Enable access to managed mobile apps

You can publish mobile applications to an AppAn abbreviation of application. Essentially, it is a web-based site used to perform any number of specific tasks, and requires authentication from end users by signing in. Store accessible to OMMAn acronym for Okta Mobility Management. OMM enables you to manage your users' mobile devices, applications, and data. Your users enroll in the service and can then download and use managed apps from the Apps Store. Managed apps are typically work-related, such as Box or Expensify. As an administrator, you can remove managed apps and associated data from users' devices at any time. You can configure policies, such as data sharing controls, on any of your managed apps. See Configuring Okta Mobility Management for more information.-enrolled end usersIn Okta literature, we generally refer to "end users" as the people who have their own Okta home page (My Applications), using chiclets to authenticate into all of their apps. End users do not have any administrative control. When we refer to "users" we are generally referring to the individual(s) who have administrative control. from within Okta Mobile. (Mobile App store for iOS device end usersIn Okta literature, we generally refer to "users" as the people who serve as Okta administrators. When we refer to "end users" we are generally referring to the people who the administrators serve. That is, those who use Okta chiclets to access their apps, but have no administrative control.; Play for Work for Android device end users.) This provides end users a single place from which to download Okta-managed mobile apps. End users can obtain the enabled and deployed mobile apps that have been assigned to them. You can specify whether data is transferable between managed and personal apps.

Note: Not all public mobile apps available from the Apple and Google app stores are available for distribution to OMM-enrolled users through the App Store accessible through Okta Mobile. (Mobile App store for iOS device end users; Play for Work for Android device end users.) Before you can distribute a public mobile app to your end users through OMM, Okta Support must add it to the Okta Integration Network (OINAn acronym for the Okta Integration Network. The OIN is comprised of thousands of public, pre-integrated business and consumer applications. As an on-demand service, OIN integrations are continuously validated, always up to date, and constantly growing both in number and capability. Okta performs a single integration with an ISV or SP, providing thousands of end users with point-and-click customization for their orgs.). To submit a request to add a public app to the OIN, open a case and provide the app name and the link to the app in the appropriate app store. ClosedScreenshot

Note: The Mobile Access section of an app's Mobile tab is available only for Okta Integration Network apps that have been tested to work with Okta Mobile Management (OMM) policies.

To distribute a native mobile app:

  1. Go to Applications.
  2. Select an app that supports mobile access, then click the Mobile tab.

    Note: The Mobile Access section of an app's Mobile tab is available only for Okta Integration Network apps that have been tested to work with Okta Mobile Management (OMM) policies.

  3. Configure Distribution settings:
    1. Click the pencil icon.
    2. In the Distribution section, select any of the following options as appropriate for your implementation:
      • Users can install the app from the company app store (Android and iOS).
      • Prompt users to install the app on enrollment. (iOS 7+ only)
      • If a user already has the app, enable them to make it a managed app from the company app store (iOS 9+ only)
  4. In the Deploy section, select Make this app available to users.
  5. Click Save.

Note: iOS device users already enrolled in OMM will not see changes you may make to these Distribution settings. All OMM-enrolled users are able to see the apps you add to the company app store.

Note: Differences between distributing Android and iOS apps:

  • Android apps: You can upload public and private apps to the Google Play Store and then link to them from within Okta for distribution to your end users.
  • iOS apps: You can upload only private, enterprise-signed apps to Okta for distribution to your end users.
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