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Add a Wear OS app

Last updated September 6th, 2023

Under normal use, Wear OS installs, updates, and removes apps to a smartwatch through the Galaxy Wearable app or the Google Play platform. When a Wear OS device is managed by Knox Manage, however, Managed Google Play — which handles app management on Android devices — isn’t available to control and deploy apps. Instead, apps can only be added, assigned, deployed and controlled as individual app packages (APK files), or in other words, as internal apps. Since all app management for Wear OS is achieved manually and in this piecemeal fashion, and you should plan your management strategy accordingly.

Add a Wear OS app

When you start managing a Wear OS app in Knox Manage, you must first add it to your tenant as an internal app through the Knox Manage console.

To add a Wear OS app:

  1. Go to Application, then click Add. The Select Application Type dialog opens.

    The Select Application Type dialog, with Platform set to Wear OS.

  2. For Platform, select Wear OS, then click Next. The Add Application page opens.

  3. Fill the details for the app:

    The Add Application page for a new Wear OS app, with an uploaded APK, name, and version.

    • For Application File, click upload and upload the app package from your file system. The app’s Version number and Package Name auto-populate after the file uploads successfully.
    • Give the app configuration a unique Name.
    • (Optional) Select whether to Uninstall if the app is unassigned from the device.
  4. Save the app:

    • Click Save to register the app and return to the list of apps.
    • Click Save & Assign to register the app and immediately assign it to a device group.

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