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Managing Bring-Your-Own Android Devices: VMware Workspace ONE Operational Tutorial

VMware Workspace ONE UEM 9.4 and later



VMware provides this operational tutorial to help you with your VMware Workspace ONE® environment. In this tutorial, you enroll a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) Android device using the VMware Workspace ONE® Intelligent Hub, configure and test a restrictions profile, and deploy VMware Workspace ONE® Web to a BYOD Android device.


This operational tutorial is intended for IT professionals and Workspace ONE administrators of existing production environments. Both current and new administrators can benefit from using this tutorial. Familiarity with networking and storage in a virtual environment is assumed, including Active Directory, identity management, and directory services. Knowledge of additional technologies such as VMware Workspace ONE® Access (formerly VMware Identity Manager) and VMware Workspace ONE® UEM is also helpful.

Getting Started with Android Device Management


This exercise walks-through deploying a bring-your-own Android device in Work Profile mode. The Work Profile creates a dedicated device container for business applications and content. Although this mode enables you to manage the business data and applications in the container, you cannot manage the user's personal data and apps. To help end users distinguish business apps from their personal apps, the business apps are marked with a briefcase icon.


Before you can perform this exercise, you must meet the following requirements.

  • Workspace ONE UEM version 9.4 or later

This exercise requires specific account information. Gather the required account information, and record it in the following table. The account information provided in the table is based on a test environment. Your account details will differ.

Workspace ONE UEM Account Information
Server URL  https://<WorkspaceONEUEMHostname>
User name
Password VMware1!
Google Admin Account Information

Understanding Android Device Modes

To address a variety of device-ownership use cases, Workspace ONE UEM supports multiple management modes for Android. The easiest way to determine which device mode is the most appropriate for your organization is to evaluate your device-ownership use case.

The following table pairs each device-ownership use case with its coordinating device mode. Review this table, and double-check that the tutorial you are reading will best address your use case.

Use Case Device Mode
Work Profile
Corporate-Owned Work Managed
Hybrid COPE

Each device mode offers a unique device-side user experience. After you have determined which device mode best addresses your use case, it is important to understand the user experience that mode offers. To help you understand their key similarities and differences, the following table outlines some of the primary device-side capabilities of each mode.

Work Profile Work Managed COPE
Entire Device Management No Yes Yes
Badged Enterprise Apps Yes No Yes
Dedicated Personal Apps Yes No Yes

Logging In to the Workspace ONE UEM Console

To perform most of the steps in this exercise, you must first log in to the Workspace ONE UEM Console.

1. Launch Chrome Browser

Launch Chrome Browser

On your desktop, double-click the Google Chrome icon.

3. Authenticate In to the Workspace ONE UEM Console

  1. Enter your Username, for example, administrator.
  2. Click Next. After you click Next, the Password text box is displayed.
  1. Enter your Password, for example, VMware1!
  2. Click Login.

Note: If you see a Captcha, be aware that it is case sensitive.

Registering for Android EMM

After logging into the Workspace ONE UEM console, you register your enterprise with Google. This creates an admin account that connects Google with Workspace ONE UEM.

2. Begin Google Registration

  1. Select Devices & Users.
  2. Expand Android.
  3. Select Android EMM Registration.
  4. Click Register with Google.

3. Provide a Google Admin Account

Provide Google Admin Account
  1. Confirm you are logged into your Google Admin Account that you want to associate with your Android for Work configuration. For example, enter Note: After you register a Google Admin Account to Android for Work, you cannot disassociate your Google Admin Account from that Organization. Ensure the Google Admin Account shown is the account you want to associate with your Organization.
  2. Click Get Started.

4. Provide Organization Details

Provide your Organization Details
  1. Enter your Organization Name.
  2. Select the Google Play Agreement.
  3. Click Confirm.

5. Complete Registration

Complete Registration

Click Complete Registration to return to the Workspace ONE UEM Android Enterprise configuration.

6. Confirm Integration in the Workspace ONE UEM Console

Return to the Android EMM Registration page in the Workspace ONE UEM Console:

  1. On the Configuration tab, scroll down to the Google Admin Console Settings section. Note that the account information you provided to Google displays here.
  2. Confirm the Android Enterprise Registration Status is shown as Successful.
  3. Note how the Client ID and Google Service Account Email Address have been automatically created and configured.  

