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How to provide browser bookmarks for your Android users

Do you want to supply your users with links to websites (bookmarks) and web apps via MDM, so that the users don’t have to manually create them on the Android devices? We’ll show you how to do it in this How-To.

Aim

Many of our customers have expressed the desire to be able to centrally set up links to web applications or web sites. This is very easily done with iOS. However, it can also be achieved with Android. For this, we use Managed Configurations in the Google Chrome browser.

Implementation

Note! The Google Chrome browser is provided by default as a part of the work profile, as well as on completely managed devices. However, to use Managed Configurations for this app, Google Chrome must be added to the management console and assigned to the users.
  • So start by adding the Google Chrome app to the management console. Proceed with this as described here.
  • Then assign Google Chrome to the users. Proceed with this as described here.
  • Next, open Managed Configurations in Google Chrome. Do so by selecting the app under Apps & Docs (left arrow in illus.) and then, under Details, click on Configure (right arrow in illus.).

  • Select the Managed Configurations tab (upper arrow in illus.) and scroll down to Managed Bookmarks (lower arrow in illus.).
  • Now enter your bookmarks according to the following schema:
[ { "name": "Name des ersten Links", "url": "https://..." }, { "name": "Name des zweiten Links", "url": "https://..." }]

Example:

[ { "name": "Cortado", "url": "https://cortado.com" }, { "name": "Teamplace", "url": "https://teamplace.net" }]

  • Add as many links as you wish. It is best to prepare the entries first in a notepad and then add the complete text into the text field.
Note! If you want to add bookmarks later, you have to enter all the pre-existing bookmarks again. The old settings are not saved. You should therefore save the notepad with the bookmark entries.
  • Click on OK to confirm your entries.
  • Then click on Rollout on assigned users.

  • The settings will then be distributed to all Android devices.
  • The users can then locate the links in the Google Chrome browser under Bookmarks→ Managed bookmarks.

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