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Create Managed Google Play accounts for Android Enterprise

Set up Managed Google Play accounts for your Android devices in the Cortado Administration Portal. This allows you to take advantage of all the benefits of Android Enterprise.

Configuring Managed Google Play accounts is simple and quick. This allows you to manage your users' devices and their apps in no time at all.

Note! However, if Workspace from Google is used in your company, meaning that each user has a Google account (with corporate domain), you have the option to use Google Accounts. How to set up Android Enterprise for Google Accounts is shown here.

Depending on whether you use Cortado MDM or Cortado Server, some of the setup steps are slightly different.

Note! Create up to four additional administrator accounts to configure Cortado MDM.
  1. First step to register with Google when using Cortado MDM (1.1) or Cortado Server (1.2)
  2. Continuing Google registration with Cortado MDM and Cortado Server
  3. Transfer Google settings to the Administration Portal

1.1 First step to register with Google when using Cortado MDM

  • If you want to use the Managed Google Play Accounts for your Android MDM, select in the Administration Portal Administration→ Settings→ Android Enterprise→ Enroll Android Enterprise. 

  • Then click on Start sign up.

  • You will now be redirected to the Google Play registration page. 
  • Proceed as described below.

1.2 First step to register with Google when using Cortado Server

If you want to use Managed Google Play Accounts for your Android MDM, please contact our sales team. You will receive an invitation from us by email . 

  • Click on Signup in the invitation email (arrow in illus.). 

  • In the window that follows, click on Start Signup (arrow in illus.). Please note, that for security purposes, you have only 10 minutes to configure Android Enterprise

2. Continuing Google registration with Cortado MDM and Cortado Server

  • In the next window, click on Get started

  • You will need a Google account for the registration simply create a new account if you don’t have one already.
  • Now use your Google account to sign in.

  • Now enter your company name and then click on Next

  •  Now provide the names and contact details of the data protection officer and the EU representative in your company. 

  • Then click on Complete Registration

The registration is now complete. 

Note for Cortado MDM! Users of Cortado MDM now create optional a Goolge Firebase project (FCM). If FCM is not used, the user devices can be synchronized at intervals determined by you (Device synchronization).
Note for Cortado Server! On completion of a successful registration for Android Enterprise with Google, you will receive an email from Cortado with all the follow up information. This email will be sent to the same address as the invitation email. This email contains your Enterprise ID and your Service account email(arrows in illus.). You need the Unenroll secret to unregister your company from Android Enterprise.

There is also a security certificate (.p12) attached to the email (arrow in illus.).

You have to transfer this data later to the Cortado Administration Portal. Before that, create a Goolge Firebase project

3. Transfer Google settings to the Administration Portal

  • Now open the Cortado Administration Portal under Administration→ Settings→ Android Enterprise→ Configure
  • If you are using Google Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM), copy the server key and the sender ID into the Administration Portal under Server key und Sender ID (upper arrow in illus.).
  • As an alternative to FCM, you can define an interval under Device synchronization at which the users’ devices will be regularly synchronized. Policies and profiles will then be pushed to the devices at the specified interval.
Note! Use either Google Firebase Cloud Messaging or the Device synchronization.

Note for Cortado Server! Now enter all the data you received by e-mail from Cortado under Android Enterprise (lower arrow in the illus.):

  • User account type: Select the Managed Google Play Accounts. 
  • Enterprise ID: Enter your Enterprise ID
  • Service account e-mail address: Enter the email address of the service account here. 
  • Certificate: Upload the certificate (.p12) here, which was sent to you via email. 
  • Password: Enter the password notasecret here.
Note for Cortado MDM! All data required for the Managed Google Play account has been automatically stored. under Android Enterprise (lower arrow in illus.).

The checkbox Auto enable users for Android Enterprise while import (upper arrow in illlus.) is only needed when using Google Accounts. Do not make any changes here.

The Set up Managed Google Play accounts on fully managed devices (lower arrow in illus.) checkbox is also enabled by default (lower arrow in illus.). If you want users of fully managed devices (COBO) to manage their apps themselves, uncheck the checkbox. You can find more information on this here.

Learn how to configure SafetyNet settings for Google here.

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