Managed Distribution for Mobile Devices

You can distribute App Store apps and apps (including custom B2B apps) purchased in volume to mobile devices or users for managed distribution.

For more information about purchasing apps and books in volume, visit one of the following websites:

Note: As an alternative to managed distribution, Jamf Pro also supports distributing App Store apps, and apps and books purchased in volume to mobile devices by associating redeemable VPP codes with the apps and books. For more information, see VPP Code Distribution for Mobile Devices.

Managed Distribution for Mobile Devices

Jamf Pro allows you to distribute App Store apps and apps purchased in volume directly to mobile devices for managed distribution. Because managed distribution for mobile devices is device-based, user registration with volume purchasing is not required and users do not need to provide an Apple ID.

Jamf Pro can be used to automatically update apps in Jamf Pro and on mobile devices on a schedule, and app updates can be forced at any time. Apps distributed directly to mobile devices do not appear in the user's own App Store purchase history and the apps cannot be updated by users.

Managed distribution for mobile devices requires devices with iOS 9 or later. To distribute App Store apps and apps purchased in volume to mobile devices using managed distribution, you need a volume purchasing location set up Jamf Pro. For more information, see Integrating with Volume Purchasing.

To distribute an App Store app or app purchased in volume directly to a mobile device, when configuring the app distribution settings, choose the location that purchased the app for managed distribution. For more information, see App Store Apps.

Note: If you have apps that were distributed with user-based volume assignments and the apps are device-assignable, you can move to device-based managed distribution for the apps. For more information, see the Moving from User- to Device-based Volume Purchasing Assignments Knowledge Base article.

Managed Distribution for Users

Jamf Pro also allows you to distribute App Store apps, and apps and books purchased in volume to users for managed distribution. Because managed distribution for users is user-based, it involves user registration and volume purchasing user assignments. For more information, see Volume Purchasing User Registration and User-Based Volume Assignments.

Managed distribution for users requires mobile devices with iOS 7 or later.

Related Information

For related information, see the following Jamf Knowledge Base video:

Deploying a Device-Based Volume Purchase Program (VPP) iOS Application with Jamf Pro

For related information, see the following sections in this guide:

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