Create web apps for Android devices

This feature requires advanced mobile management.

You can use the Google Admin console to publish web apps to managed Google Play. A web app is an Android app that you create using a website address (URL), icon image, and title. When a user opens a web app on their device, the app’s URL opens in Chrome Browser. Web apps are only available to users in your organization and can’t be made public. You distribute them to your users just like other Android apps.

Manage web apps

Step 1: Open the Web apps page
  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Device management.

    To see Device management, you might have to click More controls at the bottom.

  3. On the left, click App Management and then Manage apps for Android devices.
  4. Click Manage Whitelisted Apps.
  5. At the bottom, click Add Add.
  6. On the left, click Web apps Web apps.
  7. Use the steps below to publish and manage web apps.
Step 2: Publish a web app

Your web app’s title and icon must comply with certain policies. If the title or icon you provide uses another app or entity’s brand, title, logo, or name, your app may not be published. Unpublished apps are listed as Not available yet on the Web apps page. For details, see Google Play Developer Program Policies.

  1. Follow the steps above to open the Web apps page.
  2. At the bottom, click Add Create.
  3. Add a title for your web app as you want it to appear on managed Google Play.
  4. Enter an HTTPS or HTTP URL for your web app.
  5. Choose a display mode:
    • Full screen—The app opens in full screen mode, hiding the device’s status and navigation bars.
    • Standalone—The device’s status bar and navigation bar are visible when the app is open (default).
    • Minimal UI—The device’s status bar, navigation bar, the app’s URL, and a refresh button are visible when the app is open. For HTTP URLs, you can only select this option.

    Display mode only applies to pages belonging to the URL. If your web app’s URL redirects to a different website, the site will open in Chrome Browser.

  6. Click Upload icon.
  7. Select your icon and click upload.

    Tip: We recommend using a 512 x 512, JPG or 32-bit PNG for your icon.

  8. At the bottom, click Create.

    Web apps are usually published in 10 minutes. During publishing or if publishing fails, the Web apps page lists the app as Not available yet.

  9. Distribute your app (see below).
Step 3: Distribute web apps

To use web apps, your user’s devices must have Google Chrome installed. Web apps are automatically whitelisted for your organization when they’re published. To distribute a web app to your users:

  1. Follow the steps above to open the Web apps page.
  2. Click the web app you want to distribute.
  3. Click Select and choose your whitelisting preferences. For details, see Add an app.
Step 4: Edit a web app
  1. Follow the steps above to open the Web apps page.
  2. Click the web app you want to edit.
  3. Click Edit.
  4. Make any changes and click Save changes.
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