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How to Set up a Work Profile on an Android Mobile Device

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

What is a work profile on Android

  • A work profile allows you to keep company data separate from private data on the device. 
  • This way, company data is securely managed while still allowing devices to be used for personal things.
  • You get to have clearly defined, separate work and private areas of apps on your device.
  • Work profile apps and notifications have a blue briefcase on the bottom right of their icon on your screen so that you can distinguish them from your personal apps.

When is a work profile required

Details about work profiles

  • You can add only one Google Workspace account to devices with a work profile.
  • You can see your work profile in the Work section in Settings > Accounts.


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How to add a Google Workspace work profile to an Android device step-by-step with images

Step 1

How To Set Up A Work Profile On An Android Mobile Device - Step 1

You should have a notification on top telling you that you need to install Device Policy. Open this notification and select INSTALL.

Step 2

How To Set Up A Work Profile On An Android Mobile Device - Step 2

Tap ACCEPT & CONTINUE.

Step 3

How To Set Up A Work Profile On An Android Mobile Device - Step 3

Give it some time to start up.

Step 4

How To Set Up A Work Profile On An Android Mobile Device - Step 4

Click START to set up screen lock.

Step 5

How To Set Up A Work Profile On An Android Mobile Device - Step 5

Then tap INSTALL to install apps with access to data from the Google Workspace account. These apps are linked to the work profile.

Step 6

How To Set Up A Work Profile On An Android Mobile Device - Step 6

Tap NEXT.

Step 7

How To Set Up A Work Profile On An Android Mobile Device - Step 7

Tap DONE.

Step 8

How To Set Up A Work Profile On An Android Mobile Device - Step 8

The following apps visible on top have a blue briefcase on the bottom right of their icons, indicating that they are work apps. 

These apps are connected to company data in your Google Workspace and can be wiped remotely from the device using the Admin console at any time.

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