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How to approve and add Android in the Enterprise (AfW) apps using Hexnode MDM

Managed google play is the content market place for Android Enterprise (AfW). It allows you to select, purchase and manage apps for your organization. With Hexnode MDM you can approve and add google play apps to the app inventory and manage their updates. You can build a custom app store with these apps and customize it with pages and app categories. These apps can later be pushed to those devices enrolled in Android in the Enterprise program.

Note:


For silent installation, the enterprise apps should be published as Private apps in Managed Google Play.

Approve and add apps to the inventory

First you must approve the google play apps to add them to your App inventory.

  1. Go to Apps > Click on +Add apps button.
  2. Select Managed Google Apps from the drop-down list.
  3. Browse the work apps you need to add to your list.
  4. Click on Approve.
  5. Another pop-up arises showing the permissions required by the app. Go through it and click Approve to finalize.
  6. You will be taken to the Approval Settings page. Here you have to choose the method by which you would like to handle new app permission requests. You can choose from:
    • Keep approved when app requests new permissions – Select this to enable automatic reapproval. This ensures that the app is reapproved regardless of the new permissions being requested.
    • Revoke app approval when this app requests new permissions – Remove app from the store until it is reapproved when the app requests new permissions.
  7. Note:


    Automatic reapproval can be set up for any approved app and the settings you enter only apply to the selected app.

  8. Go to Notifications tab. Here you can add email addresses to subscribe for email notifications when the apps you have approved request new permissions. Enter the email address and click on Add. You can add as many subscribers as you need. Click Save.

Note:


Email notification preferences are global settings. You only need to set the preferences once and they then apply to all approved apps.


All approved apps will be added to your app inventory.

When you add an app to your list, you’re prompted to set up approval preferences as part of that process. However, you can change these settings later if you need to.

  1. Log into your Hexnode MDM portal.
  2. Go to Apps > Click on +Add apps button.
  3. Select Managed Google Apps from the drop-down list.
  4. Browse the required work apps and click on Approval preferences.
  5. Get through the Approval Settings and Notifications tab. Make necessary changes and click Save when you are done.

If you decide that you no longer want an app available to users, you can remove it from the list of approved apps. When you remove an app from the approved list, anyone who hasn’t installed the app no longer sees it in the Managed Google Play store. If someone has installed it, it remains visible in My Apps until it is uninstalled.

To remove an app from the approved list,

  1. Log into your Hexnode MDM portal.
  2. Go to Apps > Click on +Add apps button.
  3. Select Managed Google Apps from the drop-down list.
  4. Browse the required work apps and click on Unapprove button.
  5. Click OK.

The app will be unapproved and is no longer available to be installed by the users.

Note:

Managed Google app installation is initiated by Hexnode and further carried out by Google. Hence, a slight delay may occur in some instances.

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