Block installation of unmanaged mobile apps

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Requires advanced mobile management

As an admin, you can prevent users from installing mobile apps that aren't managed. An app is managed when you add it to the Web and mobile apps list.

Note: These settings don't remove or block apps already installed on devices. To prevent app access to Google services, you can use app access control:

  1. For individual apps of concern, you can block or limit access.
  2. For Google services that you want to hide from any app you don't explicitly trust (by adding to your Web and mobile app list), you can set the service as restricted.

Block unmanaged Android app installation

  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 Devices.
  3. To apply the setting to everyone, leave the top organizational unit selected. Otherwise, select a child organizational unit.
  4. On the left, click App Managementand thenManage apps for Android devices.
  5. Select Restrict app availability to whitelisted apps only.
  6. Click Save. If you configured a child organizational unit, you might be able to Inherit or Override a parent organizational unit's settings.

Changes typically take effect in minutes, but can take up to 24 hours. For details, see How changes propagate to Google services.  

Block unmanaged iOS app installation

Supervised company-owned iPhones and iPads only

  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 Devices.
  3. On the left, click Settingsand theniOS settingsand thenApps and servicesand thenApp installation.
  4. To apply the setting to everyone, leave the top organizational unit selected. Otherwise, select a child organizational unit.
  5. Uncheck the Allow users to install apps box. When unchecked, users can't access the App Store and apps bought on other devices can't download automatically. Users can still download allowed apps through the Google Device Policy app.
  6. Click Save. If you configured a child organizational unit, you might be able to Inherit or Override a parent organizational unit's settings.
Changes typically take effect in minutes, but can take up to 24 hours. For details, see How changes propagate to Google services.  

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