🔧 Configuration - How to create a mobile app

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Wait, first a minor prerequisite. 

To be able to connect to the mobile application, you need to authorize it to manage the authentication with your Azure Active Directory (You need to be an Azure Active directory administrator and consent to this application: Follow this link)

Now let's begin

From the new Powell Manager interface, you can access the entire list of your mobile applications and create a new one by clicking the "Create a new application button." 

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A wizard will help you create your office and your frontline workers app in less than 2 minutes!

First step: Name your app 

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Give a title and a description of your app.

If you are in the premium plan, the title will be the name used for the package and displayed in the device launcher. Otherwise, this information is only used inside Powell Manager.

Second step: Choose the look and feel you want to apply

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Define the color of your app (used for all actions inside the app: the menu, the refresh button, ...) by selecting the color in the list of proposed colors or choosing a custom option.

Then, define the theme of your app that will be used for the page inside the app.

You can see the final result given according to your choices on the right!

Third step: Declare authorized domains and the site collection URL for the search

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Set the following requirements :

  • Site Collection url: Powell App requires a valid existing site collection in SharePoint Online in order to use the graph API and the REST API to display data from your SharePoint. This site collection needs to be accessible at least in READ by all your Powell App users.
  • Authorized domains: Add the AAD domains that can access this application. Domains are in the format @[mydomain. com]

 

Your app is ready!

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Starting here, your app is ready to be used.

Indeed, during the creation process, we create by default standard navigation, shown below :

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Nb: The Non Office 365 workers' navigation will be created only if you have subscribed to the dedicated license. If you want to know more about the feature, do not hesitate to contact us.

To go further...

Suppose you have in mind to customize your application. In that case, you can access the entire configuration by clicking the "Go to app configuration" button at the end of the creation wizard or on the app in the list of application(s).

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Do the three first tabs seem similar to the wizard steps? Yes, they do!

You will find the same configuration behind the "General information," "Look & Feel," and "Settings" parts.

So focus on the others.

Notifications

In this part, you can choose to enable the notifications in the mobile app for all your registered users (a registered user is a user who connects to the application at least once and still has the app installed).

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Once you enable the feature, you can define additional options:

Azure notification hub (needed only for the premium app): Please refer to the related documentation on How to create an Azure Notification Hub

Available languages: This option is needed only in a variation context. Define the list of available languages in which your content can be published. Your users can subscribe to a language (as a tag). By default, the preferred language specified in the O365 user profile (if it exists) or the language of the device will be checked.

Default subscriptions: Define a relationship between a group of subscriptions and a user profile property. When a user connects to the app, if the value of his user property matches a value in the linked group of subscriptions, the subscription will be checked by default, and the user will not be able to uncheck it.

Navigation

It's from here where you can define the navigation menu of your mobile application.

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Nb: The Non Office 365 workers' navigation will be enabled only if you have subscribed to the dedicated license. If you want to know more about the feature, do not hesitate to contact us.

 

For both parts, you can create :

  • Header(s): That allows you to gather your Tiles in categories
  • Tile(s): That allows you to define all links in your mobile navigation. You have two choices :
    • Static link: a simple URL to an existing site
    • Page: created from Powel manager

 

IOS and Android settings

These two tabs are enabled only if you subscribe to the Premium offer.

Please refer to the related documentation on how to deploy a custom package (IOS or Android)

 

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