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To get started, you need:

  • Two or more supported Android tablets (one administrator tablet and as many student tablets as you want to set up)

  • Administrator access to the Google Admin console

  • A unique student account and password for each student tablet (Tablets must not use the same account.)

  • A shared key or open Wi-Fi network

Set up your tablets

1. Verify that your school meets the IT infrastructure requirements.

Review the IT infrastructure requirements before you set up tablets.

2. Enable Google Play for Education in the Admin console and accept the Terms of Service in Google Play for Education.

To enable Google Play for Education in the Admin console:

  1. Sign in to the Admin console with your G Suite super administrator account.

    Note: A delegated administrator can't accept the Terms of Service.

  2. Click Apps > G Suite.
  3. Select Mobile > Device management settings.
  4. In General settings, click Enable Google Play for Education.

    You may not see the Enable Google Play for Education link immediately when you receive the welcome letter. Wait 24 hours, and if you still don't see the option, then contact support

  5. Read and, if you agree, accept the full hardware Terms of Service.

 

To accept the Google Play for Education Terms of Service:

  1. Go to Google Play for Education at play.google.com/edu.
  2. Click Accept and continue to accept the Terms of Service.
    You can read and review the full Terms of Service by clicking the blue link above the button.

After you accept the Terms of Service, you have immediate access to the education-specific device management features in the Admin console, access to Google Play for Education, and the ability to configure tablets for students.

3. Enable API access in the Admin console.
  1. Sign in to the Google Admin console.
  2. Click Security > API reference.
  3. Check Enable API access.
  4. Click Save changes.
4. Set the Administrator Restriction PIN in the Admin console.
  1. Sign in to the Google Admin console.
  2. Click Device management > Android settings > Device features.
  3. Check the box next to Administrator Restriction PIN settings > Enable remote management of administrator restriction PIN.

    As long as this box is checked, the PIN you set in the Admin console will sync with the tablets you configure for student use.

  4. Enter your PIN.

    The PIN needs to be numeric and at least 5 characters.

5. Set up the administrator tablet with the super administrator account.

The first time you turn on the tablet, a welcome screen displays.

  • To choose a different language, tap the menu.
  • To continue, tap Play and follow the instructions.
Important: You must have a Wi-Fi connection to complete the setup process.

When prompted, sign in with the account that has G Suite super administrator access.

6. Install the Android Device Enrollment app on the administrator tablet.
  1. Open the Google Play Store app on the administrator tablet.
  2. Search for Android Device Enrollment.
  3. Tap Install.
  4. Tap Accept after reviewing the app's permissions.
7. Use the Android Device Enrollment app to set up student tablets.
  1. Open the Android Device Enrollment app (under All Apps if it’s not visible on the Home screen) on the administrator tablet.
  2. Choose the administrator account you're using for configuration and click the arrow to continue.

    Note: This account must be a G Suite administrator or have delegated administrator status.

    The app will quickly diagnose your tablet and domain settings for known issues. If any are found, a screen that lists the detected issues and instructions on fixing them is shown. After all issues have been fixed, touch Retry to rerun the diagnostics checks. The screen can be bypassed by touching Ignore if the errors are not critical, but this may result in errors when activating student devices. If the errors are critical, they must be resolved before you can continue configuration.

  3. Review the preparation information, then click OK, Let's go! to continue.
  4. Select One student per device.
  5. Select I do not have student account info ready.
  6. In the Wi-Fi Network section, ensure that the Wi-Fi network displayed is the same one students use to sign in, and touch Next.

    Note: EAP 802.1x networks are not supported for configuration at this time, but can be manually set later.

  7. An explanation of the bumping process displays. Review the steps and tap Continue.

    If you dismiss the explanation and want to see it again, tap Menu in the top corner and select Instructions.

  8. (Optional) If your administrator tablet is running Android 5.1 or below, review the option to change the version of the student device being bumped.
    • To change the OS version of student tablets being configured, tap Change and tap the slider to select Bump Android 6.0+ student devices.
    • To confirm which version of the OS is running on the administrator tablet, tap About.
    • Tap the back arrow to return to the configuration screen.
  9. Once the app displays Ready to bump, tap and hold the administrator tablet to the student tablet so that the near field communication (NFC) antennas on both tablets align. You’ll hear the "start" sound when the two tablets are correctly aligned.

    For information on aligning tablets, see NFC antenna locations.

    The configuration is completed so you can now set both tablets down. You'll see the status as each student tablet is configured on both the administrator tablet and the student tablet. If there is an error during configuration, touch the error message for details.

  10. For the first device, wait for configuration to complete (the student tablet displays the Home screen). To verify that everything is working correctly on that tablet:
    1. Sign in with a student account on the tablet.
    2. Try sending a free app to that tablet to make sure the process works.
    3. For all of the following tablets, you can start the next student tablet as soon as you see the process is started on the current student tablet.
  11. Tap Done once you've completed configuration of all of the student tablets.

Note: If the configuration process fails for any one student tablet, you'll need to wipe the tablet before you can try configuration again. Complete the Welcome screens to access the settings for the student tablet. You may need the administrator restriction PIN to access the factory reset screen if the configuration fails partway through the process.

If you have problems configuring your tablet, see Troubleshoot common issues.

Congratulations! You've configured your student tablets for Google Play for Education. Now enter the student account name and password for each tablet and use the Google Play for Education store to send an app to all student tablets to verify your setup.

You can find additional information about Android tablets for education in our Help Center:

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