Support COSU devices with Android Enterprise using SureMDM

 

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COSU or corporate-owned, single-use devices refers to business-owned Android devices which are optimized and deployed for single, dedicated purposes. It could be a locked field device for the mobile workforce, a portable point of sale device or even a digital kiosk for your business which the company has the most control over than the device users(or employees).

SureMDM now offers an easy way to enroll, deploy and manage such business-owned Android device through COSU profile using Android Enterprise platform. Once these devices are set with COSU profile, there are host of features that can be remotely applied for secure mobility and mobile app management.

There are two ways to enroll SureMDM account with Android Enterprise:

  • Using Gmail Account
  • Using Managed Google Account

 

1. Using Gmail Account

    The following steps are involved in enrolling SureMDM with Android Enterprise

  • Enroll Android Enterprise in SureMDM 
  • Activate Android Enterprise’s COSU profile on the device

Enroll Android Enterprise in SureMDM 

To enroll Android Enterprise, follow these steps:

1.  Login to SureMDM Web Console.

2.  On SureMDM Home Screen, click Profiles.

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3. Select Android > Enroll Android Enterprise.

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4. On Enterprise Enrollment prompt, select Enroll using your Gmail account.

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5.  On Google Play screen, click Sign In to login with the Gmail account and click Next.

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6.  Enter your organization name in Business Name and click Next.

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7.  Enter EU Representative details: Name, Email, Phone and click Confirm.  

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A message will be displayed on completion of Android Enterprise setup.

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8.  Click Complete Registration.

Once Android Enterprise gets enrolled to the MDM account,  two new options are visible in Android Profiles screen.

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  1. AFW Apps

         Under AFW Apps, there are following options:

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  • Login to Google Play for Work – This option displays a list of Enterprise Approved Apps.  To approve apps, go to Google Play for Work, log in using the same Gmail account enrolled with Android Enterprise and start approving apps.
  • Configure StoreLayout – Admin can use the basic layout or create a new page to display all Enterprise Approved Apps

2. Settings – This option allows to change store layout, keep track of Enterprise Approved Apps and licenses, direct enrollment of devices in COSU using QR code enrollment and option to unenroll from Android Enterprise.

Activate Android Enterprise’s COSU profile on the device

Note: If an existing device is being enrolled under COSU profile, it has to be factory reset.

1.  Take a new device or factory reset the existing device.

2.  On the Language page, select the desired Language and tap Start.

3. Connect the device with Wi-Fi network.

4. Next, on Add your account screen, enter Email as afw#sureMDM and tap Next.

5. Next, go through Google services and Accept to go to the next screen.

6. On Android for Work screen, SureMDM Nix Agent will be listed, tap Install.

7. SureMDM Nix Agent will start downloading

8.  On Android Enterprise Configuration, select Skip Encryption and tap Next.

9. On Set up your profile screen, tap Set Up.

The Device will turn into kiosk mode with SureMDM Nix application.   

2. Using Managed Google Account

The following steps are involved in enrolling SureMDM with Android Enterprise:

  • Enable Android Enterprise for your SureMDM account
  • Activate Android Enterprise’s COSU profile on the device

 Enable Android Enterprise for your SureMDM account

To enroll Android Enterprise in SureMDM, follow these steps:

1.  Login to SureMDM Web Console.

2.  On SureMDM Home Screen, click Profiles.Select_Profiles

3. Select Android > Enroll Android Enterprise.

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4.  On Enterprise Enrollment prompt, select Enroll Using Your Managed Google Account.

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5.   Enter Google Managed Domain and EMM Token and click Enroll.

 

 Note: To generate EMM Token, follow these steps:

1.  Browse for admin.google.com in the browser

2.  Enter G Suite admin domain Id and Password

3.  Click Login.

     Google Admin console will appear.

4.  In Google admin console, click Security option.

5.  In Security window, click Show more.

6.  Click Manage EMM provider for Android and click Generate Token.

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Token will be generated as shown below:

Copy the generated token and paste it in EMM Token field in SureMDM Console

Android Enterprise will be enrolled to the web console.

Activate Android Enterprise’s COSU profile on the device

Note: If an existing device is being enrolled under COSU profile, it has to be factory reset.

To activate Android Enterprise’s COSU profile, follow these steps:

1.  Take a new device or factory reset the existing device.

2.  On the Language page, select the desired Language and tap Start.

3.  Connect the device with Wi-Fi network.

4.  Tap Accept and Continue to use the same settings.

5. Enter domain details: User Name, Password and tap Next.

6. Go through the Terms of Service and tap I agree.

7.On Google Services screen, select the required options and tap Next.

8.  On the next screen, SureMDM Nix application will be listed and tap Install.

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9. SureMDM Nix Agent will start downloading and on the next screen tap Install.

SureMDM Nix Agent download process

10.  On Android Enterprise Configuration, select Skip Encryption and tap Next.

11.  On Set up your profile screen, tap Set Up.

Set up device

After setting the device owner, the device will turn into kiosk mode with SureMDM Nix application.

12. Launch Nix app in the same window and enroll in SureMDM console using Manual or scan QR Code options.

    Once enrolled, SureMDM nix home screen will appear as shown below:

Note: To enroll COSU using Scan QR code, follow these steps:

1. Login to SureMDM Web Console.

2. On SureMDM Home Screen, click Profiles > Android > Settings > QR Code Enrollment.

3. On QR Code Enrollment prompt, enter or select the options:

  • WiFi SSID
  • WiFi Password
  • Skip Encryption – If device is not encrypted, you can skip encryption
  • Select Group
  • Select Device Name

4.  Click Generate QR Code.

 A QR code will appear. User should tap 5 times on language screen to install QR reader and then scan the QR from the console. Once QR code is read, COSU enrollment will be initiated and the device will start in kiosk mode with SureMDM Nix application.

Android Enterprise also offers BYOD features to improve Android device usability, security, and flexibility in the business environment. You can explore SureMDM offerings for BYOD here.

 

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