Locking down your devices with AirWatch Launcher includes the configuration of a profile and the deployment of the application to your device fleet. This profile allows complete customization of the look and feel of the device, and access to important settings and native applications depending on the app mode selected.

AirWatch Launcher can be configured in one of three app modes. Single App mode enables you to lock each device into a single app and prevent access to other features or settings on the device. You can provide access to dependent apps, set as hidden apps. Multi App mode enables you to restrict the Launcher profile to a limited set of whitelisted apps and customize the layout. Template Mode enables you to customize the entire user interface of the Launcher app such as app spaces, images, and text.

Using AirWatch Launcher with Android versus Android (Legacy)

How you use AirWatch Launcher depends on how you've configured setup in the Workspace ONE UEM console and the version of your Android devices:

  • If you have completed Android EMM Registration and are using Android 6.0+ Work managed devices:
    • Deploy AirWatch Launcher using the Android profile. Using AirWatch Launcher with the Android profile configures devices for a single purpose such as kiosk mode by whitelisting supported internal and public applications. This hides certain settings on the device to prevent users from exiting from the Launcher app. For more information on Workspace ONE UEM integration with Android, see the VMware AirWatch Android Platform Guide.
  • If you opted out of Android EMM Registration with Google:
    • Deploy AirWatch Launcher using the Android (Legacy) method.

      For more information on Workspace ONE UEM integration with Android (Legacy), see the VMware AirWatch Android (Legacy) Platform Guide.

After you configure all desired settings for your organization and selected app mode, determine what version of AirWatch Launcher you are pushing to our device fleet. You can control which devices receive the AirWatch Launcher by configuring the smart group assignment within the General profile when creating the Launcher profile.