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How to install apps silently in Android Kiosk

Hexnode MDM allows you to push the apps automatically to the device without any user intervention. Here, the apps will be installed silently without showing any prompts. Silent App installation can also be done while the device is in kiosk mode.

Warnings:

  • Only Enterprise Apps can be installed silently on Android devices.
  • Silent App Installation is possible only on Samsung Knox, LG GATE and Kyocera business phones.
  • For Standard Android devices, silent app installation is possible on rooted Android devices or the devices with Hexnode as a System App.
  • For LG devices, Hexnode LG Service app is required for silent app installation.
  • Devices enrolled via Android Enterprise will support silent installation of Managed Google apps. The Android Enterprise devices will also support the silent installation of enterprise apps only if the devices are Samsung Knox, LG Gate or Kyocera business phones.

Silent App Installation in Android Kiosk

First you need to enable kiosk mode for the Android devices. You could either lock down the device into single app mode or multi app mode.

Note:

Before enabling the kiosk mode, make sure to add the required apps to the app inventory.


  1. Login to your Hexnode MDM portal.
  2. Go to Policies.
  3. Select an existing policy or create a new one by clicking New Policy.
  4. From Kiosk Lockdown > Android Kiosk Lockdown > select Single App/Multi App in accordance with the requirement.
  5. Click on Configure and add the required apps to the list.
  6. Associate the policy to the devices.

To Associate Policies to Devices / Groups.

If the policy has not yet been saved.

  1. Navigate to Policy Targets.
  2. Click on +Add Devices.
  3. Select the devices and click OK.
  4. Click on Save to apply the policies to devices.

Apart from devices, you can also associate the policies to device groups, user and user groups from Policy Targets.

If the policy has been saved, you can associate it by another method.

  1. From Policies, check the policies to be associated.
  2. Click on Manage → Associate Targets and select the device.
  3. Click on Associate to apply policy to the devices.

Once the policies are associated, the device will enter into kiosk mode and the apps gets silently installed to the device.



Notes:

  • Here the apps are silently installed while adding to the kiosk mode itself. Install Application action need not be executed.
  • Make sure that you add the apps (in kiosk policy) that are not installed on the device.

Exception:

For all devices running MIUI versions that have MIUI optimization turned on, Write System Permissions cannot be enabled. This leads to several issues including kiosk exiting unexpectedly, apps not getting installed silently, and so on. MIUI optimization must be disabled to fix such issues. To disable MIUI optimization:

  • Go to Settings > Build Number.
  • Tap on the build number 6 to 8 times to enable Developer options.
  • Select Developer Options from Settings > Additional Settings.
  • Disable MIUI optimization from the list of available options.