Android zero-touch enrolment has landed

Originally published at: https://bayton.org/2017/09/android-zero-touch-enrolment-has-landed/

On Thursday, Google officially announced zero-touch enrolment for Android 8.0+, enabling out-of-the-box EMM enrolment without the manual processes traditionally associated with Android provisioning. If you’re familiar with Samsung’s KNOX Mobile Enrolment or Apple’s Device Enrolment Programme (wherein iOS devices come configured out of the box to enrol onto a corporate EMM solution), Android’s zero-touch will not be a new concept. Zero-touch as a solution has been somewhat available since the original Pixel came onto the scene, with documentation referencing it against Android 7.1 which launched back at the end of 2016. With only the original Pixel supporting it however, it failed to make any significant impact on the industry (and I can personally attest to how difficult getting any official information on it has been before this launch). To understand how monumental zero-touch is for Android management, let’s take a trip back in time. How Android enrolment has evolved Legacy enrolment In the beginning, enrolling an Android device onto an EMM solution straight out of the box was a long-winded process. Here’s an example (give or take the exact order): Turn it on Set a language Connect to WiFi Choose to setup as a new device, or transfer data from another Agree to T&C’s, or opt into/out of specific OEM services Add a Google account Add a Fingerprint and/or Passcode Agree to Google services/additional permissions Exit the wizard, land on the home screen Open the Play Store Download the relevant EMM agent Begin the enrolment process Install additional EMM-related service APKs (and needing…