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How to install apps on Android devices?

The rapidly evolving technology has driven businesses to use various apps throughout their organization. Apps have now become an integral part of an organization to boost productivity. Hence, IT admins are in dire need of a solution that can efficiently deploy, manage, and secure applications.

The comprehensive ‘App Management’ feature in Hexnode MDM lets you install, control, and secure apps seamlessly. This article will guide you to install Android apps on your devices remotely. Hexnode simplifies the process for IT admins to install both store and enterprise apps to multiple devices. It also provides you with the option to install Android apps silently on supported devices.

Add Apps from Google Play

To add an app from Google Play,

Method 1: Add app to Hexnode console

Add an app to the Hexnode console to have it quickly installed on selected devices at a later stage.

  1. Login to your Hexnode portal.
  2. Go to the Apps tab.
  3. Select +Add apps > Store App.
  4. Choose the platform as Android.
  5. Search the app using the search box.
  6. To add an app, click on the Add button to the right of the required app.

Note:
  • You can also add apps from Google Play using Bundle ID.



Method 2: Install an app from Google Play directly to selected devices
  1. Login to your Hexnode portal.
  2. Go to Manage > Devices and select the devices.
  3. Choose Actions > Install application.
  4. Click on the Public Store tab, choose the radio button as Android and search for apps.
  5. Check all apps required and click Done.

Method 3: Install app directly from Google Play to a single device
  1. Login to your Hexnode portal.
  2. Go to Manage > Devices and click on the device name.
  3. On the Device Summary page, choose Actions > Install Application.
  4. Click on the Public Store tab and search for apps.
  5. Check all apps required and click Done.


Note:

    If your organization has a firewall that restricts access to Google Play Services, you need to whitelist the following set of URLs on your firewall in order to install apps from the Google Play Store:
  • play.googleapis.com
  • googleusercontent.com
  • android.clients.google.com
  • ggpht.com
  • gvt1.com

Add Enterprise Apps

With Hexnode, you can add enterprise apps to the app inventory, which can later be pushed to the target devices via remote action or via automated rollout through policy. Enterprise apps can be added either through Manifest URL or using the APK file. Learn more.

Install Apps via Remote Actions

Two ways to install any previously added app(s):

  • Go to Manage > Devices , select devices > Actions > Install application. Select the apps from the list and click Done.
  • Go to Manage > Devices and click on a device name. This will take you to the Device Summary page. Go to Actions > Install application. Select the apps from the list and click Done.

You can choose to display apps via platform, while you are in the app selection window.

Install Apps via Policies

You can install apps from Policies in two ways:

Method 1: Add as Mandatory apps

Mandatory apps are defined to ensure that all the required apps are installed on the devices. To set the apps as mandatory,

  1. Log in to your Hexnode portal.
  2. Go to Policies.
  3. Select an existing policy or create a new one by clicking New Policy.
  4. Go to Android > App Management > Mandatory Apps. Click Configure.
  5. You can optionally configure the following options:
    • Remove apps from the device on policy removal: Enable this option to remove apps from the device if:
      • The policy is deleted from the device.
      • The device is disassociated from the policy.
      • The apps are removed from the Mandatory Apps policy.
    • Enforce app downgrade: Enable this option to downgrade an already installed enterprise app by deploying the lower version of that app to the devices.
      Notes:

      • On Samsung Knox devices below Android 7.0, app downgrade silently without clearing the app data.
      • On Samsung Knox devices (Android 7.0+), LG GATE, and Kyocera business phones, apps can be downgraded silently, but the app data will get cleared.

  6. Click on +Add > select Add Apps or Add Group.
  7. Select the apps already added to App settings. If you’ve created an App Group under Apps > App Groups, then select the app group from the list.
  8. Save and apply the policy to the target devices.

Method 2: Deploy Apps via App Catalog

App Catalogs allows you to customize an app store of your choice to install the required apps seamlessly. You can include app groups and individual apps in an app catalog. To distribute an app catalog to the devices,

  1. Login to your Hexnode portal.
  2. Go to Policies.
  3. Select an existing policy or create a new one by clicking New Policy.
  4. Go to Android > App Management > App Catalogs. Click Configure.
  5. Click on +Add Catalogs, and select the app catalogs created under Apps > App Catalogs.
  6. Save and apply the policy to target devices.