Nov 4, 2017

How to Manage Android Apps for G Suite users using Chromebook


How to Manage Android Apps (Google Play(beta)) for G Suite users using Chromebook 

A G Suite administrator can manage Chromebook users who want to install Andorid apps in the domain.

Here is the information on how to manage Chromebook users installing Android apps by G Suite administrator.


An administrator can force to install approved Android apps for Chromebooks logined in G Suite. or allow G Suite users to install the Android apps from Play Store. 
If you’re a Chrome for business customer, the managed Google Play Store is available for these Chromebooks using Chrome OS version 53 and later. For Chrome for education, the managed Google Play Store is supported on Chrome OS version 56 and later.
Before you begin
 
 
 
 
Enable Android apps for Chrome OS in your domain
Android apps on Chrome OS use the Android and Google Play management framework.

If you enable Android apps and the domain already has an Android for business subscription that uses a third party Enterprise Mobility Manager (EMM) (such as VMware AirWatch® or MobileIron), then the existing subscription and EMM combination is used, but other aspects of managing Android apps on Chrome OS are managed through the Google Admin Console.
If you enable Android apps and the domain doesn’t have an Android for business subscription, one is created automatically and Google Device Manager is selected as the EMM.
1.     Sign in to the Google Admin console.
2.     Click Device management.
3.     On the left, click Chrome management.
4.     Click Android application settings.
5.     Select Enable Android applications to be managed through the Admin Console.
You must be a domain administrator to enable this option.
6.     (Optional) Click Billing. Verify that an Android management subscription appears on the billing page.
7.     (Optional) Click Security > Manage EMM provider for Android. Verify that Google Device Manager is listed as your EMM provider. If you already have Google Mobile Management or a third party EMM as your EMM provider, then that provider will be listed, even though Android Apps on Chrome have been enabled.
Note: Enabling Android apps on Chrome OS for your domain does not automatically enable it for individual users. To give users access to the apps you must also enable the apps for organizational units.

Install Android apps on Chrome devices
1.     Sign in to the Google Admin console.
2.     Click Device management nd then Chrome management nd then App management.
3.     Use the App Type filter setting to display Android Apps.
4.     Use the Type filter setting to display My Configured Apps or Approved Android Apps.
5.     Click dd Approve Android Apps.
6.     Search for, and click the app you’d like to approve.
7.     Click Approve.
8.     To accept the app permissions on behalf of your organization, click Approve.
9.     Click Ok.
You can also approve apps in managed Google Play.
1.     Sign in to managed Google Play, using a managed Google Play administrator account.
2.     Search for, and click the app you’d like to approve.
3.     Click Approve.
4.     To accept the app permissions on behalf of your organization, click Approve.
5.     Click Ok.
6.     (Optional) To view a list of all approved apps for your organization, click My company apps from the Apps menu.

The Google Play for business help center contains detailed information on how to manage apps and app licenses for use in your organization.
You can specify the type of installation available for each of your approved apps. You can create a subset of apps that users can choose to install, and also create a different subset of apps that the system automatically installs for every user in the organizational unit.
Force the installation of approved apps
From the list of apps you approved in managed Google Play, you can choose a subset that the system automatically installs for every user in the organizational unit. When the user logs into the device, the system automatically starts to download these apps.
Note: This policy is independent of any other Android phone or tablet policy you have in place with a third-party EMM. That means that you can have one set of apps configured to force-install on your Android phones and tablets using a third party EMM, and a different set of apps configured to force-install on Chromebooks using the Admin Console.
1.     Sign in to the Google Admin console.
2.     Click Apps.
3.     Click Additional Google services.
4.     Click Chrome management.
5.     Click App Management.
6.     On the left, select Android Apps from the App Type filter menu.
7.     Click the app you want to configure.
8.     Click User settings.
9.     On the left, select the relevant OU from the Orgs tree.
10.   Turn on Force installation.
11.   Turn on Pin to taskbar.
12.   Click Save.
Note: While the apps are being downloaded, the user can see a STOP button. If they press it the download is stopped. Another attempt at installation is made at the next login and install attempts will continue until the apps are successfully installed or until the app is no longer part of the list of apps that are force-installed.

