Device-Assigned Managed Distribution

You can distribute App Store apps, and apps (including custom apps and apps offered as a Universal Purchase) and books purchased in volume to computers or mobile devices for managed distribution.

For more information about purchasing apps and books in volume, see the following Apple documentation:

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

With device-based managed distribution, you can use Jamf Pro to fully control your content. Jamf Pro can be used to automatically update apps in Jamf Pro and on computers or mobile devices on a schedule, and app updates can be forced at any time. Apps distributed directly to computers or mobile devices do not appear in the user's own App Store purchase history and the apps cannot be updated by users.

Device-based managed distribution requires the following:

  • Computers with macOS 10.11 or later

  • Mobile devices with iOS 9 or later

  • A volume purchasing location set up Jamf Pro. For more information, see Integrating with Volume Purchasing.

When you configure settings for the app, you choose the location that purchased the app for managed distribution. For more information, see Apps Purchased in Volume.

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.

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