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Manage individual apps on Chrome

In the Google Admin console, you can configure settings and policies for individual Chrome and Android apps used in your organization, including:

  • Specifying apps that users can install.
  • Specifying apps that are automatically installed (force-installed) on user devices
  • Customizing apps by uploading a configuration file.
  • Deploying an app as a Chrome kiosk app.
  • Pinning apps to the taskbar on Chrome devices.
  • Recommending Chrome Web Store apps to your users.

You can also configure the settings and policies for Chrome apps at the organizational unit level, such as force-installing apps and extensions and specifying apps and extensions that your users can install.

Manage settings and policies for a specific app:

  1. Sign in to the Google Admin console.
  2. Click Device management > Chrome management > App management.
    The list of apps you have configured in all organizational units in your domain and the status of each app is displayed. Click the blue link under Status to see which organizational units that status applies to.
  3. Use the App Type filter setting to display Chrome Apps or Android Apps.
  4. Use the Type filter setting to display approved or configured Android apps, or to display domain, business, or configured Chrome apps, or business extensions.
  5. Select the app you want to manage.
  6. Select the category of settings you want to configure:
    User settings: Configure the app for users who log in with an account in your domain.
    Public session settings: Configure the app for users that log in to a public session on your devices.
    Kiosk settings: Deploy the app as a Kiosk App (displayed only if the app is kiosk-enabled in the app’s manifest file). 
  7. Select the organizational unit where you want to configure settings.
    If you want to configure policies and settings for everyone in the organizational unit, select the top-level organizational unit. Otherwise select one of the child organizational units.
  8. Select your settings (described in the table below), and click Save.

Chrome App Management settings

Setting Category Description
Allow installation User
Public session
Lets users install the app.
Force installation User
Public session
Installs the app automatically and prevents users from removing it.
Configure User
Public session

Uploads a configuration file to install customized policies and settings supported by the app (only available if the app supports a configuration file).

See Configure a Chrome App for more information about configuring Chrome Apps. Or, see Configuring Apps and Extensions by Policy to learn how to configure policies using APIs.

Allow access to client certificates and keys User
Public session
Allows the app to read and use client certificates. Even if you have enabled Android Apps on supported Chrome devices in your organization, this policy cannot be used to grant Android apps access to client certificates and keys.
Add to Chrome Web Store collection User Recommends this app to your users in the Chrome Web Store.
Pin to taskbar User
Public session
Pins the app to the taskbar if it's installed (Chrome devices only).
Install automatically Kiosk Installs the app automatically on kiosk devices.
Allow app to manage power Kiosk Lets the app call the power APIs to modify the default Chrome device behavior.
Enable unified desktop (BETA) Kiosk

Lets users span an app across multiple monitors or TVs. When disabled, users can still use 2 external displays, but individual windows will be in one display or the other, even if the desktop is extended across both.

  • Up to 2 external displays are supported.
  • Unified desktop is intended to work across monitors of the same resolution.
  • When enabled, unified desktop is the default mode when a user connects a monitor to their device.
Disable virtual keyboard Kiosk Disables the virtual keyboard (VK) for this app. When disabled the VK never pops up, even on devices with touch screens or with touch enabled.
Plugins Kiosk You have three options:
  1. Run plug-ins automatically
  2. Block all plug-ins
  3. No policy set (default = run plug-ins automatically)
Learn more about Managing Flash on Chrome.
Treat top-row keys as function keys Kiosk Determines the default behavior of the top row of keys on the keyboard. When you turn on this setting, the keys act as function keys (e.g. F1, F2). When this setting is turned off, they act as media keys. Users can turn a function key to a media key (and vice versa) by holding down the search key.
Maintenance window Kiosk Specifies the start and end time (local time) of a maintenance window for this kiosk app. At the start time, the kiosk app is automatically stopped and maintenance activities, such as pending app updates, are performed on the app. At the end time, the app is automatically started again.
Setting inherited/Override User
Public session
The setting is inherited from a parent organizational unit that has the setting configured. Select Override if you don’t want this app to inherit settings.
Setting overridden/Inherit User
Public session
The setting from a parent organizational unit is overridden. Select Inherit if you want this app to inherit settings.
Device settings page Kiosk Configures a kiosk app to launch automatically on the device settings page. Click the link, navigate to Kiosk Settings, and select the kiosk app you want to launch automatically from the Auto-Launch Kiosk App drop-down list. This configures the app as a Single App Kiosk. You can have many kiosk apps deployed to a device but only one can launch automatically when the device boots.
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