Self-hosted private apps

We want all managed Google Play apps to be helpful—and safe. Unfortunately we do not scan self-hosted Android Application Packages (APKs), so we can't guarantee that the content is safe. We let all users know this when they access a self-hosted app. We also have the following restrictions for self-hosted APKs:

  • Android Auto second-screen projection is disabled. This is because all Auto-targeted apps must go through a specific review to ensure that they’re not distracting to drivers.
  • To remotely install self-hosted apps on devices, an administrator must have device owner privileges. This typically applies to devices that are owned and fully managed by the company.
  • If a user wants to install self-hosted apps, they must have a work profile on their device, or be working in device owner mode.
  • Self-hosted apps are published to the production channel only, and not to an alpha or beta channel.

Managed Google Play Accounts enterprise administrators with the correct privileges publish self-hosted apps using the Google Play Console. Contact your EMM provider for details on how to generate the definition file.

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