About AirWatch Relay
Google has created a true corporate ownership mode for Android for Work devices that allows AirWatch and the IT administrator to control the entire device. This mode is known as “Work Managed Device” mode. The purpose of this app is to provision a second device into Work Managed Device mode and auto-enroll it into AirWatch.
Setting up a Work Managed Device mode requires a staging process. This means that since the devices being provisioned are truly for corporate ownership, they will be staged and enrolled by the IT administrator before being given to an end user. This will require a staging device or a “parent device” that will stage a “child device”. The parent device will have an application called the AirWatch Relay installed on it. This application will relay information through NFC telling the child device to:
Set the device date/time and locale
Connect to the staging Wi-Fi network
Download the latest production version of the AirWatch Agent for Android
Silently set the AirWatch Agent as device administrator
Automatically enroll the agent into AirWatch
Note: the child device must be in a factory reset state and support/have NFC turned on by default in order to be provisioned into Work Managed Device mode. This will guarantee that the device is not setup for personal use.
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