How to Add Android Managed Google Play App in Intune

In this post, you will learn how to Add Android Managed Google Play App in Intune. After adding the store apps, you can make the Android app installed or available for Android devices.

Managed Google Play is Google’s enterprise app store and sole source of applications for Android Enterprise in Intune. You can directly browse and approve Managed Google Play store apps in the Intune console, and If you prefer to synchronize a Managed Google Play app with Intune rather than adding it directly using Intune.

There are three types of apps that are available with Managed Google Play, Managed Google Play store app that is generally available in the Play Store. Managed Google Play private app are LOB apps published to Managed Google Play by Intune admins and Managed Google Play web link that is deployable to Android Enterprise devices with IT admin-defined icons.

Store apps, line-of-business (LOB) apps, and web apps are approved in or added to Managed Google Play, and then synchronized into Intune so that they appear in the Client Apps list. Once they appear in the Client Apps list, you can manage the assignment of any Managed Google Play app.

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If you are interested to know how the management has evolved and the different management modes that are on Android Enterprise, Joy will be talking about Android Management in general with Intune Android Management With Intune | Android Enterprise.

Android App Types in Microsoft Intune

Intune supports a wide range of app types for Android. The available options differ for each app type. Intune lets you add and assign the following app types to Android devices.

  • Android Store apps
  • Managed Google Play app
  • Web link
  • Built-In app
  • Line of business app
  • Android Enterprise system app
Android App Types in Microsoft Intune
Android App Types in Microsoft Intune

How to Add Android Managed Google Play Store App in Intune portal

Let’s follow the steps to add Managed Google Play store app directly in the Intune console. When you enroll an Android device in Intune, by default most of the system apps are not available. In the below step, you will learn how to deploy the Microsoft Edge Android app.

Click on Android - Add Android Managed Google Play App in Intune 1
Click on Android – Add Android Managed Google Play App in Intune 1

To add Android app, click the +Add button.

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Click +Add – Add Android Managed Google Play App in Intune 2

On the Select app type pane, under the store app, select Managed Google Play app and click Select.

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Select app type – Add Android Managed Google Play App in Intune 3

In the Managed Google Play, based on your requirement type the app name in the search box and click on the search icon. For Example, I searched for Microsoft Edge.

Note – Your Intune tenant account must be connected to your Android Enterprise account to browse Managed Google Play store apps.

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Managed Google Play – Add Android Managed Google Play App in Intune 4

On the page that displays the app, click Approve. A window for the app opens asking you to give permission for the app to perform various operations. Select Approve to accept the app permissions.

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Click on Approve – Add Android Managed Google Play App in Intune 5

Select Keep approved when app requests new permissions in the Approval Settings tab and then click Done.

Note – If you do not choose this option, you will need to manually approve any new permissions if the app developer publishes an update. This will cause installations and updates of the app to stop until permissions are approved. For this reason, it is recommended to select the option to automatically approve new permissions.

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Select App Permission – Add Android Managed Google Play App in Intune 6

Here you can see the selected app is approved, Click Select to select the app, and Click Sync at the top of the blade to sync the app with the Managed Google Play service.

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Approved Managed Google Play Apps – Add Android Managed Google Play App in Intune 7

The newly added app will be displayed here in the Android Apps, Click Refresh to update the app list.

The next step is to Assign applications to at least one group for the deployment. Select the added managed google play app from the list to modify the deployment. 

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Android Apps Added – Add Android Managed Google Play App in Intune 8

Select the application and select Properties. Scroll down and click on Edit in the Assignments.

Note – App availability can be set based on the assignment type. Assignment type can be Required, Available for enrolled devices, Available with or without enrollment, or Uninstall.

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Android App Properties – Add Android Managed Google Play App in Intune 8

After you’ve selected assignments, select Next. The next screen will appear with the Summary, Review the selection and click Save. 

Important – Available assignments are only valid for User Groups, not device groups. Selecting “Add all users” creates an assignment for all Intune licensed users in your organization. You can only use “All users” for one type of assignment. Additionally “All users” can not be excluded.

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Android App Assignments – Add Android Managed Google Play App in Intune 9

A notification will appear automatically in the top right-hand corner with a message. Here you can see, Application saved successfully.

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Store App Saved – Add Android Managed Google Play App in Intune 10

On an Android device, within a few moments, you will see Microsoft Edge is available to install. Users can proceed to install and you can monitor the progress from Intune console.

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Store Apps – Add Android Managed Google Play App in Intune 11

Author

About Author – Jitesh, Microsoft MVP, has over five years of working experience in the IT Industry. He writes and shares his experiences related to Microsoft device management technologies and IT Infrastructure management. His primary focus is Windows 10 Deployment solution with Configuration Manager, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), and Microsoft Intune.

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