Understanding App Distribution Methods

Jamf Pro provides two app distribution methods for iOS devices: install the app automatically/prompt users to install the app, or make the app available in Self Service Mobile for iOS.

Install Automatically/Prompt Users to Install

When you distribute an app using this method, it is managed by Jamf Pro when possible. (For more information, see Managed App Requirements.)

To distribute an app using this method, the app must be free or paid for by the organization using Apple’s Volume Purchase Program (VPP).

Free App or User-Based VPP Assignment
For free apps or apps distributed via VPP-managed distribution by assigning the app to users (user-based VPP assignment), the app is installed automatically if the following conditions are met:

  • The device has iOS 7 or later.

  • The device is supervised.

  • The user is signed in to the iTunes Store on the device.

Users are prompted to install the app if these conditions are not met.

Device-Based VPP Assignment
For apps distributed via VPP-managed distribution by assigning the app directly to mobile devices (device-based VPP assignment), the app is installed automatically if the following conditions are met:

  • The device has iOS 9 or later.

  • The device is supervised.

Users are prompted to install the app if these conditions are not met.

Make Available in Self Service

When you distribute an app using this method, you can choose whether or not to make the app managed when possible. (For more information, see Managed App Requirements.)

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