About Zebra Mobility DNA

MDNA Licensing


Zebra Mobility DNA is a set of tools and features for enhancing productivity, performance and security of Zebra devices running Android. With its two-tiered system, Zebra gives partners the flexibility of selecting full-featured Enterprise devices out of the gate, or reducing initial costs with the Professional series and upgrading as their organization grows.

  • Zebra Professional-series devices provide the core elements of MDNA, equipping devices such as the TC21 and TC26 with the most critical tools for app development and device management for enterprise mobility deployments of all sizes.
  • Zebra Enterprise-series devices include the full MDNA suite of enhancements for increased levels of productivity, performance and security.
    When Multi-user Android is enabled on a device, MX and Mobility DNA features work only with the Primary user.

Licensing on Devices With Android 13

New security measures imposed by Android 13 require a change to the Zebra licensing process. The File Manager Action "Deploy file for an application" must be included in the StageNow Profile and staging barcode or .bin file for compatibility with devices running Android 13. This is required before using the Zebra License Manager app on the device to activate a license. The video below describes the new process in detail.

MDNA Components and Features

The following table indicates which Mobility DNA features are included with Zebra Professional, Converged, and Enterprise devices, whether the features are included in the hardware, and whether any additional licenses are required. Alternatively, view the table in a separate window.

Zebra Professional Series Devices

Field Mobility, Retail Warehouse, Manufacturing Healthcare
Wi-Fi only TC21 ‡
Wi-Fi, WWAN TC26 ‡
MC2700 TC26-HC

TC21 and TC26 device SKUs with a 3, 4, 7 or J in the fourth position (i.e. TC21xx-xNxxxx) ship with an MDNA Enterprise license preinstalled.

Software Components

All-Touch Terminal Emulation

Converts legacy green-screen apps into Android apps with a modern, tap-only UI for mobile devices.

Learn more about ATTE


Add scanning and data acquisition to any application on a device without coding. Manipulate and deliver acquired data as needed for an enterprise based on simple options or complex rules. NOTE: A Mobility DNA Enterprise License is required for use of multi-barcode scanning and image/document capture on Zebra Professional-series devices. Separate licenses are required for acquiring data using OCR on ALL Professional- and Enterprise-series devices.

Mobility DNA OCR Wedge licenses:
  • Mobility DNA License Plate OCR
  • Mobility DNA Universal ID OCR
  • Mobility DNA Vehicle Identification Number OCR
  • Mobility DNA Tire Identification Number OCR
  • Mobility DNA Meter Reading OCR

* Each Mobility DNA OCR Wedge license must be purchased separately.

Learn more about DataWedge

Device Central

Centralized solution for connecting and monitoring Bluetooth peripherals using a simple user interface. Pair and unpair Bluetooth peripherals, monitor connection status, provide details on supported peripherals and update firmware.

Learn more about Device Central

Device Diagnostics

Instantly test and diagnose Zebra mobile-devices hardware to determine proper functionality and system health. Useful for quickly troubleshooting device issues to reduce downtime and increase worker productivity.

Learn more about Device Diagnostics

Device Tracker On-cloud

Cloud-based solution for tracking and locating misplaced devices within a facility. Helps improve worker productivity and reduce device inventory shrinkage using a company's existing Wi-Fi network infrastructure, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) signaling and audio alerts. Licensed separately from other MDNA solutions. A license is required for ALL supported devices.

Device Tracker On-prem is discontinued and is no longer being supported. Please see Device Tracker On-cloud for more information.

DNA Cloud

Zebra DNA Cloud is an administrative solution for managing and configuring Zebra devices and apps. Like a cloud-based version of StageNow, zDNA Cloud also performs licensing and other administrative tasks, and will eventually do much more.

Learn mode about DNA Cloud

EMDK for Android

Extends Android Studio for Mac OS and Windows with class libraries, sample apps and source code, enabling developers to easily build apps that take full advantage of the power of Zebra devices. Also includes the Profile Manager GUI tool for generating XML code for configuring features and settings on Zebra devices.

Learn more about EMDK-A

EMDK for Xamarin

An IDE extension that adds class libraries, sample applications and source code for creating apps for Zebra Android devices using C#. Also includes the Profile Manager GUI tool for generating XML code for configuring features and settings on Zebra devices.

Learn more about EMDK-X

Enterprise Browser

Mobile browser environment for quickly building apps for Android and Windows Mobile/CE with HTML, CSS and JavaScript that can scan barcodes, capture signatures, process payments, print and fill most any other enterprise use case. Supported for use with most Zebra mobile devices, printers and peripherals.

Important PS20 Information

  • PS20s running Android 11 (or later) require Enterprise Browser (or later)
  • PS20s running Android 10 must upgrade to Android 11 to run EB (or later)
  • Use the May 2022 LifeGuard update† to avoid additional EB licensing requirements

Enterprise Browser must be reinstalled following the May 2022 LifeGuard update.

