Manage system apps on company-owned Android devices

System apps are those apps that come preinstalled on Android devices, like Clock and Calculator. Many of these apps can’t be uninstalled and aren’t available in the Play Store for management. We want to give G Suite admins greater control over these system apps, so we’re introducing settings in the Admin console to:

  • enable all system apps,
  • disable all system apps,
  • enable select system apps, or
  • disable select system apps.

These settings will only apply to system apps on company-owned Android devices (i.e. Android devices in Device Owner mode). At launch, by default, all system apps will be enabled.

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