Android System Update in the Single App LockTask mode

Satish Shetty Updated by Satish Shetty

Locktask mode is a powerful feature in Android that is useful for many business and education use cases. It allows a device to be locked into a single app, preventing the user from accessing other apps or features on the device. However, while in locktask mode, it is not possible to perform a system update directly from the device.

Fortunately, if you are using a Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution such as Codeproof, you can still manage system updates on a device in locktask mode in the following ways.

Firstly, it is highly recommended to use a maintenance window when setting system updates on a device that’s in Lock Task Mode or Kiosk Mode. The systemUpdateType, WINDOWED, will allow devices in Kiosk mode to be updated within a time period. This is useful to ensure that the device is updated at a time when it is not being actively used, minimizing disruption to the user.

In addition to this, the following constraints must be met for your system to update automatically:

  1. The device must be connected to a Wi-Fi network to ensure a stable and reliable update process.
  2. The device must be charging to ensure that it has enough power to complete the update process.
  3. The device must be idle, which means that it is not actively being used by the user. This helps to prevent any interruption or unexpected behavior during the update process.

By using these guidelines and the support of an MDM solution, you can still manage system updates on devices in locktask mode or kiosk mode, ensuring that they stay up to date and secure without compromising on user experience or functionality.

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