Mobile Guardian allows you to mass assign ChromeOS applications from the Applications menu. For administrators who manage Chrome policies from the Google Admin console the ability to assign applications on the Mobile Guardian dashboard will be determined by your Google Admin console settings.
You can automatically install (force-install) specific Chrome apps and extensions for users in your organization. Users then see these apps and extensions when using Chrome on managed devices or accounts.
To push out an application to ChromeOS devices, we use Tags. Tags allow you to specify exactly which devices will be eligible to install the app from the Google Chrome Web Store, whilst at the same time allowing you to assign the application to either home owned, school-owned, or both types of devices.
The self-install option is available for ChromeOS and will add the specified application to the My Catalogue section of the Mobile Guardian extension on the device. From here, the end-user can trigger the installation - think of this like creating your own bespoke app store for each device!
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Let's get going!
Adding a ChromeOS application
I. First login to your dashboard and select Applications
II. Click on the Chrome OS button.
III. From the drop-down that appears select "application search"
IV. Search for a ChromeOS application by entering the name in the field provided and click "Search"
V. Once search results return, select the add icon to select an application.
Great! You have selected an application and can now proceed to the next step
Time to configure the settings.
In the steps below we will set up the application for install
I. Scrolling down you will find the settings section
Under the Self-install Settings, you will be given the option to assign it to all school-owned devices, all school-owned devices, both or neither.
III. You can enable the flags (School owned/home owned) by clicking on the sliders.
Alternatively, you can add your own tags in the field provided by typing in the name and either select an existing tag from the drop-down list or you can hit enter after typing in the new tag and it will create a new one.
IV. Once you have made the changes to the settings, make sure to click Add on the bottom right to save the settings and add the application to the dashboard.
Well done! you have configured the applications settings for Install
Note: Your application, if using flags for all school-owned or home owned, will be visible in the My Catalogue section of the Mobile Guardian extension at the next device refresh.
With Tags, any Chromebook with the necessary tag will reflect the application in the My Catalogue section of the Mobile Guardian extension
In the My catalog, you will then have the ability to click on the app to download/Install on the Chromebook device.
Congratulations! You have now added the application to both device and dashboard.
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