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Force install apps and extensions

You can automatically install (or force-install) specific Chrome apps and extensions for users in your organization. Users see these apps and extensions in their Chrome browser, or on a Chrome device, when they're signed in to their G Suite account.

Most Chrome apps and extensions are in the Chrome Web Store. You can also force-install third-party apps and extensions. Users can’t remove items that are force-installed. The items also bypass any blocked apps and extensions.

Before you begin

Before you can force-install apps or extensions for your users, you need to turn on their Chrome Web Store service in your Admin console. You can find this service in your Admin console by going to Apps > Additional Google Services. For detailed steps, see Turn Additional Google Services on or off.

How to force-install

Force install several apps
  1. Sign in to the Google Admin console.
  2. From the Admin console dashboard, click Device management. Where is it?
  3. On the left, click Chrome management.
  4. Click User settings and under Organizations on the left, select the organizational unit where you want to force-install apps and extensions.
    To install items for everyone your account, select the top-level organizational unit. 
  5. In the Force-installed Apps and Extensions section, click Manage force-installed apps.
    Tip: Use the search bar to quickly find the section.
  6. Select the app or extension to force-install and click Save
  7. Repeat the step above to force-install additional apps and extensions.
  8. Click Save Changes.
Force install a single app
  1. Sign in to the Google Admin console.
  2. From the Admin console dashboard, click Device management. Where is it?
  3. On the left, click Chrome management.
  4. Click App management.
  5. Select the app or extension you want to force-install.
    If you don’t see the item you want to install, use the filters on the left to find it.
  6. Select the category of settings you want to configure:
    • User settings: Force-install the item for users who sign in with an account in your domain.
    • Public session settings: Force-install the item for users who sign in to a public session on your devices.
    • Kiosk settings: Automatically install the item as a Kiosk App (only available if the app is kiosk-enabled in the app’s manifest file).
  7. In the Orgs section on the left, click the organizational unit where you want to force-install the item.
    To install items for everyone your organization, select the top-level organizational unit. 
  8. Under Force Installation, click Turn off icon to turn the setting on Turn on icon.
    Note: If you're force-installing an item for a child organization, the force install setting might be inherited from the top-level organization. Click Override to change the setting from it’s parent. For more information, see How the organizational structure works.
  9. Click Save.

How it works

Force-installing an app or extension gives it permission to access information on the device it's installed on. For example, an app might access a user's bookmarks or use their location. It can also access a device’s Directory API ID through an extension API. And it can use the Chrome enterprise.platformKey API without requesting permission. To change the Directory API ID for a device and stay enrolled in your domain, contact support.

Related topics

To force-install items on Microsoft® Windows® via machine and OS-user policies, see Install Chrome extensions via group policy or master_preferences.

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