Android Management API

The Android Management API is available as part of Android Enterprise, an initiative providing developers with tools to build solutions for organizations to manage their Android device fleets. The program is intended for enterprise mobility management providers (EMMs). To deploy a production solution that uses the Android Management API, EMMs need to follow the steps outlined in Release your solution.

You can use the Android Management API to support the work profile, fully managed device, and dedicated device solution sets.

See the Quickstart guide to try out the API under the default usage limits.


How it works

The Android Management API supports the full enterprise mobility management lifecycle, from initial customer enrollment to setting up and managing devices.

Android Management overview.

As an EMM developer, you supply your customers with an on-premise or cloud-based EMM console. In your console, your customers generate device enrollment tokens and create management policies. They use the tokens to enroll devices and apply management policies to the devices they enrolled.

In the backend, your console uses the Android Management API to create enrollment tokens, policies, and other management resources. During enrollment, each device installs the API's companion app, Android Device Policy. When policies are linked to a device in the API, Android Device Policy automatically enforces the policy settings on the device.


API resources

This section describes the primary resources used in the Android Management API.

Enterprises

An enterprises resource typically represents a single organization. You create an enterprise as part of an online setup flow that your customers use to bind their organization with your EMM solution. Policies, enrollment tokens, and devices belong to an enterprise.

Policies

The Android Management API follows a policy-driven model. A policies resource contains a group of device and app management settings that govern the behavior of a device. The range and flexibility of the settings supported in policies allow you to set up devices for a variety of different use cases.

See Create a policy for more information.

Enrollment tokens

You use enrollmentTokens to bind devices to an enterprise—a process called enrollment and provisioning. Enrollment tokens can optionally contain extra details (e.g. corporate WiFi credentials), a policyName linked to a policies resource, and a user account identifier.

After creating an enrollment token, you can pass the token to a device using one of several different provisioning methods. Devices install Android Device Policy as part of the provisioning process. If a policyName is specified in the enrollment token, then the policy will be applied immediately after provisioning is complete.

The Android Management API simplifies user management—you can enroll a device with or without specifying a user in the enrollment token.

  • If you don't specify a user, a new user will be created automatically.
  • If you specify an existing user, the existing user will be associated with the device. You can associate a user with up to 10 devices.

See Provision a device for more information.

Devices

A devices resource is created when a device is successfully enrolled. The resource contains read-only details about a device, including its associated user, policy, and management mode.

Device management is carried out through policy, but you can use enterprises.devices.issueCommand to lock, reboot, or reset the password on a device. To wipe a device, call enterprises.devices.delete.


Get started

Test out the API—use the Quickstart guide to set up a device in minutes. Ensure that you understand the steps required to release your solution in a production environment before using the developer's guide and API reference on this site to build your solution.

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