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Enabling Device Owner Mode using Android Debug Bridge (ADB)

Introduction

On Android 5.0 (Lollopop) devices Meraki cannot enable Device Owner Mode without using ADB. Android Debug Bridge (adb) is a command line tool that allows for communication between a computer and a connected Android device. It facilitates a variety of device actions, such as installing and debugging apps, and it provides access to commands that are not traditionally available to a connected device. For enrolling devices on Android 6.0+ and general info regarding Android for Work, see our deployment guide here.

Kiosk mode requires both Device Owner enrollment and Android 6.0+.

Enabling Device Owner Mode via ADB

  • With a new (or factory reset) Lollipop Android device, go through the setup wizard WITHOUT adding a Google account. If you accidently added an account, simply remove the account from the Settings app once you finish the setup wizard.
  • Once the setup wizard is done and you’re on your device’s home screen
    • Go to Settings
    • Go to “About device” (Might be named slightly different)
    • Click the “Build number” field 7 times. This will turn on “Developer options”
    • Go back to Settings
    • Go to “Developer options”
    • Scroll down and enable “USB debugging”
  • Plug the device into computer
    • Your device might prompt you with a trust dialog. Click accept.
  • On a computer run the following command to install the latest Android SM app you downloaded onto your device:
    • adb install AndroidSM.apk
  • Once installed, run the following command to set Systems Manager as the device owner of the device:
    • adb shell dpm set-device-owner com.meraki.sm/.DeviceAdmin
  • Repeat these steps for all devices. If there are large number of devices a simple script can be used to cycle through the devices and apply those commands.

 

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