Mobile Acrobat Android for Work

Android for Work (AFW) supports enterprise app management via separate end user work and non-work profiles. IT admins can then independently manage these profiles and secure work data without adversely impacting end user personal apps and data. Work profiles have no dependency or interaction with non-work profiles.

Acrobat Reader’s supports for AFW and is compliant with any EMM vendor the provides AFW deployments, including Workspace One, MobileIron, AirWatch, and so on. AFW allows admins to restrict certain actions when the app is running in a managed profile, including:

  • Copying: Control printing from the managed app.

  • Printing: Control printing from the managed app.

  • Optional Sign on workflow: Require optional, first-time sign in workflows.

Tip

AFW support is built in. You should follow the configuration steps provided by your product.

System requirements

Devices must meet the following requirements:

  • Android 5.0 or later.

  • The hardware manufacturer has enabled native support of Android for Work.

  • The device supports multi-user.

Deployment

After importing the installer, Acrobat’s configuration options should appear in your vendor console. Configuration options include the following:

EMM vendor console

key

default

description

enable_copying

true

Controls the availability of copy option while selecting text. If enabled, PDF content can be copied to destinations out of the application.

enable_printing

true

Controls the availability of Print option for an open PDF file. If enabled, PDFs can be printed by tapping on the overflow menu and then the Print option.

enable_optional_sign_in

true

Controls whether or not to show the app sign in screen on first launch. You can disable this screen if users don’t need to access any services which require a sign in to Document Cloud.

Once you’ve deployed the AFW app, end users will see two Acrobat Reader versions on their device. The default version provides access to personal files, while the AFW version managed by IT appears with an Android for Work icon.

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MobileIron console example

After importing the installer, Acrobat’s configuration options should appear in your vendor console. For details, refer to the MobileIron documentation.

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AirWatch console example

After importing the installer, Acrobat’s configuration options should appear in your vendor console. For details, refer to the AirWatch documentation.

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What to tell end users

Let end users know that:

  • Their organization controls the ability to copy and print from the AFW app as well as the sign in workflow.

  • Personal data and work data are kept separate. Work data is encrypted and secure. Work data is part of a managed profile. The storage area for this profile is kept separate from the primary profile (a personal profile) to ensure data separation. The data from one profile cannot pass over to another profile unless allowed by the IT administrator, and it is encrypted.

  • The icon for the Android for Work version of Acrobat Reader is marked with a briefcase badge:

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Help for end users

Google provides AFW documentation for end users with an AFW work profile on their device here: https://support.google.com/work/android/answer/6191949?hl=en