Unmanaged Apps

Add pre-installed or store-downloaded apps to ArborXR Home and Kiosk Mode.

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Written by Josh Franzen
Updated over a week ago

Overview

Unmanaged apps are apps that are installed to devices outside of ArborXR. Unmanaged apps cannot be installed to devices from ArborXR since the app file (.apk) does not get uploaded to ArborXR during this process.

For the purposes of this guide, it is assumed that all Unmanaged Apps have been either:

  1. Pre-installed by the device manufacturer

  2. Downloaded to the device from each device's respective app store

  3. Side-loaded via SideQuest or adb

πŸ’‘ With this feature, unmanaged apps can easily be:

  • Added to ArborXR Home so end-users can one click launch

  • Designated as the kiosk app in Kiosk Mode so that it will automatically launch upon powering on the headset

πŸ’‘ Note: If you want to use an app on the device's app store, we recommend reaching out to the app developer for app licensing information. We even have ways to make it very easy for app developers to share applications with their customers through ArborXR. Feel free to include us in the conversation if you ever get to this point with an app developer.


Create Unmanaged Apps

  1. Navigate to Content Library in the side navigation menu.

  2. Click Add Content.

  3. Select Unmanaged App.
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  4. This will open a modal where you will need to:

    • Enter the Title of the application.

    • Select the Platform Compatibility (i.e., whether the app is built for Pico Neo 2, HTC VIVE Focus Plus, etc.).

    • Enter the app's Package Name (i.e. Android's unique identifier for applications usually formatted com.example.app).
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      πŸ’‘In order for unmanaged apps to appear in ArborXR Home, our system must be made aware of the unique identifier for the app in question. For Android applications, the unique identifier is the Package Name. Once our system is made aware of the unique identifier of the app in question, the unmanaged app can be shown in ArborXR Home or auto-launched as the kiosk app.



      πŸ“– To identify the package name of the app in question, either refer to our running list of common package names or obtain the package name using this guide.


  5. Click Add App.


Details Tab

Details tab: Modify the Title and Description, assign Tags, and Add Platform compatibility.

  • Title: The title of the unmanaged app as it will be seen in VR.

  • Package Name: Android's unique identifier for applications usually formatted com.example.app.

  • Description: The description entered in the Description input is user-facing within VR in ArborXR Home.

  • Tags: Tags are a way for dashboard and ArborXR Home users to filter content. For more information on how you can use this feature, check out our article on Tags.

  • Add Platform: Add additional types of device that can run this app. For example, if the unmanaged app is developed for Quest devices, assign Meta Quest 1, Meta Quest 2, and Meta Quest Pro compatibility.


Add Unmanaged App(s) to ArborXR Home or Kiosk Mode

ArborXR Home

  1. Navigate to the individual ungrouped device or device group in question.

  2. Select the Headset Experience tab.

  3. Select ArborXR Home.
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  4. Under Included Apps, click on Unmanaged Apps to expand the section then select the managed apps that users should have access to within ArborXR Home.
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  5. Scroll down then click Apply Changes.

πŸ’‘ NOTE: Provided the selected unmanaged applications are installed on the device(s), either because they were pre-installed by the device manufacturer or because they were downloaded from the device's app store, the applications will appear in ArborXR Home.

πŸ’‘ For more information about configuring ArborXR Home, see this article.

Kiosk Mode

  1. Navigate to the individual ungrouped device or device group in question.

  2. Select the Headset Experience tab.

  3. Select Kiosk Mode.
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  4. Under Kiosk App, click on Unmanaged Apps to expand the section then select an unmanaged app to designate it as the kiosk app.
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  5. Scroll down then click Apply Changes.

πŸ’‘ NOTE: Provided the selected unmanaged application is installed on the device(s), either because it was pre-installed by the device manufacturer or because it was downloaded from the device's app store, the application will automatically launch upon powering on the device.

πŸ’‘ For more information about configuring Kiosk Mode, see this article.

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