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How to silently install applications in Android Devices?

Applications can be installed silently in android devices without any involvement of the user. This method is used when an organization has to install some apps which are mandatory to the user and does not require the user’s consent to install the application.

Note:

Samsung KNOX, LG GATE, Kyocera devices support the silent app installation feature.

SAMSUNG KNOX:
Samsung KNOX is a feature provided in selected Samsung devices which gives the MDM the ability to control more of the device functionalities and enables security features for corporate use.

LG GATE:
GATE in LG GATE stands for Guarded Access To Enterprise. It is a feature provided in selected LG devices which enables the LG device to perform suitably for work and enables the MDM to access additional features, thus making the device more secure.

KYOCERA:
KYOCERA devices are enabled with Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) which enhances productivity and improves the security of the device. It allows the MDM to access the features of the device and help in making the device compliant.

Notes:

  • Keep in mind that only Enterprise Apps can be installed silently in Android devices.
  • 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.

Distribute Android Apps Silently to Devices

Silent app installation is possible in generic Android devices too. For that, the device needs to be

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.


For Knox devices, the Hexnode MDM app will ask for permission to manage during device enrollment.

Samsung SAFE activation

Here is how the apps are pushed to the device silently:

  1. Login to your Hexnode portal.
  2. Go to Manage > Devices.
  3. Click on the device you want to install the app to.
  4. Click on the Actions button on the top of the page.
  5. Select Install Application option.
  6. Select the application you want to install and click on Done.

Note:

For LG Devices, Hexnode LG Service app is required for the silent app installation.