Using Google Play Bulk Licensing with BlackBerry UEM

BlackBerry UEM allows you to choose apps from Google Play to be deployed to your Android Enterprise users.  Apps can be configured to be required or optional.  This is a simple process for free applications.  But you may wonder how this should be done for paid apps.  It would be very inefficient to just whitelist a paid app in BlackBerry UEM and have employees purchase and expense it to the company.  The better approach is to use the bulk licensing feature of Google Play.

Step 1 – Make the Bulk Purchase in Google Play

The first step is to make a bulk purchase in Google Play.  To do so log into with the Google account used to set up Android Enterprise on your BlackBerry UEM server.  After selecting the app you wish to purchase, you’ll see screens similar to the one below, where you can click on the Buy button to purchase licenses in bulk.

Step 2 – Add the App to BlackBerry UEM

The process to add a bulk license app to BlackBerry UEM is the same as any other app found in Google Play.

  1. From the left menu in BlackBerry UEM choose Apps
  2. Click on the Add App button
  3. Choose Google Play
  4. Locate the application and click Approve

Step 3 – View Used and Available App Licenses in BlackBerry UEM

As shown in step 1, you can log into Google Play Work with your Android Enterprise administrator account to view the used and available app licenses.  This information is also visible in BlackBerry UEM (version 12.8+).  To see it, follow the steps below.

  1. From the left BlackBerry UEM menu, expand Apps
  2. Click on Android app licenses
  3. Scroll to view the desired application

Following the steps above will allow you to efficiently distribute paid apps from Google Play to Android Enterprise users.

Mark Sohm

About Mark Sohm

Senior Technical Solutions Manager on the Solution Architects team.

Mark Sohm joined BlackBerry in 2003 and currently works as a Senior Technical Solutions Manager on the Solutions Architects team. Mark Sohm has been helping developers create applications using BlackBerry technologies for over 15 years, starting way back with the very first BlackBerry JDK on BlackBerry OS 3.6 through to BlackBerry 10 and now Android with BlackBerry Dynamics and Android Enterprise.