Configure the AirWatch App Launcher profile to customize the layout and apps of a Windows Rugged device using the AirWatch App Launcher. This customization allows you to control end-user access to the device settings and applications based on the roles of the user.

To configure a Launcher profile:

  1. Navigate to Devices > Profiles > List View > Add and select Add Profile.
  2. Select Windows Rugged .
  3. Configure the profile's General settings.

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

  4. Select the Launcher profile.
  5. Enter a Title for the launcher profile. You can use the supported AirWatch Lookup Values. Select ( Review) for a list of all AirWatch supported Lookup Values.
  6. Define an Administrative Passcode for setting configurations on the device.
  7. Define the User Category of the end user if Shared Devices are enabled in the Windows Rugged Agent Settings page. The user category ties end users to specific Launcher profiles allowing you to tailor Launcher layout and configuration to individual end users. Consider creating user groups based on the end user's role.
  8. Configure the remaining options:
    Settings Descriptions
    Allowed Applications
    Application Name Specifies the application name that displays in the AirWatch App Launcher.
    File Path to Exe Defines the file path of the application and includes the executable file.
    Arguments (Optional) Enter any command-line arguments to run the application.
    Hide Masks the application on the device.
    Start Up Options Select the condition that triggers the launcher starting.
    Delayed Launch

    Select the time (in seconds) that the launcher is delayed from starting following device boot.

    This setting requires Start Up Options to be set to Delayed Start.

    Console Application Defines the application as not having a user interface or as a background process.
    Tools Menu Lists applications on the Tools menu for the App Launcher.
    Background Application Select if the application requires no user interaction and you want it to run in the background.
    Disable App Close Removes the close button from the application preventing the user from closing the app. Select this option only for dedicated use applications.
    Enable Home Button

    Allows you to minimize a whitelisted application and return to the main App Launcher page while keeping the current session active for that app.

    If you want to return to the minimized app, select the icon on the App Launcher screen.

    Application Icon Path Defines the path to the location of the application icon that resides on the device. If the desired icon does not reside on the device, then you can upload an image.
    Upload Icon Allows you to upload an image (icon) that can be associated to an application by entering the path in the Application Icon Path text box.
    View Time Displays the time for application processes.
    Disable Active Sync Disables the use of the Exchange ActiveSync protocol for application transactions.
    Disable Keyboard Disables the use of the device keyboard to perform application processes.
    View IP Address Displays the device's IP address within application processes.
    Enable Native Taskbar* Uses the default taskbar for that device instead of the custom launcher taskbar.
    View Connection Status Displays the connection status of the device.
    Show Message Notification Displays a message indicator for unviewed messages from a third-party application.
    Display Organization Group Displays the Organization Group of the signed-in user.
    View Wi-Fi Signal Displays the strength of the Wi-Fi signal.
    View Cell Signal Displays the strength of the cell signal.
    View Battery Icon Displays the amount of power remaining in the battery.
    View Volume Displays the level the volume is set to on the device.
    Display Missed Call Notification Displays a notification when an incoming call was not answered/missed.
    Display SMS/Text Notification Displays a notification when the device received a text message.

    *When selected, these settings are disabled except for View Time, Disable Active Sync, Disable Keyboard, and View IP Address. These exceptions exist because the native taskbar only displays the icons/settings that are available to that device.

    These settings allow the user to customize and manage the contents of the Tools Menu on the Launcher. You can select any combination of the following options to make those options available to the user on the Tools Menu. A second option is to whitelist the application under the Allowed Application section by selecting the Tools Menu option next to that application. A third option is to configure apps directly on a device, provided the configure option is enabled.
    Restart AW Agent Allows the user to restart the AirWatch Service on the device.
    Restart AWCM Allows the user to restart the AWCM Service on the device.
    Start AW Diagnostics Allows the user to open and access the AirWatch Diagnostics utility.
    Start App Manager

    Allows the user to open and access the Application Manager utility.

    The Launcher is capable of multiple profile support. Profiles that are active and meet the assignment criteria for that device.

    Multiple profile support requires AirWatch Agent version or higher.

    Configure Allows the user to configure all areas of the Launcher directly on the device, including Allowed Applications, Settings, and Tools Menu.
    Select Launcher View/Layout Style

    Select the format for the view/layout.

    • Grid – Traditional grid layout of applications.
    • List – List of applications with a small thumbnail of the app icon.
    • Plain List – List of applications with no thumbnail of app icon.
    • None – No preset view/layout. End users can select the view/layout they want. If you select a view/layout other than None, end users cannot change the view/layout.
    Enable Wallpaper

    Enable to set a wallpaper for the Launcher. You must select a Landscape and Portrait mode image.

  9. Select Save & Publish.

Wallpapers cannot exceed 640x480 or be more than 20 KB. Images larger than 20 KB cannot display.