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How to Configure App Groups

Configuring app groups help you better organize your apps. App groups are useful in case you want to associate multiple apps with the device in one go or to group the apps specific to uses in different departments of an organization. Grouping of apps enables the user to push bulk apps to several devices via policies or actions.

Note:

App Groups can be sorted by their name, date modified and the number of apps in them.

Configure an App Group

Notes:

  • On iOS devices, not all pre-installed apps can be added to the app groups; only the following apps can be added.
Activity Home Podcasts
Apple Books iTunes Stores Reminders
Calculator Mail Stocks
Calendar Maps Tips
Compass Measure TV
Contacts Music Videos
FaceTime News Voice Memos
Files Notes Watch app
Find My Friends Photo Booth Weather


To configure an app group using Hexnode, follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Login to your Hexnode portal.
  2. Navigate to Apps > App Groups > Add group.
  3. Add a group name and a description. Group name– Assign a suitable name for the app group. Description– Add a brief description for the group.
  4. Choose the apps you want to add to the group by clicking on the + Add more button and click Ok.
  5. Click Save group. The app group will be successfully added to your console.
  6. You can either add more apps or delete the apps from a group at any point of time.
  7. You can also delete the app group. Go to Apps > App Groups. Click on the group name and then click on Delete group. The app group will be deleted from the console.
    Delete apps groups from Hexnode

Using app groups to block multiple apps

To block a set of apps from actively functioning in the device, follow the below steps:

  1. Login to your Hexnode portal.
  2. Tap on Policies > New Policy
  3. Click on iOS/Android/Windows > App Management > Blacklist/Whitelist. Click on Configure.
  4. Choose the blacklist or whitelist button based on the requirement.
  5. Click on +Add to add either an app or an app group to be either blacklisted/whitelisted.
  6. After selecting the desired apps, click Done.
  7. Next, associate the policy to the target devices by clicking on Policy Targets > +Add devices. Choose the device and click Save. The policy will be pushed to the device.

Using app groups to install apps in bulk

To install a list of apps to the device, follow the below steps:

  1. Login to your Hexnode portal.
  2. Tap on Policies > New Policy
  3. Provide a suitable name and description for the policy.
  4. Click on Android/iOS/Windows/macOS > App Management > Mandatory Apps. Click on Configure.
  5. Click on +Add to add an app group to be pushed into the device.
  6. After selecting the desired apps, click Done.
  7. Next, associate the policy to the target devices by clicking on Policy Targets > +Add devices. Choose the device and click Save. The policy will be pushed to the device.

Using app groups to set up kiosk mode

To lock down your iOS devices to a few selected apps using app groups feature,

  1. Login to your Hexnode MDM console.
  2. Go to Policies > New Policy.
  3. Provide a suitable name and description for the policy.
  4. Go to Kiosk Lockdown > iOS Kiosk Lockdown > Multi App.
  5. Click on Configure.
  6. Click on + Add group.
  7. Browse and select the app groups and click Done.
  8. Next, associate the policy to the target devices by clicking on Policy Targets > +Add devices. Choose the device and click Save. The policy will be pushed to the device.
  9. Apart from devices, the policy can be pushed to users, groups or domains from the Policy Targets tab.