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Distribute Enterprise Apps to Android devices using Hexnode MDM

An Enterprise app or in-house app is an application developed and used within the organization. Since these apps are developed to be used within the organization, it cannot be distributed to the public. Therefore, they are not published in the App Store or Play Store. Hence, they are to be distributed in a different way. Hexnode simplifies the process of distributing Enterprise apps in many ways.

To Add Enterprise App

First, you need to add the app to the Hexnode Console. Follow the steps to add the app as an enterprise app to the Hexnode Console.

  1. Login to your Hexnode portal.
  2. Go to Apps.
  3. Select +Add Apps > Enterprise app.
  4. Select the platform as android.
  5. The Enterprise app can be added in two ways.
    • APK file.
    • From manifest path.

To Add Enterprise App through APK file.

add enterprise app through apk file

  • App Name: Provide a name to identify the app.
  • Category: Select a category available from the drop-down list. You can also add a missing category by clicking on the add (+) button and providing a suitable name.
  • Description: Provide a description for the app.
  • Choose the APK file: Select the APK file of the app to be distributed as enterprise app.
  • Notify admin via email once app upload succeeds/fails: Checking this option will notify the admin via mail on the app upload status.

To Add Enterprise App from Manifest Path.

add enterprise app through apk file

  • App Name: Provide a name to identify the app.
  • Url: Provide the direct download link to the APK file.
  • Identifier: Provide the identifier of the URL.
    An identifier will be of the form,
    Domain name.Company/Publisher’s name.Application Name
    For example, com.hexnode.hexnodemdm
  • Version Name: Provide the version name of the APK.
  • Version Code: Provide the version code of the APK.
  • Category: Select a category available from the drop-down list. You can also add a missing category by clicking on the add (+) button and providing a suitable name.
  • Description: Provide a description for the app.

Install apps to devices

Notes:

  • Silent app installation is supported on LG GATE, Kyocera, rooted Android devices and Android devices with Hexnode as System App.
  • Only enterprise apps can be installed silently in Samsung SAFE devices.

There are two ways to install the apps:

  • Go to Manage > Devices > Actions > Install Application. Select the apps from list > Done.
  • Click on a device name. Proceed to Actions > Install application. Select the apps from list > Done.

You can choose the app platform while you are in the app selection window.

Install apps from Policies

You can also add an Enterprise app from Policies, in several ways as given below.

Method 1: Set mandatory apps.

Follow the steps to push enterprise app as mandatory app.

  1. Login to your Hexnode portal.
  2. Go to Policies.
  3. Select an existing policy or create a new one by clicking on New Policy.
  4. Navigate to Android > App Management > Mandatory Apps and click on Configure.
  5. Click on +Add > select Add Apps or Add Group.
  6. Select the apps already added to Apps settings. If you’ve created an App Group at Apps > App Groups, then select the app group from the list.
  7. Remove apps from the device on policy removal: Checking this option removes the mandatory apps from the device on deleting/disassociating the policy from the device, or on removing the mandatory app from the policy.
Note:

Ensure that the option Android > Advanced Restrictions > Allow App Settings > Install apps from unknown sources is checked.

Method 2: App catalog.

Follow the steps to push enterprise app through app catalog. First you need to create an App Catalog.

  • Go to Policies.
  • Select an existing policy or create a new one by clicking on New Policy.
  • Navigate to Android > App Management > App Catalog and click on Configure.
  • Click on +Add Catalogs > Select the catalogs with Enterprise apps you need to add and click on Done.

To Associate Policies to Devices / Groups

If the policy has not yet been saved.

  1. Navigate to Policy Targets.
  2. Click on +Add Devices.
  3. Select the devices and click OK.
  4. Click on Save to apply the policies to devices.

Apart from devices, you can also associate the policies to device groups, user and user groups from Policy Targets.

If the policy has been saved, you can associate it with another method.

  1. From Policies, check the policies to be associated.
  2. Click on Manage → Associate Targets and select the device.
  3. Click on Associate to apply policy to the devices.
Notes:

  • Besides merely pushing the enterprise apps to android devices, you can also push these apps in Android in the Enterprise (Afw) enabled devices.
  • With Hexnode, enterprise apps can be easily configured on Android in the Enterprise (Android for Work) enabled devices. Configure Android Enterprise Apps in Afw enabled devices.

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