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What happens to DA apps when upgraded from Android P to Android Q?

The following Device Admin (DA) APIs will fail to work when your EMM DPC is upgraded to target the Android Q API level:

If your DA App relies on any of these, you will eventually need to migrate your app to an Android Enterprise Device Owner (DO) or Profile Owner (PO) as the above four polices cannot be delegated by a DO/PO to a DA. Only devices that run DPCs targeting Q features are required to migrate if they are still on DA. DPCs targeting an API level below Q:

  • will not be impacted, even if the devices are upgraded to Android Q.
  • will continue to be installable on devices running Android Q.

Note: Apps uploaded to Google Play are now required to target a recent Android API level to ensure that users benefit from significant security and performance improvements. It’s reasonable to expect that the API target will increase as new API versions are released. This means that DA apps may eventually have to target Q if they wish to update their DPCs over Play.