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How to set up Permissions and Configurations for an App?

You can set up permissions and configurations for an app even before it’s pushed to the devices. In order to set up permissions and configurations, you should meet these requirements:

Setting up App Configurations

To configure an app,

  1. Go to the Policies tab on your Hexnode portal.
  2. Create a new policy or select an existing policy.
  3. From AndroidApp Management, select App Configurations.
  4. Click on Configure and + Add new configuration button to select a work app and configure it.
  5. (Optional) Use the search bar to search for Work apps.
  6. Click on the Select button to choose the app to configure.
  7. The app configuration screen is displayed. Configure the app from here and hit Done when you’re done with the configurations.

Notes:

  • Add at least one configuration for an app to show it in the list of configured apps.

Different apps have different configurations, so it is not possible to list all of them here. However, we are trying to show you a few examples on how the configurations differ from app to app. We take Chrome Browser as the first example. The available configurations are:

  • Account type for HTTP negotiate authentication
  • Address or URL of proxy server
  • Allow cookies on these sites
  • Allow images on these sites
  • Allow JavaScript on these sites
  • Allow proceeding from the SSL warning page
  • Allow access to a list of URLs
  • Allow session only cookies on these sites
  • Authentication server whitelist
  • Block access to a list of URLs, and so on.

While Gmail shows varying configurations. Listing out some of them below.

  • Default email signature
  • Default sync window
  • Device identifier
  • Email address
  • Hostname or host

Setting up App Permissions

Set up what a specific app can do or have access to, even before they are installed on the device. The permissions may include location, network access, and camera, but are not limited to these three. App permissions differ from app to app, but there might be common permissions for more than one app.

To set up permissions for an app,

  1. From your Hexnode portal, go to Policies.
  2. Create a new policy or select an existing policy.
  3. Select App Permissions from AndroidApp Management.
  4. Click on the + Add New App Permission button to select a work app and configure permissions.
  5. (Optional) Use the search bar to search for Work apps.
  6. Click on the Select button to the right of an app.
  7. The app permission screen is displayed. Most of the restrictions contain three options to choose from – Default, Allow and Deny, which help you decide whether the app should follow the app defaults, or allow or deny a specific feature.
  8. Hit Done when you’re done with setting up permissions for an app.

Here are some of the restrictions for Dropbox.

  • View network connections
  • View Wi-Fi connections
  • Take pictures and videos
  • Find accounts on the device
  • Full network access
  • Add or remove accounts
  • Run at startup
  • Prevent device from sleeping

Associating the Policy to the Device

If you haven’t saved the Policy yet, you can

  1. Go to the Policy Targets tab within the Policy.
  2. Click on + Add Devices.
  3. Search and select the devices to which the Policy needs to be associated with and click on OK.
    You can also associate policies to Device Groups, Users, User Groups or Domains from the left pane underneath the Policy Targets tab.
  4. Save the policy to associate the policy to the device.

If you have saved the policy,

  1. From your Policies tab, check the policy.
  2. Select Associate Targets from Manage.
  3. Select the devices and click on Associate to get the policy associated with these devices.