How To Deploy Google Chrome Using Intune

Google Chrome is a very popular browser and much expected application on corporate machines by the end users. Microsoft has made significant improvements with the Edge browser (which is also Chromium based), but Chrome is still a leader in the browser world.

Google Chrome Flavours

Chrome browser comes in two flavours based on the audience – consumer & enterprise. Both flavours have the same functionality, but the difference is in how they are deployed and managed. The Enterprise version is the solution for businesses

Steps To Deploy Chrome Using Intune

The steps for deploying Chrome using Intune is same as most of the applications. You can use the ‘line of business app’ or the ‘Win32 app’ route. We will use the line of business app route in this article.

  1. Download the Chrome Enterprise msi from the Google site.
  2. Create a new line of business app with the msi downloaded using the Intune portal.
  3. Deploy the application to all the devices or a group of devices.
  4. Verify deployment of Chrome using the Intune portal.

How to deploy Chrome using Intune

Follow the steps below to download and deploy Google Chrome to Windows machines using Intune.

Step 1 – Download Chrome Enterprise MSI

First step is to navigate to the Google’s site from where we can download the enterprise MSI.

Select the ‘stable’ channel, ‘msi’ file type and ’64-bit’ architecture & hit the download button.

Step 2 – Create Application In Intune

Launch the Intune portal and login with an account that has admin access.

Navigate to Apps -> All Apps and click the Add button.

Pick the app type as ‘Line of business app’ and click the ‘select’ button.

Click on ‘select app package file’ within the ‘add app’ window.

Browse to the msi file that was downloaded in step 1 and select it. Click ok to continue.

It opens up the application window where more info about the app can be entered.

Enter Google as the publisher, set ‘ignore app version’ to yes (so that Chrome gets updated automatically). You can fill in other optional fields as well.

It is recommended to insert a logo, as it will be displayed in the Company portal app.

Pick your device assignments in the next window. You can either select ‘all devices’ or specify a group of devices.

Once you are happy with all the selections, click the ‘create’ button.

The application gets created straightaway within the Intune portal, but it will take a few mins for the MSI to be uploaded.

You will get the below notification in the portal while the MSI is getting uploaded.

Step 3 – Verify the deployment using Intune

Now that the application has been assigned to all devices (or group of devices), we need to monitor the status of the deployment.

Head over to the Intune portal and navigate to Apps -> All Apps -> Google Chrome -> Device Install Status.

Please let me know if you have any questions in the comments section.

Leave a Comment