productivity. With IT admins are required to keep the devices usage-ready by installing all the requisite corporate apps, MDM lets you install apps silently, without any user action making bulk installation of apps easier. The advantage of silent installation is, it requires minimal admin action for installing apps on the device. Besides being able to install apps without any user intervention, MDM ensures users cannot uninstall these silently installed apps. This is applicable for Fully managed (Device Owner) devices (including Fully Managed Samsung devices enrolled via invite) and Work profile (Profile Owner) devices.

Apps can be installed silently as explained in the table below:

DEVICE/APP TYPE ENTERPRISE APPS STORE APPS
Samsung devices Distribute and install apps, using MDM app repository
Non-Samsung devices OS<6.0

Configure Managed Google Play, add the app as a private app, approve, and install it

Configure Managed Google Play, approve, and install apps
OS>6.0 If provisioned as Fully managed,
Distribute and install apps, using MDM app repository

If provisioned as Work profile,
Add the app as a private app, approve, and install it


Demo Video

Learn how to install apps silently on Android devices in 4 minutes, through the demo video below:

Steps

Provisioning device as Fully managed

Work Profile provisioning of the device

Distributing and installing Enterprise apps, using MDM App Repository

  • On the MDM console, add enterprise apps to the App Repository as explained here. Once the app has been added, it is ready for distribution.
  • Navigate to Groups & Devices and select the Devices tab.
  • Select the device(s) to which the app is to be distributed and click on Distribute Apps from the Action dropdown.
  • Search and select the app you want to distribute, from Available Apps.
  • Choose Silent Installation for Installation type is selected.
  • Click on Select to distribute and install the app(s) silently on the selected device(s).

In case there is an update to the enterprise app, it can be tested before deployment to the production environment. This eliminates the productivity and security issues that arise due to bugs in the app update.

Configure Managed Google Play, Approve and install apps

  • You can configure Managed Google Play using both G Suite or without G Suite (Using your Google account). Configuring Managed Google Play, without G Suite lets you install apps, without configuring Play Store on the devices as explained here.
  • The next step is to add the Store apps to the App Repository as explained here. These apps are then distributed to the devices, where they get installed silently.
  • In the case of Store apps:

  • Login to Google Play for Work using the same account used to configure Managed Google Play in the previous step.
  • Approve the apps, which are to be installed silently on the device. By approving, you are actually purchasing the app and thus, in case of paid apps, you have to pay before approving the app. For more details, refer to this.
  • In the case of enterprise apps:

    You need to privately publish the enterprise app on Google Play, to ensure the enterprise apps can be installed silently on managed devices. Follow the steps provided here.

  • Once done, go back to the MDM server, navigate to Device Mgmt and select App Repository.
  • Click on Sync Apps and select Sync Play Store Apps from the dropdown. All the approved apps get added to the App Repository.
  • Navigate to Groups & Devices and select the Devices tab. Select the devices to which you want to associate the apps.
  • Select the device(s) to which the app is to be distributed and click on Distribute Apps from the Action dropdown.
  • Search and select the app you want to distribute, from Available Apps.
  • Choose Silent Installation for Installation type.
  • Click on Select to distribute and install the apps, silently on the selected devices.