Enrolling Bring-Your-Own Android Devices


Device enrollment establishes communication with the Workspace ONE UEM console and allows devices to access internal resources. In this exercise, you enroll an Android device in Work Profile mode—which sets the device up with a special type of administrator. You begin enrollment with a device that already has a user account associated with it. Then, you enroll the device which installs the Work Profile and adds the Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub as the profile owner.


Before you can perform the exercises in this tutorial, you must meet the following requirements.

This exercise requires a user to enroll their device into Workspace ONE UEM. Note the user account information in the following table. The details provided in this table are based on a test environment. Your user account details will differ.

User Account Information

User name
Password VMware1!
Workspace ONE UEM Information
Workspace ONE Server URL

Enrolling an Android Device into Work Profile Mode

In this section, enroll your device in Workspace ONE UEM and set it up in Work Profile mode. You need to encrypt data on your device during this process. Depending on the amount of data on your device, this can take some time. Be patient until you see the next enrollment prompt.

Note: Screenshots may differ due to differences in device models and operating system versions.

1. Download the Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub

Navigate to to download the latest version of Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub (formerly the AirWatch Agent).

2. Launch the Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub

Launching the AirWatch MDM Agent

Launch the Hub app on the device.  

3. Enter the Server URL

  1. Enter the Server URL for your Workspace ONE UEM environment.
  2. Tap Next.

4. Enter the Group ID for Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub

Return to the Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub application on your Android device,

  1. Enter your Group ID for your Organization Group for the Group ID text box. See Retrieving the Group ID from Workspace ONE UEM Console.
  2. Tap the Next.

5. Enter User Credentials

Authenticate the AirWatch MDM Agent

You now provide user credentials to authenticate to Workspace ONE UEM.

  1. Enter the Username. For example, testuser.
  2. Enter the Password. For example, VMware1!.
  3. Tap the Next button.

6. Accept Privacy Statement

Tap I Understand.

7. Accept Data Sharing Statement

Tap I Agree.

8. Accept the Terms and Conditions

Tap Agree.

9. Set Up the Work Profile

Tap Set Up.

Note: This may take some time, be patient while the setup process completes.

10. Encrypt Device

Tap Encrypt.

After encryption has completed, enter your device PIN at the prompt to continue with enrollment.

11. Agree to Privacy Policy

Administrator Rights

Tap OK to confirm the Privacy Policy.

During the enrollment process, you will see several processing screens. You do not need to interact with the device further until you see the Hub app confirming your enrollment.

12. Wait for Device Connectivity (IF NEEDED)

Device Connectivity

If you see a Connectivity Issue notification, the device may be taking several minutes to establish a connection to Google Cloud Messaging. Wait until you see the Connectivity Issue notification change to Connectivity Normal before continuing.

Note: If you do not see any Connectivity Issue notifications, continue to the next step.

13. Confirm Device Enrollment

You have now completed the Hub configuration wizard. After the enrollment process completes, the Agent  displays the notification Congratulations! You have successfully enrolled your device.

You can now Exit the agent.

Navigating Android Work Profile

After you have enrolled your Android device in Work Profile mode, you should now see the new Work applications. Android for Work apps are differentiated by an orange briefcase icon also referred to as Badged Apps. Depending on your device version, you might see a Work container with your badged apps. This section reviews both scenarios.

1. Badged Apps

In the Applications view, your Work apps and Personal apps are shown in a unified launcher. For example, your device shows both a personal icon for Play Store and a separate icon for Work Play Store denoted by the badge. The Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub is badged and exists only within the Work Profile data space.

Important: There is no control over personal apps nor will the Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub have access to personal information. There are a handful of system apps that come with the Work Profile by default such as Work Chrome, Google Play, Google settings, Contacts, and Camera.

2. Work Container

On some devices, you may also notice the Work container on your device depending on the OS version. This Work container can be used for quick access to your Work (Badged) Apps.

Configuring Profiles for Bring-Your-Own Android Devices


Profiles are the mechanism by which Workspace ONE UEM manages settings on a device. In this exercise, you set up and configure a restrictions profile in Workspace ONE UEM to explore how enterprise profile settings apply on an Android device in Work Profile mode.


Before you can complete this exercise, you must successfully enroll an Android device in Work Profile mode.

