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How to Set Password Rules for Android in the Enterprise Container using Hexnode MDM

Passwords are an essential requirement in a device to prevent unauthorized access to the device’s features and files. Hexnode MDM’s password policy ensures that the device is safe by setting password rules. It allows the users to set some password configurations that enhance the complexity and hence durability of the password.

Supported Versions:

Android 7.0+ devices.

Configure Android in the Enterprise Container Password

To configure the Android in the Enterprise container password,


  1. Login to your Hexnode MDM portal.
  2. Navigate to Policies > New Policy.
  3. Tap on Android Settings > Password > AfW container password. Click Configure.
Policy Description
Password requirement Select the type of characters that the user needs to use in a passcode. The options available are: simple value, numbers, alphabets, alphanumeric and complex value. The default value is ‘simple value’.
Minimum passcode length (not applicable for simple valued and numeric password options) The length of the passcode the users wish to set. The allowed value ranges from 4 to 16.
Password age (in days) The number of days before which the passcode needs to be changed to prevent its expiry. The available values are 10, 20, 50, 70, 120, 250, 360, 470, 600, 720. The users need to renew the password before the specified password age. Upon password expiry, the users would have to add a new password.
Auto-lock after The amount of time after which the device would be locked automatically. The available values are never, 1 minute, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 4 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes. By default, the auto-lock option will be disabled.
Password history (1-50 passcodes) Blocks the users from re-using the password for the specific number of times. From 1-50 passcodes can be set. Password history is turned off by default. For instance, the password history is set as 5 and the current password is, say Abcd123!. If the user changes this password, he cannot use this password for the next 5 attempts.
Failed attempts The device data will be wiped automatically if the user enters an incorrect password for the specified number of times. The number of attempts ranges from 4 to 10.
Minimum letter length (applicable only if a password with complex value is required to be entered by the user) The minimum number of letters that can be included in a password. The value ranges from 1 to 5.
Minimum uppercase letters (applicable only if a password with complex value is required to be entered by the user) The minimum number of uppercase letters that can be included in a password. The value ranges from 1 to 5.
Minimum lowercase letters (applicable only if a password with complex value is required to be entered by the user) The minimum number of lowercase letters that can be included in a password. The value ranges from 1 to 5.
Minimum non-alphabetic characters (applicable only if a password with complex value is required to be entered by the user) The minimum number of characters, other than alphabets, that can be included in a password. The value ranges from 1 to 5.
Minimum numeric letters (applicable only if a password with complex value is required to be entered by the user) The minimum number of numbers that can be included in a password. The value ranges from 1 to 5.
Minimum symbols (applicable only if a password with complex value is required to be entered by the user) The minimum number of special characters that can be included in a password. The value ranges from 1 to 5.

Associating Password Policy to Devices, Users or Groups

After configuring the password policy, the users need to associate the policy with the target device.

To associate the policy with target device,

  1. From the Policy Targets tab, tap on +Add Devices.
  2. Choose the device you wish to associate the policy with and click OK.
  3. Click Save.
  4. You can also choose device groups, users, user groups or domain and associate the policy.

If you wish to associate the policy at a later point of time,

  1. Tap on the Policies tab.
  2. Select the policy you wish to associate with the device from the list.
  3. Click on Manage and choose Associate Targets.
  4. Choose the devices you wish to associate the policy with and click Associate.

Setting up Container Password on the Device

On the Android device,

  1. Tap on the Hexnode for Work app.
  2. A Set up a new password for work option will be displayed. Click Set Up.
  3. Choose the Lock Type.
  4. Set the password for the work container and confirm.
  5. Set the desired work profile notifications and click Done.


Note:

The removal of the policy does not remove the password from the device. To remove the password from the device, manually initiate the removal. Navigate to Settings > Lock Screen > Work Profile Lock, enter the work container password and choose None. The settings may be different for different Android device models.

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