Does soti support blacklisting of apps in managed google play store instead of whitelisting the required ones ?

Does soti support blacklisting of apps in managed google play store instead of whitelisting the required ones ?

I read in some blogs that now Android API enable MDMs to blacklist the non-required apps from managed playstore of the taditional method of whitelisting the required ones . Doees SOTI support this ?.

Ref- https://bayton.org/docs/enterprise-mobility/android/managed-google-play-whitelist-or-blacklist/

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Matt Dermody | posted this 26 January 2021

I don't believe so. MGPA is designed for you to Approve and Select the apps for your organization in a whitelisting style approach. I think you would have your hands full trying to maintain a blacklist for the 3,000,000+ apps in the public Play Store. 

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Raymond Chan | posted this 26 January 2021

While there may be some undocumented tricks to set blacklist (definitely not in the web-console GUI) on AE devices,  I totally agree with Matt that setting a concise app whitelist is much much easier and cleaner than managing an incredibly long blacklist. 

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Jorge Hussni - SAFIRA Telecom | posted this 26 January 2021

You can try this script to add a app to a blacklist on AE.

 

Script:

Manualblacklist on

Manualblacklist add <Package Name>

 

But I have to agree with Matt and Raymon it is not viable for you to work with the block via blacklist, I use this command to solve any problems isolated from the operation or something specific within the environment.

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Vikas | posted this 04 February 2021

Hi Matt,
Offcourse it is very difficult to blacklist a lot of apps. But my question is whether android gives this functionality or not.  Just want to know if the functionality is avilable or not.

 I think you would have your hands full trying to maintain a blacklist for the 3,000,000+ apps in the public Play Store. 

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Raymond Chan | posted this 04 February 2021

Hi Vikas,

The Manualblacklist script command can be used to add apps to an application-run-control blacklist, but it has its limitations.

If your device is in AE device-owner/managed-device mode,  all apps that have not been added in your own  "Managed" Google Play store are effectively blacklisted,  And apps that will be deployed are actually whitelisted by MDM administrator though inclusion in an AE App-Catalog rule.   So, unless you also allow device end-user to add his/her own personal Google Play account(s) or installation of apps from unknown .apk file on the device file system,  there is often no need to further set an app blacklist to block any installed app, which should has been installed because it's on the whitelist.

 

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Vikas | posted this 04 February 2021

Hi Raymond,

Thanks for trying to help me. Actually i am not trying to blacklist all the apps, i don't have any such use case. But i just want to know if Android provide an option to whitelist all apps through the MGPA. 

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