Push apps to Android devices using Microsoft Endpoint Manager (Intune)

When a device (iOS, Android, Mac, Windows) is enrolled into Mobile Device Management (MDM) to Microsoft Endpoint Manager (Intune), applications can be pushed to that device. These apps can be custom line of business (LOB), apps from a public marketplace i.e. Apple App Store, Google Play Store, Microsoft Store), win32 (Windows only),etc.

In this blog we will cover how to push an app to an Android device using Microsoft Endpoint Manager. This is assuming a device is already enrolled (for instructions on how to enroll see:

Android Corporate Owned Fully Managed MDM Enrollment

How to MDM Enroll Android Devices (Personal w/ Work Profile)

What apps can be pushed to an Android device?

The following apps can be pushed to an Android device:

  • Android Store apps
  • Managed Google Play app
  • Web links
  • Built-In Apps
  • Line of Business Apps
  • Android Enterprise System App

For more information see Add apps to Microsoft Intune https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/mem/intune/apps/apps-add

Add app to Microsoft Endpoint Manager

Browse to https://endpoint.microsoft.com and navigate to Apps ->Android

Click Add -> choose Managed Google Play App and click Select. Notice the other app types under Other.

Type Microsoft Edge in the search box and press Enter

Click Microsoft Edge then click Approve

Click Approve again to approve the permissions

Then click Done


Next click Sync


Click Microsoft Edge on the Android Apps screen

Click Properties then click Edit next to Assignments

For demo purposes, we are going to deploy this app to all users. Intune/Microsoft Endpoint Manager is intelligent to know that if you are on an Android device to push the app, but if you are on an iOS/iPadOS device to not push the app.

You can also create a security group (recommend practice) add the users to that group and then assign that group, or create a dynamic device security group and assign to devices.

On Assignments screen click Add all users under Required then click Review + save

Then click Save

Time to Test!

On my Android device, within a few moments I will see a notification appear indicating Microsoft Edge was successfully installed

On the home screen the app will be shown, indicating it was installed

Lastly, in the Google Play store, tapping on the Microsoft Edge app you will notice Per your administrator, this app may not be uninstalled

It’s that easy!

Confirm App Deployment from Intune/Microsoft Endpoint Manager

Let’s go back to Microsoft Endpoint Manager, and navigate to the Microsoft Edge app screen. (You can also get here by browsing to Apps -> Android -> Microsoft Edge)

Clicking on Device Install Status will show the app is installed on the Android device

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