Apple Volume Purchase Program (VPP)
Apple Volume Purchase Program (VPP) enables businesses and educational institutions to purchase apps in bulk and distribute them to users. Hexnode UEM, with Apple’s VPP integration, simplifies and streamlines this program so that administrators can send apps to connected devices and users have the tools they need without having to wait for a lengthy installation process. Apple Volume Purchase Program is upgraded to Apple Business Manager (ABM). ABM offers a centralized console for app and device management that was previously governed via Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP) and Apple VPP.
Purchase apps in bulk using Apple VPP
Purchase apps for thousands of employees at one time. Get instant access to the latest and greatest apps from a variety of sources. Also, take advantage of exciting, informative, and interactive books on unlimited subjects. Everything is delivered privately and securely to your network through the VPP program. Sources include:
- Apple App Store
- Apple iBooks Store
- Custom B2B apps
Custom B2B Apps
Apple Volume Purchase Program (VPP) lets you distribute custom B2B apps privately. With Custom B2B apps, you can meet the unique requirements of your business. You can have qualified app developers to design custom apps for your enterprise with your logo, branding and tailor-made features, and then securely distribute these apps across your enterprise with Apple Business Manager.
Purchasing custom B2B Apps
- Initially, your organization needs a third-party developer to build the required app and register with the Apple App Store Connect. With App Store Connect, a developer can distribute an app to about 69 regions. Make sure that the tax and the banking information are configured for the developer. Upload the app in the App Store Connect and select the Custom App Distribution option for private app distribution. Also, identify the organizations to whom the app should be visible.
- The organizations that are privileged to identify the app can purchase it from the Content section of Apple Business Manager. These apps can then be synced to the MDM console and can be silently distributed to Apple devices over-the-air.
No need to wait for credit cards to clear or corporate accounts to take action. You can buy VPP Credit for fixed amounts through an Apple Online Store, Apple Retail, an Apple Authorized Reseller or through a phone number. The apps and books you select for purchase are delivered electronically to account admins. These apps can then be delivered to enrolled devices at any time. With Apple VPP and Hexnode MDM, connected devices always have the apps users need.
Initially, Apple allowed content distribution through redemption codes to be sent to individual employees for each app or book installed on their devices. This essentially tied the app to the user, and a new code had to be bought and issued for the next user. Also, a user confirmation code requirement risked the chances of a user rejecting a required app. This new feature now allows for Managed Distribution, a truly simplified solution for getting users the apps they need, when they need them. With Managed distribution, apps can be revoked or reassigned at any moment and the ownership of the app is retained by the organization.
- Assign apps directly to devices
- No Apple Customer ID requirements
- Revoke and assign apps to other devices
- Silent app installation
Apple Volume Purchase Program with Hexnode has enhanced security measures. Previously, apps purchased through the VPP program came with redeemable codes. When users activated these codes, they became the owners of those app licenses. Through new security measures with Managed Distribution and VPP, the enterprise now retains ownership of the apps. This grants the ability to revoke the app from devices and reassign them to others. This higher level of security ensures that apps and the data they use remain protected.
Apple’s Volume Purchase Program isn’t just about streamlining purchases and maintaining control of them; VPP for Education saves money. Institutions at all levels of education that qualify for the program may receive a discount up to 50% on purchases of 20 or more apps.
Program Facilitator accounts can be created to further enhance the Apple Volume Purchase Program streamlining process. Program facilitators are authorized by your institution to make all the necessary app purchases. You designate several people within your institution to make purchases as needed instead of relying on a single administrator account.