Management types

The Google Play EMM API includes a Devices resource that represents each entity that’s managed by an EMM and associated with a specific user. At your customer sites, devices are managed using your EMM console and your device policy controller (DPC). Organizations provide apps to users through managed Google Play.

Devices and management types

If your DPC manages an entire device, the device has a managementType value of managedDevice. If your DPC manages only the work profile, the device has a managementType of managedProfile , which represents only the managed profile on the physical device. These devices are called “managed devices.”

Devices with an unmanagedProfile management type are called “unmanaged devices,” including:

  • Legacy devices that run Android versions earlier than 5.0 or don’t support work profiles.
  • Devices that aren’t controlled by a DPC and don’t have managedDevice or managedProfile as their management type. For example, a G Suite administrator at an organization could allow users to add their corporate email accounts to their personal Android devices without setting up a work profile.

What you can do with the unmanagedProfile management type

Using the unmanagedProfile management type, users of legacy devices can get apps through their organizations’ managed Google Play store, and:

  • Access private apps that are made available to them using per-user and per-app ACLs.
  • Draw down licences from bulk-licensed applications purchased by their business.
  • Access managed Google Play to install apps recommended and curated by an administrator.

In addition, administrators can see which work apps are installed on the device.

You can use the unmanagedProfile management type on devices that run Android versions earlier than 5.0 or devices that don’t support work profiles. If a device supports work profiles, use the managedDevice or managedProfile management types.

A user has to agree to the Terms of Service (ToS) presented when they attempt to access managed Google Play for the first time. After a user agrees to the ToS:

  • An unmanagedProfile record is created in managed Google Play for each unmanaged device a user has.
  • You can see the devices on the Google Play EMM API.
  • The user can install apps in the same way as users whose devices are managed directly by your DPC.

Summary of resources, methods, and management types

Resource and method           Description managed
Devices.get Returns a Devices resource that contains details about the device.
Devices.getState Retrieves whether a device's access to Google services is enabled or disabled. ✔ (Google- managed users only) ✔ (Google- managed users only)
Devices.list Retrieves a list of Device resources for the specified userID.
Devices.setState Sets whether a device's access to Google services is enabled or disabled. Requires setting up mobile device management for Android devices in the Google Admin console. ✔ (Google- managed users only) ✔ (Google- managed users only)
Entitlements.delete Removes the entitlement and the
app from the device.
✔ (the app isn't removed from the device)
Entitlements.update When invoked with the optional install parameter, attempts to install the app on the device along with assigning the entitlement to the user.
Installs.get Retrieves the details of an app installation on a device. ✔ (limited to apps installed by the work account)
Installs.list Retrieves the details of all apps installed on a device. ✔ (limited to apps installed by the work account)
Installs.delete Requests to remove an app from a device.
Installs.update Requests to install the latest app version on a device.