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How to Add Apps using Bundle ID

A Bundle Identifier (Bundle ID), commonly referred to as Package name in Android, is used to identify Android apps on your device and Google Play Store. No two applications can have the same Package names. Adding apps to the app inventory is easier using BundleID. Search for the package name of the apps, add them to the app inventory and push them to the devices for enhanced user experience.

Search for Android Apps using Package name ID

The simplest method to look up an app’s package ID is to find the app in Google Play Store using a web browser. The app package ID will be listed after ‘id=’ at the end of the URL.

There are several Android apps available in Play Store that lets you find Package name IDs for apps published in Play Store.

Add Apps using Bundle ID

Note:

Bundle Identifiers are case sensitive.

To add apps to devices, you must first add the apps to the app inventory in Hexnode MDM. Here’s how it’s done.

  1. Login to your Hexnode MDM portal and navigate to Apps tab.
  2. Click on +Add Apps.
  3. Choose the option With Bundle ID from the drop-down list and enter the following details:
    • App Name – Provide a suitable name for the app.
    • Bundle ID – Enter the Bundle ID for the app.
    • Category – Select the category to which the app belongs to.
  4. Click on Add button to complete the action. You have now successfully added the app to the inventory.

Now, you may add the apps to the target devices using Install Application action or Mandatory apps policy.

Method 1: Using Install Application action.

  • Navigate to Manage tab.
  • Select a device to install the app.
  • Click on Actions and select Install Application.
  • From the ‘Browse and Install Apps’ window choose the app, which was added to the app inventory.
  • Click Done.

Method 2: Using Mandatory apps policy.

  • Go to Policies tab.
  • Select an existing policy or create a new one by clicking New Policy.
  • Go to Android > App Management > Mandatory Apps. Click Configure.
  • Click on +Add and select Add app. Select the app, which was added earlier. Click on Done.
  • Go to Policy Targets tab. Click on +Add devices. Select the devices to which policy is to be associated. Click Save.

Once the app is pushed, it either raises a prompt to install the app or gets silently installed on the target devices.

Accessing Blocked Packages

Kiosk Mode is the perfect solution to restrict devices to a handful of applications. It limits the device usage to a finite number of apps preventing the access to other applications. While in Kiosk mode, apps may require to access certain other non-kiosk apps for its working. When they are accessed, a blocked package error message (Blocked package: Package name) is displayed on the device. You can add those blocked packages to the app inventory (using BundleID) and include them as background apps. It ensures the smooth functioning of Kiosk apps without interruption.

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