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How to enforce app installation on Windows devices using Hexnode MDM

Hexnode MDM allows you to push apps automatically to your Windows devices using the Mandatory Apps feature. Defining Mandatory apps helps you ensure that the users have installed all the essential apps on their devices.


  • This feature is available only on Ultimate and Ultra subscription plans.
  • Mandatory Apps is supported only on Windows 10 devices.

Add Mandatory apps via policy


  • A device will be marked as non-compliant if a mandatory app is missing from that device.
  • Navigate to Admin tab > General Settings > Compliance Settings > Enable the option Device is not application compliant. The device will not be marked as non-compliant unless you’ve enabled this option.

To choose apps that are to be pushed automatically to your Windows devices,

  1. Login to your Hexnode MDM portal > Navigate to Policies tab > Click on New Policy to create a new one or click on any policy to edit an existing one > Enter the Policy Name and Description in the provided fields.
  2. Go to Windows > From App Management, choose Mandatory Apps > Click on Configure.
  3. Click on +Add button > Choose either Add App or Add Group.
  4. On selecting Add App,
    From Local Apps, search and select the required apps > Click Done.

    Select Public Store to install apps directly from the public app store > Search and select the required apps > Click Done.

    On selecting Add Group,
    Search and select the required app group(s) > Click Done.

  5. Navigate to Policy Targets > Click on +Add Devices > Select the target devices > Click OK > Save.

To associate the policies to a device group, select Device Groups from the left pane under Policy Targets, and follow the above instructions. Similarly, you can associate the policy to Users, User Groups, or Domains from the same pane.


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