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How to Enforce App Installation on Android Devices using Hexnode MDM

Defining mandatory apps helps to ensure that all the essential apps have been installed on the device. This can be done by pushing the apps as mandatory. Mandatory apps work in combination with policy. You create a policy with the list of essential apps and assign it to any entity-user, device, group or domain. The selected apps will be pushed to all the devices that fall under target entity.

Add Mandatory Apps via Policy

To add apps in bulk on your Android device,

  1. Login to your Hexnode MDM portal.
  2. Navigate to Policies > New Policy > New Blank Policy. You can also choose to continue with an existing policy.
  3. Policy Name– Assign a suitable name for the policy. This field is mandatory.
    Description– Add a brief description for the policy.

  4. For Android devices, choose Mandatory apps from App Management list.
  5. Click on +Add to either add an app or a group of apps from the app inventory.
  6. Choose the required apps from the list of apps and click Done.
  7. Then associate the policy to target devices. Go to Policy targets and click on +Add devices.
  8. Select the device you want to associate the policy to and click on OK to confirm. You can also associate this policy to a device, group or even a domain.
  9. Click on Save.

You have now successfully added a list of mandatory apps for the user. All the mandatory apps will be pushed to the device. A pop up for installing the apps will appear. The apps will also be listed under the Apps section in the Hexnode app. To access it launch the Hexnode app > Swipe from the left > Click on Apps

Remove Apps from Device on Policy Removal

You can also remove the app from the device:

  • By removing the policy from the device
  • By disassociating the device from the policy.
  • When the app is removed from the policy by enabling the option Remove apps from the device on policy removal

How to Distribute Multiple Apps Automatically on Android Devices using Hexnode MDM


  • Make sure you have enabled “Unknown Sources” from Settings > Security, on your device to get the app installed.
  • Enterprise apps can be installed without user intervention on Samsung Knox, LG GATE, Kyocera, rooted Android and Android devices with Hexnode MDM as a system app.
  • In case of Managed Google Apps enrolled via AFW, the apps will be installed silently without user intervention.