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What is a work profile in Android?

Android Work Profile is enabled on a device to segregate its work data from the personal data. With the rising popularity of the BYOD trend, a large number of personal devices are used by employees within the enterprise. With this influx in devices also came a significant rise in endpoints which needs to be managed. A work profile can be set up manually or with the help of a UEM solution like Hexnode.  

Enabling a work profile in an Android device places the work data within a container, which prevents any accidental data leaks by the employee. The organization also gains control over all the applications and data within this container. The blacklisting or whitelisting feature can be used to restrict the work apps within the profile. The organization can also remotely apply configurations, further optimizing the device for work. There are some configurations such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth settings that extend beyond the container.  

The work profile is protected with a pin or pattern lock, which can be the same as the device lock. The work apps are marked with a briefcase icon, which helps distinguish them from the personal apps. Enabling a work profile also ensures that the device is managed without compromising the privacy of the employees.