Staging corporate Android devices

This week is all about the recently ability to stage Android Enterprise devices. That ability enables IT administrators to further prepare devices before actually giving them to the user. In a way, staging Android Enterprise devices is similar to pre-provisioning Windows devices. In other words, a method to prepare the device for the user and to simplify and fasten the user experience to get up-and-running. Before, the IT administrator would generate an enrollment token that could be used by the user to start the enrollment process. The user would then sign in and walk through the guided enrollment process. Now, with the staging ability, the IT administrator still generates an enrollment token, but instead of directly sharing that with the user, it’s used by the …

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Remotely locating corporate-owned Android Enterprise devices

This week is all about remotely locating corporate-owned Android Enterprise devices. More specifically, about the configurations that are related to remotely locating those devices. With one of the latest service updates of Microsoft Intune (2401) a new configuration was introduced to specifically block the location on corporate-owned Android Enterprise devices. That configuration, however, has a direct impact on the ability to locate those devices. Besides that, the availability of remotely locating the device depends on the Android Enterprise deployment method. So, multiple reasons why the ability of remotely locating devices could be unavailable. This post will focus on the available settings related to the location of Android Enterprise devices, followed with the steps to configure those settings. This post will end with the user experience. …

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Welcome to the still growing Android device management jungle: A summary

The second short post of this week is another extension of one of my sessions at the Workplace Ninja Summit 2022. At the summit I did my second session about Welcome to the still growing Android device management jungle. During that session I shared information around the still growing device management options for Android devices, pointers that can help with making the right decisions and information around the different configuration options. This post will provide a quick summary of that session by going through the different management options, providing important differences and summarizing the main configuration capabilities. The slides (PDF) of that session are available for download here. Android (device) management options When looking at the Android (device) management options, there are many options. And the number …

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Backup and restore Android Enterprise fully managed devices

This week is something completely different compared to the last couple of weeks. This week is back to the Android platform. More specifically, backing up and restoring data on Android Enterprise fully managed devices. An often heard challenge with Android Enterprise managed devices, is the lack of available functionalities for restoring data from an old device to a new device. So, the ability to backup the data on the old device and to restore the data on the new device. That’s challenging as there is simply a lack of available backup functionality when relying on Android Enterprise. The Samsung Smart Switch app could be a solution for that challenge. It enables users to seamlessly transfers contacts, photos, music, videos, messages, notes, calendars and more to …

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Quick tip: Enable browser access on Android Enterprise corporate-owned devices

This week a quick tip about enabling browser access on Android Enterprise Corporate-Owned Fully Managed devices and Android Enterprise Corporate-Owned devices with Work Profile, to work with device-based Conditional Access. That will enable the user to eventually use different apps for accessing company data. That includes for example using the Chrome browser app for accessing SharePoint Online or Exchange Online. On the Android Enterprise devices, this requires a configuration in the Microsoft Authenticator app. In this post I’ll simply provide the steps that are required within the Microsoft Authenticator app. Note: Before providing the mentioned steps, a big thank you to Pat Freeman for pointing me in the right direction. Enable browser access in the Microsoft Authenticator app When knowing the availability of the setting, …

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Creating a custom look-and-feel across Android Enterprise fully managed devices

This week is all about Android Enterprise fully managed devices. More specifically, this week is all about creating a single look-and-feel across all Android Enterprise fully managed devices by using the Microsoft Launcher app. Similar to working with Android Enterprise dedicated devices and using the Managed Home Screen app. The Microsoft Launcher app provides many configuration options that can be configured by using an app configuration policy. That in combination with the recently introduced feature to configure the Microsoft Launcher app as the default launcher, enables the administrator to create a custom look-and-feel across all Android Enterprise fully managed devices. In this post I’ll show how to add the Microsoft Launcher app, how to configure the Microsoft Launcher app and how to configure the default …

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Android Enterprise and Microsoft Intune

This week is all about the device management jungle of Android Enterprise. I should have discussed this subject a long time ago, but better late than never. Especially when I’m still seeing many question marks when discussing Android Enterprise. With the release of Android 10.0 coming to the different existing Android devices now, the purpose of this post is to create an overview of the different enterprise deployment scenarios of Android Enterprise, including the Microsoft Intune specific additions, and the different related enrollment methods. Everything focussed on providing a good starting point for managing Android devices. The main trigger is the nearing end of Android device administrator with the release of Android 10.0. Earlier I provided the steps for simplifying the migration of Android device …

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