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:
- Sign in to the Google Admin console.
- 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.
- Use the App Type filter setting to display Chrome Apps or Android Apps.
- Use the Type filter setting to display approved or configured Android apps, or to display domain, business, or configured Chrome apps, or business extensions.
- Select the app you want to manage.
- 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).
- 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.
- Select your settings (described in the table below), and click Save.
Chrome App Management settings
|Lets users install the app.|
|Installs the app automatically and prevents users from removing it.|
Uploads a configuration file to install customized policies and settings supported by the app (only available if the app supports a configuration file).
|Allow access to client certificates and keys||User
|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
|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.
|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:
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|