Go to EB downloads

Go to LG updates

Learn more about EB

Enterprise Home Screen

Replacement launcher for Zebra devices running Android that provides a GUI-based and code-free method of controlling access to apps and settings on a Zebra device. Easily limits usage to one or more specified applications, prevents changes to device settings and locks down the file system.

Learn more about EHS

Enterprise Keyboard

Flexible and efficient alternative to the stock Android keyboard provides programmable keys, switches quickly between languages and custom key layouts, and can scan barcode data directly into an application using any of the device's scanners. Includes EKB Designer tool for creating fully customized key layouts.

Learn more about EKB Learn more about EKB Designer

LifeGuard Over-the-Air Updates

Firmware delivery application works with a select set of Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) systems to deploy operating-system updates wirelessly to Zebra mobile devices running Android. Also retrieves device info, including Android version and current base build and patch, and can report whether the device is running Google Mobile Services.

[Learn more about LifeGuard OTA Updates](https://developer.zebra.com/apis/ota-update-delivery-0)

PTT Express

Enables push-to-talk communications between compatible devices over an existing Wi-Fi network. Provides a cost-effective way to enabling basic voice connections among small groups of workers inside the four walls of any enterprise.

Learn more about PTT Express

Also available for devices running Windows mobile


Brings DEX communications to Zebra’s Android and Windows Mobile handheld computers. Works with DEX cables and the Bluetooth-enabled DX30 device.

Learn more about SmartDEX


Device-staging utility for configuring Zebra devices provides a point-and-click environment for quickly setting up and deploying devices by scanning, tapping an NFC tag or reading settings from in a file. Integrates seamlessly with most Enterprise Mobility Management systems for seamless mass deployment of device settings across an enterprise.

Learn more about StageNow

Wireless Analyzer

Wi-Fi analysis and troubleshooting tool examines Wi-Fi issues from a mobile device to help bring about a solution. Background tool performs real-time analysis of data and voice issues such as device coverage and roaming, end-to-end connectivity and RF networking. Also performs logging and packet capture. Also see Wireless Insights.

Learn more about Wireless Analyzer

Wireless Insights

Works with Wireless Analyzer to provide a real-time data stream between a company's Zebra mobile devices and wireless network into a vendor-specific third-party network monitoring dashboard (purchased separately). Simplifies the examination and resolution of Wi-Fi issues before they impact workforce productivity.

Learn more about Wireless Insights

Workstation Connect

A hardware and software solution for select Zebra devices running Android that allows a mobile device to provide a desktop-like experience. The solution includes Zebra's Workstation Docking Cradle, which provides connections to an HDMI external monitor, wired Ethernet and four USB ports for attaching a keyboard, mouse and other peripherals.

Learn more about Workstation Connect

Zebra Volume Control

Add, delete and replace Audio Profiles and select an Audio Profile as the device default. Can modify the permanent the "Factory Preset" Audio Profile and control the Mute and Vibrate states of the device, which are independent of all audio streams and Audio Profiles.

Learn more about Zebra Volume Control

Licensed Mobility Extensions

The MX Management System (MXMS) is Zebra's proprietary XML-based communication framework for managing Zebra Android device settings and behavior. MX functions are implemented as Configuration Service Provider (CSP) apps for most Android subsystems and are subject to licensing as shown below. Note: Each MDNA Enterprise license covers all MDNA features for one device.

Learn more about MX


Controls the ability of a device to pair with headsets, printers, computers and other Bluetooth devices that come into range. Also controls whether the device is "discoverable" by other Bluetooth devices for initiating pairing requests with it.

Licensed parameters:

  • AllowDiscoverability
  • AllowPairing
  • AllowSilentPairing
  • SilentPairingAction
  • SinglePairing
  • Scanner NFC Tap-to-Pair

Learn more about Bluetooth Manager

Learn more about NFC Tap-to-Pair


Administers the wireless LAN settings and network profiles for a device, including the saved settings required for connecting to various Wi-Fi networks.

Licensed parameters:

  • 2.4GHzChannels
  • 5.0GHzChannels
  • 802.11v
  • Authentication (LEAP option)
  • Authentication (EAP-FAST-GTC option)
  • AutoTimeConfig
  • BandPreference
  • CallAdmissionControl
  • CCKM_Config
  • EnableRestrictedSettingsUI
  • Gratuitous_ARP
  • Hotspot
  • Hotspot24GHz
  • Hotspot5GHz
  • PasswordClearPEAPGTC
  • PasswordEncryptedPEAPGTC
  • PasswordProtectEncryption
  • SubNetRoam
  • UseHotspotOptions
  • WMM-PS (PowerSave Option 4)

Learn more about Zebra Wi-Fi

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