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How to provision a Google Play for Education tablet

Today I’m gonna show you guys how to provision or enroll an EDU tablet into Google Play for Education.

I have two tablets here, the one on top is a student tablet, freshly factory wiped (you can find the video on resetting the device here).

This is the welcome screen, where you need to be. Make sure you haven’t clicked start or accessibility or anything like that—if you did, you’ll have to go through the factory reset process.

I’m gonna put this tablet aside as the next one is ready to go. On the teacher tablet or the “provisioning” tablet (however your district refers to them) There an app called Google EDU device setup, and I’m gonna walk you through this really quickly and show you how to tap two samsung Tab 4s together.

So I’m working on a single student device so I’m gonna click “one student per device”

Note that some tablets allow for multiple students per device, but the Tab 4 only allows for one, so that’s the option we’re choosing.

I’m logging in as our “teacher” account (you’ll have to set your own up, and we’ll have videos on how to set that up and make sure that certain users in your organization have the right permisssions in order to be able to provision.


After you’ve chosen to provision a single device, you can continue down with the arrows.


You’ll then be prompted to enter the student’s login information, and click next. It will then
verify that this user is in your domain.

Next, it will ask you to set a pin, this could be different for every device—or every classroom, or some other parameter—the way you do it can differ, whichever way your domain administrator would prefer.

Once the pin is set, it’ll remind you of a few directions to keep in mind before you start:

  • Turn the target device on.
  • Bump (bring the device back to back) with this one.
  • Wait for the confirmation sound.


So you’ll now be ready to bump. You’ll take the devices and align them the same way—lay one on top of the other. You’ll hear a quick sound that alerts that the tablets have seen each other, and the student tablet will begin to provision itself.

I like to leave the tablet right where it’s at, and let it get through all 3 provisioning steps before moving it.

  • Connected to network
  • Connected to Google
  • Added student profile


What it’s doing at this point, is the tablet is grabbing all of your organizational rules—your EDU tablet rules, student login information, profile information. It’s also going to lock certain portions of the device from the student, meaning that for any settings to be changed or to wipe the device, you’re going to need the admin pin—so it’s very important to keep track of that pin!

It will have started to connect to certain wifi networks which it’s also pulling from Google and your Google Play for Education account, and the device will just continue to provision itself. If you look at the teacher device, it will say that it’s activating the student device. Once it says it’s complete, you can click “Done.”

You’ll then be back at the beginning, and you can begin to provision the next device.



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