Understanding Configuration Options for Android Profiles

Profiles are the mechanism by which Workspace ONE UEM manages settings on a device. All profiles are broken down into two basic sections; the General section and the Payload section.

  • The General section defines the profile's name and assignment settings.
  • The Payload sections define actions to be taken on the device.

Every profile must have all required fields in the General section properly filled out and at least one payload configured.

To address multiple device ownership use cases, you can enable Android profile payload settings in Workspace ONE UEM at the Work Profile level and at the Work Managed device level.

  • Work Profile-level configurations only apply restrictions and settings to the device's badged enterprise apps, and do not affect the users personal apps or settings.
  • Work Managed device-level configurations apply restrictions and settings to the entire device.
  • Corporate Owned Personally-Enabled devices use Work Profile-level and Work Managed device-level configurations

Configuring Restriction Profiles

In this exercise, control camera settings by configuring a restrictions profile in the Workspace ONE UEM console.  

1. Create a New Profile

In the Workspace ONE UEM Console:

  1. Click Add.
  2. Click Profile.

2. Select the Android Platform

Select Android.

3. Configure the General Settings

  1. Select General.
  2. Enter a name for the Android Profile. For example, Android Restriction.
  3. Click Assigned Groups to display the list of available assignments.
  4. Select All Devices.

4. Open the Restrictions Payload

  1. Select the Restrictions payload.
  2. Click Configure.

5. Configure Screen Capture Restrictions

Under Device Functionality:

  1. In the Work Managed Device column, select the Allow Screen Capture check box.
  2. In the Work Profile column, deselect the Allow Screen Capture check box.

6. Configure Camera Restrictions

  1. Scroll down to the Application section.
  2. In the Work Managed Device column, select the Allow Camera check box.
  3. In the Work Profile column, deselect the Allow Camera check box.
  4. Click Save & Publish.

7. Publish the Profile

Click Publish.

Testing Android Restriction Settings

For Android, the various device modes change the way profile settings apply to devices. After configuring a restriction profile, test the profile settings to see how they applied on the Android device.

1. Verify Camera Restrictions

After the restrictions profile pushes to the device:

  1. Notice that a badged enterprise version of the camera application is not available.
  2. Notice that the unbadged personal camera remains available.

2. Test Screenshot Restrictions in Personal Contacts

Verify the Android for Work Screen Shot Restriction

Open your non-badged Contacts app, and try to take a screenshot within the app. Notice that the screen shot was successful.

3. Test Screenshot Restriction in Enterprise Contacts

Verify the Android for Work Screen Shot Restriction

Open the badged Contacts app, and try to take a screenshot within the app. Notice that the screenshot was unsuccessful. In certain device models and OS versions, a message may also appear.

Managing Applications for Bring-Your-Own Android Devices


Work Profile applications are displayed in the unified launcher together with personal applications and are differentiated by a badged icon. To the user, it looks like two applications are installed. For example, a badged Chrome icon and an unbadged Chrome icon. However, the app is installed only once and business data is stored separately from personal data.

The Work Profile contains some default system applications such as Work Chrome, Google Play, Google settings, Contacts, and Camera. You can hide these apps using a restrictions profile. It is important to note that the Work Profile does not control any personal apps.

In this exercise, you deploy VMware Workspace ONE Web, a public application, to your Android device. Applications that you push through the integration of Workspace ONE UEM and Android Enterprise have the same functionality as their counterparts from the Google Play Store. However, you can use the Workspace ONE UEM features to add functionality and security to these applications.


Before you can complete this exercise, you must successfully enroll an Android device in Work Profile mode.

Deploying VMware Workspace ONE Web to an Android Device

The following steps walk through deploying VMware Workspace ONE Web, a public application, to an Android device.

1. Add Public Application

Add Public Application

In the Workspace ONE UEM Console:

  1. Select Add.
  2. Select Public Application.

2. Search for Workspace ONE Web

  1. Select Android from the Platform drop-down menu.
  2. Select Search App Store for the Source.
  3. Enter Web in the Name text box.
  4. Click Next.

3. Select the Web - Workspace ONE App

Click the Web app.

4. Approve Web - Workspace ONE

If prompted, click Approve.

5. Confirm Approval for Web - Workspace ONE

Click Approve again in the Application pop-up window.

Note: Scroll down if you do not see the pop-up window.