Allow the installation of approved apps
If you don’t want to force the installation of apps you can create a list of apps that your users can voluntarily choose to install. The apps must be selected from the apps that you have approved in managed Google Play.
Note: If your organization is using a third-party EMM to manage Android phones or tablets, this option is not available to you. If the EMM has joined managed Google Play, the user sees the store layout as designed by the EMM in the managed Google Play store on their Chromebook.
If the EMM has not joined managed Google Play, the user sees an empty managed Google Play store on their Chromebook, and the only way for them to get Android apps is to configure the forced installation of approved apps.
1.     Sign in to the Google Admin console.
2.     Click Apps.
3.     Click Additional Google services.
4.     Click Chrome management.
5.     Click App Management.
6.     On the left, select Android Apps from the App Type filter menu.
7.     Click the app you want to configure.
8.     Click User settings.
9.     On the left, select the relevant OU from the Orgs tree.
10.   Turn on Allow installation.
11.   Click Save.
Apps configured to allow installation, appear in the Store home section of the managed Google Play store on the users’ dev
Before you let Google Play Store be installed on Chrome devices, make sure you’ve approved and configured apps for users. Otherwise, they might see an empty Google Play Store on their device.
1.     Sign in to the Google Admin console.
2.     Click Device management.
3.     On the left, click Chrome management.
4.     Click User Settings.
5.     On the left, select the organization to which you want to apply the settings. Learn more.
6.     Go to the Android applications section, select Allow from the Android applications on Chrome Devices (BETA) menu.
7.     At the bottom, click Save.
Settings typically take effect in minutes. But they might take up to an hour to apply for everyone.

For more information for Chromebook Management- https://goo.gl/IMl8Bu  - Paperback/Kindle Edition)

 

21 comments:

  1. So does that mean a regular person will not be able to install and use the MobileIron Android App on their Chromebook?

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    1. Yes, it does, A regular person can insall and use Android App on Chromebook. The blog's explaining on how to manage the cooperate or school's Chromebook which registered in their domain.

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  3. I have approved 3 android apps under my gsuite account, they show up when I open the playstore. But when I go back and unapprove an app it still comes up in the playstore on the chromebook. Do you know how to get rid of the apps that have been unapproved?

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    1. You need to go to the menu - Device Management > Chrome >App Management with your G Suite Admin account and set the Filters as 'Android Apps' for App Type. You can add or delete the Approved Android Apps'

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    3. Hi, thanks for the reply. When I do as you say it says "No apps found" There is a circle with + sign in it to add, I can add apps, they then show up in the play store on the chromebook, but not where you said I could delete them? So, I am stuck with every one I add, and cannot get rid of them.

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    4. Could you please let me know what apps you want to delete are?

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    5. Hi, Yes the three apps I have listed that I want to get rid of are WiFi Analyzer, Netflix and Screenmeet. I do not want these apps on the Chromebook I was just trying to find out how this all hung together, they are not installed, although I did install and un-install one of the apps to see if I could then delete it, but no luck. I also have a normal Gmail account (Not G-suite) if I switch accounts to that one the Play Store behaves as I would expect.

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    6. I think it seems G Suite's administrator force to install three apps in your G Suite domain. If you are the administrator, you can delete the apps. Otherwise, you need to ask to the administrator so that three apps can be deleted. Normally, Administrator can force to install approved Android apps into G Suite users.

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    7. Thanks, I am the administrator and the only person using this G Suite account, but still I cannot delete those apps, I had two apps there at first, then tried a few things with the third app, now I have three apps I can't get rid of.

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    8. Okay. If you are administrator, you can go to the 'Device Menagement > Chrome > App Management' and select the Filters as Android apps.
      And then, you can see the circle '+' and click the circle '+' at the right down corner. Please try to search the apps' at the Google Play. (e.g, netflix you want to delete) and you can cancel the approved app after searching the app in Google Play. After canceling the approved app, the app should be deleted at the list.

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    9. Hello, thanks again. I have done what you said, I am not sure what you mean by 'cancel'? I can approve and unapprove those theee apps, but they still remain, it's as though I can add apps but never remove them.

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    10. It would be helpful if you can look at the bellowing docs -
      https://goo.gl/5z899X

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    11. Hello, I have looked at those docs. They are basically what you suggested I did in an earlier message. I have done those things, but the three apps are still in the Play Store for G Suite. I think the problem lies in some other setting within the G Suite admin area, but I don't know what?

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