Creating a managed private App for Chromebooks

Creating a managed private App for Chromebooks

Mark May 22, 2020

Over the past few months, I have secured Not-for-profit status with google which has given us access to Google Admin Console allowing central management of our users Google accounts and Chromebooks.

At the same time we have been developing our first Andriod app, we had looked at using “Google Play Console” to deploy our app and testing, but “Google Admin Console” gives us another delivery method. What you need …

  1. User Google account managed in Google Admin console
  2. A Google Play Console account

Creating a Private App in Google Admin

You can apply this to the OU or the Organisation, in this example I will be applying this to an OU which the users are a member of.

  1. You need to be logged in to “google.admin” with the same account as the admin account of “Google Play Console” (Example,
  2. Go to … Device management > Chrome > Apps & Extensions and select the OU
  3. Click on the “Add from Google Play” button (Screen Shot – Step 3)
  4. Select “Private apps” (Screen Shot – Step 4)
  5. Click on the “+” sign, upload the APK, and type in a name, this will appear in “Google Play Console” under your “Google Admin Console” domain ( (Screen Shot – Step 5)

Screen Shot – Step 3

“Add from Google Play” button

Screen Shot – Step 4

Screen Shot – Step 5

Assigning the App to the OU in Google Admin

Once you have done the above, you will need to decide how you deliver the App to the Chromebooks

  1. Click on the App and press “Select”
  2. Pick your deployment method to the Chromebooks
  • Force Install + pin = This will force the install to this OU and pin the App to the desktop bar 
  • Force Install = This will force the install on the Chromebook but not pin to the desktop bar 
  • Allow Install = Users are allowed to install the App.
  • Block Install = It will block the install of this application for the users in the OU. 

If you have any questions you can contact me on Twitter @markspencerIT

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