What is Android zero-touch enrolment?

(Jason Bayton) #1

Originally published at: https://bayton.org/docs/enterprise-mobility/android/what-is-android-zero-touch-enrolment/

What is Android enterprise? For information regarding Android enterprise, including what it is, the deployment scenarios stated below and how it can benefit organisations, have a read of What is Android enterprise and why is it used? What it is Zero-touch enrolment enables out-of-the-box EMM enrolment without the manual processes traditionally associated with Android provisioning for all supported devices running Android 8.0 or above. 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). How it works With zero-touch, enterprises purchase their Android 8.0+ devices from an authorised reseller. After which, the reseller creates a zero-touch console account for the enterprise and imports the devices. From there, the enterprise can then log into the console and associate these devices to one of any of the EMMs that currently support a work-managed deployment scenario (Device Owner mode) via a configuration. These configurations also support DPC extras, which allow enterprises to pre-configure items like server URL and username. The DPC (EMM…