Installing Android or iOS apps in the work space

Secure Work Space is a containerization, app wrapping, and secure connectivity option that provides control and security to Android and iOS devices in the enterprise. Work space apps are secured and separated from personal apps and data. The default work space apps include an integrated email, calendar, and contacts app, an enterprise-level secure browser, and a secure document viewing and editing app. The work browser allows users to securely browse the Internet while connected to the corporate intranet because data travels through the BlackBerry Infrastructure.

Your app must be secured (or wrapped) to install it within a Secure Work Space. Apps that run in the Secure Work Space use enterprise connectivity by default for secure communications.

Diagram comparing wrapped and unwrapped apps

There are two different application wrapping processes: partner and enterprise:

Partner application wrapping: This process prepares an enterprise app for sale and distribution through Google Play or the App Store. For more information about application wrapping, visit the following webpages:

Enterprise application wrapping: This process prepares an app for deployment within an enterprise environment. This process can be used for internally-developed applications that are not sold or distributed through Google Play or the App Store.

If you have Android or iOS apps that you want to install in the Secure Work Space, they must be converted to work space apps. After you convert your apps, you can distribute them using BES10 or BES12.

Diagram showing the app wrapping process


Your app must meet the following requirements before you can convert it to a work space app.


  • Apps must be in .apk file format
  • The .apk file must not be larger than 50 MB
  • Apps must be built for one of the following versions of Android: 2.3.x, 4.0.x, 4.1.x, 4.2.x, 4.3.x, 4.4, 5.0

You should use the Android SDK to build your app to avoid introducing incompatibilities. When building with Android Studio, the Android SDK build tool 19.1 or lower is recommended.


  • Apps must be in .ipa format
  • The .ipa file must not be larger than 50 MB
  • Apps must not be DRM protected
  • Apps must be developed uisng the iOS 7 SDK or later and the ARMv7 or ARMv7s architecture

You should use the Xcode IDE to build your apps. Using other build tools may introduce incompatibilities.