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Embedding company-owned Android devices using the identifier method (COBO)

Prepare user devices

Prerequisite: The user device to be configured must have been reset to factory default settings and have at least Android version 6.0. This method can only be employed if Managed Google Play Accounts are being used.

  • On the reset device, tap on Let’s Go (left illus.).
  • Navigate through the setup menu and a Wi-Fi connection will be searched for automatically (right illus.).

starting setup

  • Select the desired Wi-Fi and enter the login credentials.
  • Instead of your Google account, enter the identifier afw#cortado (upper arrow in illus.) and then tap on Next (lower arrow in illus.).
  • Then tap on Install (right illus.).
  • That will start the configuration of your device and the Cortado app will be downloaded from the app store.

enter identifier

  • Afterwards tap on Next (left illus.) and OK (right illus.). Wait until the process is complete.

starting Android Enterprise configuration

  • The device is now in a mode in which a QR code can be scanned.
  • Depending on whether the user is going to continue the configuration himself at this point, or if you are going to take that on for him, there are now two ways to go forward.  The configuration with user interaction and the configuration without user interaction.

Configuration with user interaction

With this type of configuration the user device receives only the server information. It can then be given to any user for further configuration. The only prerequisite is that the user has already been imported into the Management Console and activated for Android Enterprise.

However, if you want to take on the complete device configuration on behalf of the user, proceed instead as described here.

  • In the Management Console select Control Panel→ Global Set­tings→ MDM→ Configure Android Managed Device.

continuing device configuration

  • Another QR code is displayed.

QR code for the user device configuration

  • Scan the QR code with the user device that you want to configure.
  • Then give the device to a user of your choice. The user can then enter his login details and complete the configuration (left illus.). Cortado MDM users must first create a password for this using the invitation email and their email address. Alternatively, you can assign a password for the user when importing users. Users of Cortado Server log in with their e-mail address and domain password. 
  • Subsequently, the company with which the user registers must be confirmed (right image).

  • The user-specific configuration is now concluded. 
  • The Cortado app provides users with an overview of this. You can find more information about the Cortado app here.

Configuration without user interaction

Select this type of configuration if you want to completely configure a device for a particular user yourself.

  • In the Management Console, under Control Panel→ Users select a user for whom you want to configure a device. You can also select multiple users at the same time (left arrow in illus.), whereby the QR codes for each device will be displayed one after another.
  • Then click on Fast Enrollment (Cortado Server) or Enroll Device (Cortado MDM) (lower arrow in illus.).
Note! Illustrations differ slightly for Cortado MDM.

selecting user(s)

  • Then click on Android Fully Managed Device (COBO) (arrown in illus.).

select Android Fully Managed Device

  • A QR code will be generated for the selected user (upper arrow in illus.) This contains all the (user-specific) data required for the complete configuration of the device (middle arrow in illus.). The QR code remains valid for 15 minutes.

scanning QR code for the selected user

  • Scan the QR code with the preconfigured user device (left illus.).
  • Agree to the management of the device (right illus.)

Scan QR Code and agree to device management

  • The user-specific configuration is now concluded. 
  • The Cortado app provides users with an overview of this. You can find more information about the Cortado app here.

  • If you previously selected multiple users, click on Next to reveal the next QR code (lower arrow in this illus.).

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