Best Practices & Guides

Downloadable documents and links to Zebra-recommended best practices and guides for tackling common issues.

Android Versions A-to-Z

Reports from the Android and Zebra development communities describing changes to Android versions from Lollipop to the present, and their effect on Zebra devices and apps.

Android 11+ Migration

Moving to Android 11, 13 or beyond? There are changes to the platforms that run most Zebra devices. These guides explain what's changing and why, when each change is happening and how to adapt.


Provides guidance and best practices for DataWedge application development, including performance optimization and various use cases for optimal user experience.

Kiosk Persistence After an Enterprise Reset

Describes how to preserve settings following an Enterprise Reset on a persistence-enabled device that implements a secure Android launcher and/or its Kiosk Mode feature deployed using the Zebra StageNow administration tool or an enterprise mobile management (EMM) system such as those from SOTI or AirWatch (specific instructions provided).


Describes how to deliver OS updates and security patches to Zebra Android devices.

Persistence for EMMs

Provides guidance on how to persist apps, settings and data following an Enterprise Reset, while preserving an EMM agent and its related data and services.


Explores common performance and stability mistakes made by developers and describes methods for avoiding them. Also covers practices for creating the best user experience for customers and how to get the most from Zebra value-added features.

Reduce Outbound Network Traffic from Zebra Android Devices

A guide to traffic-generating apps and services preinstalled on Zebra devices, how to disable them, and the possible ramifications of doing so.

SimulScan Migration

A guide to SimulScan features that are migrated to NextGen SimulScan, now integrated into the internal scanning framework on Zebra devices.

WS50 Wearable Touch Computer

A series of guides for administrators and application developers targeting the Zebra WS50 wearable mobile computer with integrated scanner.

Zebra Device Licensing

This section lists the apps and features included with Zebra Professional and Enterprise devices and describes the process of purchasing and applying a Mobile DNA Enterprise license to upgrade a Zebra Professional device for access to Enterprise-grade features.