6. Save Approval Settings

You may need to scroll down to view the Approval Settings button.

  1. Select Keep approved when app requests new permission.
  2. Click Save.

7. Publish the App

Click Save & Assign.

8. Add Assignment

Click Add Assignment.

9. Configure Assignment

  1. Click in the Selected Assignment Groups search box. From the list of Assignment Groups that appear, select the appropriate group. For example, select All Devices (
  2. Select Auto for the App Delivery Method.
  3. Click Add.

10. Save and Publish Web - Workspace ONE App

Click Save & Publish.

11. Preview Assigned Devices and Publish

Click Publish.

Verifying Workspace ONE Web on an Android Device

After using the Workspace ONE UEM console to push Workspace ONE Web to your Android device, verify the Work app installed correctly on your device.

Note: Screenshots may differ depending on device model and OS.

1. Confirm the Published Workspace ONE Web Application Downloaded

Return to your testing Android device and confirm that the Workspace ONE Web application has downloaded and displays as a Work app.

Using this process, you can rapidly approve new applications and deploy them to your users.

2. Open the Badged Android for Work Play Store App

Open the Badged Android for Work Play Store App

Open your Work Play Store application on your Android device.

3. Accept Google Play Terms of Service (IF NEEDED)

If you are prompted with the Google Play Terms of Service, tap Accept. Otherwise, continue to the next step.

4. Open Play Store Menu

Open Play Store Menu

Tap the Menu button in the upper-left corner.

5. View Play Store Work Apps

View Play Store Work Apps

Tap My Work Apps from the menu.

6. Verify Workspace ONE Web Is Available As A Work App

  1. Tap Installed.
  2. Confirm that the Workspace ONE Web application is in your list of Work applications. You may need to scroll down to find the application.

The Workspace ONE Web app is listed as a Work app because it was approved as a Work app through the Workspace ONE UEM Console while adding and assigning the application to your users. This streamlines and rapidly improves the process of approving and deploying Work apps to your Android devices.

Summary and Additional Resources


This operational tutorial provided steps to manage Android BYOD devices.

Procedures included:

  • Enrolling BYOD Android devices using the Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub
  • Configuring and testing a restrictions profile
  • Deploying Workspace ONE Web to Android BYOD and verifying the application

Terminology Used in This Tutorial

The following terms are used in this tutorial:

application store A user interface (UI) framework that provides access to a self-service catalog, public examples of which include the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store, and the Microsoft Store.
auto-enrollment Auto-enrollment simplifies the enrollment process by automatically enrolling registered devices following the Out-of-Box-Experience.
catalog A user interface (UI) that displays a personalized set of virtual desktops and applications to users and administrators. These resources are available to be launched upon selection.
cloud Asset of securely accessed, network-based services and applications. A cloud can also host data storage. Clouds can be private or public, as well as hybrid, which is both private and public.
device enrollment The process of installing the mobile device management agent on an authorized device. This allows access to VMware products with application stores, such as Workspace ONE Access (formerly VMware Identity Manager).
identity provider (IdP) A mechanism used in a single-sign-on (SSO) framework to automatically give a user access to a resource based on their authentication to a different resource.
mobile device management
(MDM) agent
Software installed on an authorized device to monitor, manage, and secure end-user access to enterprise resources.
one-touch login A mechanism that provides single sign-on (SSO) from an authorized device to enterprise resources.
service provider (SP)
A host that offers resources, tools, and applications to users and devices.
virtual desktop The user interface of a virtual machine that is made available to an end user.
virtual machine A software-based computer, running an operating system or application environment, that is located in the data center and backed by the resources of a physical computer.

For more information, see the VMware Glossary.

Additional Resources

For more information about Workspace ONE, explore the VMware Workspace ONE Activity Path. The activity path provides step-by-step guidance to help you level-up in your Workspace ONE knowledge. You will find everything from beginner to advanced curated assets in the form of articles, videos, and labs.

Additionally, you can check out the VMware Workspace ONE and VMware Horizon Reference Architecture which provides a framework and guidance for architecting an integrated digital workspace using VMware Workspace ONE and VMware Horizon. 


About the Author

This tutorial was written by:

  • Karim Chelouati, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware


The purpose of this tutorial is to assist you. Your feedback is valuable. To comment on this tutorial, contact VMware End-User-Computing Technical Marketing at

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