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How to install store apps on Windows devices

Installing and updating apps on devices has always been a hefty job for the IT admins. Hexnode MDM supports a variety of app types and their deployment scenarios. To install a store app on your Windows devices, you can either push apps directly from the Microsoft Store or add apps to the app inventory to have them installed at a later stage.

To distribute a store app, follow the steps mentioned below.

  1. Add store apps to the App inventory
  2. Distribute store apps to your devices

Add store apps to the App inventory


  1. Login to your Hexnode MDM portal.
  2. Go to Apps > +Add Apps > Store App.
  3. Uncheck the options iOS, Android and macOS.
  4. Type in the name of the required app on the search box and click on Search.
  5. Click on Select country to get the apps from the app store for a particular country.
  6. Click Add to select the required app.

Now, the selected apps will be successfully added to your app inventory.

Distribute store apps to your devices

There are two ways by which you can distribute the apps on your Windows devices.

  • Install store apps via Actions
  • Install store apps via Policy

Install store apps via Actions


Method 1

  1. Login to your Hexnode MDM portal.
  2. Navigate to Manage tab and select the required devices.
  3. Click on Actions and choose Install Application.
  4. From Local Apps, uncheck iOS, Android, macOS, and tvOS to stop displaying the apps belonging to platforms other than Windows. Search and select the required apps and click Done.
    Or

    Select Public Store to install apps directly from the public app store and choose Windows. Search and select the required apps and click Done.

Method 2

  1. Login to your Hexnode MDM portal.
  2. Navigate to Manage tab and click on the required device.
    This will take you to the corresponding device summary page.
  3. Click on Actions > Install Application.
  4. From Local Apps, search and select the required apps and Click Done.
    Or

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

Install store apps via Policy


You can install store apps on your Windows devices using Mandatory apps policy.

  1. Login to your Hexnode MDM portal.
  2. 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, if you are creating a new policy.
  3. Go to Windows > App Management > Mandatory Apps > Configure.
  4. Click on +Add, choose either Add App or Add Group.
  5. On selecting Add App,

    Search and select the required apps from Local Apps and click Done.

    Or

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

    On selecting Add Group,

    Search and select the required app groups and click Done.

  6. Navigate to Policy Targets, and click on Devices, Device Groups, Users, User Groups or Domains. Select the target entities.
  7. Click OK > Save.