Locking down your devices with AirWatch Launcher includes the configuration of a profile and the deployment of the application to your device fleet.

To create the Launcher profile:

  1. Navigate to Devices > Profiles & Resources > Profiles > Add > Add Profile > Android > Device .

    Alternatively, select Android for Work to configure Android 6.0+ Work Managed Devices with a custom home screen.

  2. Configure the General profile settings as desired.

    These settings determine how the profile deploys and who receives it. For more information on General settings, see Add General Profile Settings.

  3. Select the Launcher > Configure.
  1. Configure devices with your custom home-screen by selecting an app mode: Single App, Multi App, or Template Mode.

  2. Configure Layout elements such as the icon grid and orientation preference. You can upload images to customize the Launcher with your unique brand look and feel as allowed by the selected app mode. For the available layout settings, please see Layout Settings.

  3. Move to the Apps section and use the drop-down menu to select Public, Internal, or Miscellaneous or to add Bookmarks. To learn more about bookmarks, see Bookmarks for AirWatch Launcher.

  4. Organize the Launcher Canvas with apps, view App Attributes, remove apps, and create folders for apps to group apps together.

    View the available Canvas settings on Canvas Settings for AirWatch Launcher.

    View available App Attributes on App Attributes for AirWatch Launcher.

  1. Configure Hidden Apps, if needed. Find out how to add hidden apps on Add Hidden Apps.
  2. Click the Settings button to configure device settings and utilities to be allowed and to configure the admin passcode. To see available settings, please see Settings for AirWatch Launcher.
  3. Select the Preview button to view how the configuration will appear on the user's device.
  4. Select Save to add the profile to AirWatch or Save & Publish to add the profile and immediately deploy it to applicable Android devices.

After the profile is created and deployed to devices. the Device Details page shows the status of the Launcher as "Launcher is the home app." If install was not successful or AirWatch Launcher is not the default app, the status shows " Launcher is not set at the home app or is not installed."