How to Block System Apps for Google Workspace Users on Android Mobile Devices

Quick and easy-to-follow guide for Google Workspace administrators

Requirements to block system apps on Android mobile devices

This setting only applies to company-owned Android devices.

About blocking system apps on Android mobile devices

  • You can allow or block Google Workspace users from using system apps such as the Gallery, Calculator, and others.
  • You can also choose particular apps that you want to allow or block.
  • Note that system apps still can’t be uninstalled, although you can disable access to them.
  • Also, because some apps are vital for devices to function, they will still be available even when you choose to block all system apps. 
  • In addition, blocking system apps doesn’t remove access to apps you have added as managed.

How to block system apps on Android mobile devices step-by-step with images

Step 1

How To Block System Apps For Google Workspace Users On Android Mobile Devices - Step 1

In Google Admin at https://admin.google.com, click Devices > Mobile & endpoints > Settings > Android settings in the menu on the left.

Step 2

How To Block System Apps For Google Workspace Users On Android Mobile Devices - Step 2

Select the Apps and data sharing section.

Step 3

How To Block System Apps For Google Workspace Users On Android Mobile Devices - Step 3

Click System apps.

Step 4

How To Block System Apps For Google Workspace Users On Android Mobile Devices - Step 4

Select Allow all to allow system apps, Disable all to prevent users from accessing them, or Allow certain system apps to whitelist specific apps that can be accessed and disable the rest.

Click SAVE after any updates. Changes can require up to 24 hours.

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