Application groups identify permitted and restricted applications so that compliance policies can act on devices that do not follow protective standards.

You can configure app groups for several platforms but you cannot combine all of them with compliance polices. For those platforms that you cannot combine with compliance policies, apply an application control profile.

App Group

Platform

Works with

Compliance Policies

Works with

Application Control Profiles

Android Yes Yes
Apple iOS Yes No
Windows Phone No Yes

You are not required to configure application groups. However, application groups enhance the efficacy and reach of your compliance policies with minimal configurations.

Application

Group

Description

Compliance

Policy

Action
Whitelisted

Managed devices can install these applications from the AirWatch Catalog.

If an application is not on the list, it is not permitted on managed devices.

Contains Non-Whitelisted Apps The compliance engine identifies applications not in the whitelisted app group installed on the device and applies the actions that are configured in the compliance rule.
Blacklisted

Managed devices do not install these applications from the AirWatch Catalog.

If an application is on this list, it is not allowed on managed devices.

Contains Blacklisted Apps The compliance engine identifies applications from the blacklisted app group on the device and applies the actions that are configured in the compliance rule.
Required

Managed devices are required to install these applications from the AirWatch Catalog.

If an application is on this list, it is required device users install it on managed devices.

Does Not Contain Required Apps The compliance engine identifies applications from the required app group missing on the device and applies the actions that are configured in the compliance rule.

For more topics about app groups, see Application Groups Overview.