iOS App Distribution with Hexnode MDM

Hexnode MDM helps you to deploy apps – either apps from the App Store or Enterprise apps – to iOS devices. You can either add apps to MDM console to have it installed quickly at a later stage or install apps from the App Store directly to the devices.

Add app from App Store

Method 1: Add an app to MDM console

Add an app to MDM console to have it quickly installed on selected devices at a later stage.

  1. Go to Admin > App Settings.
  2. Select +Add apps > Store App.
  3. Uncheck Android.
  4. Search the app using the search box. Additionally, you can select a country to get the apps from the App Store of a particular country.
  5. To add an app, click on the Add button to the right of the required app.
  6. Click Done, when you’re done.

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Method 2: Install app from App Store directly to selected devices

  1. Go to Management and select devices.
  2. Select Manage > Install application.
  3. Click on Public Store tab > Apple radio button and search for apps.
  4. Check all apps required > Done.

Method 3: Install app directly from App Store to a single device

  1. Go to Management and click on the device name.
  2. Proceed to Actions > Install Application.
  3. Click on Public Store tab and search for apps.
  4. Check all apps required > Done.

Add Enterprise app

To add an enterprise app,

  1. Go to Admin > App settings.
  2. Select +Add apps > Enterprise app.
  3. Select the radio button with Apple’s icon.
  4. There will be two options available:
    • Upload with IPA file: Click on Choose File and select an IPA file from your system. OR
    • Upload from manifest URL: Provide the URL for the location where the app resides.
  5. Select a category available from the list. To add missing categories, Press the add (+) button and type in the category.
  6. Give a description of the app in Description text box.
  7. There’ll be two advanced settings – Remove on Disenroll and Prevent App Backup.
    • Remove on Disenroll option will uninstall the Enterprise app if the device is disenrolled.
    • Prevent App Backup will prevent the app data from backing up.

Install apps

There are two ways to install any previously added app(s):

  • Go to Management, select device(s) > Manage > Install application. Select the app(s) from list > Done.
  • Click on a device name. Actions > Install application. Select the app(s) from list > Done.

You can choose to display iOS apps only instead of Android, while you are in the app selection window.

Install apps from Policies

You can also add an App Store app or an Enterprise app from Policies.

Method 1: Set mandatory apps

  1. Go to Policies and name it.
  2. Click on App Management tab > Mandatory Apps > +Add > select Add Apps or Add Group.
  3. Select the apps already added to Admin > App settings or go to Public Apps tab and add apps from the App Store. If you’ve created an App Group at Admin > App settings > App groups, then select the app group from the list.

Method 2: Select an app catalog

  1. Go to Policies and name it.
  2. Click on App Management tab > Catalogue > Add Catalogues.
  3. Select the catalogs you need to add, and click on Done.

Associate the policy to target devices and the apps will be added to the devices.

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