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Distribute iOS Enterprise App

An Enterprise app or an in-house app is an application that is developed by Organization and used inside the same Organization. As Enterprise apps are not meant to be available to the public, they are not published in the App Store. Hexnode MDM can distribute such apps to devices seamlessly.

The process include adding the app to MDM console and then installing it to devices.

To add an iOS in-house app,

  1. Go to Apps tab.
  2. Select +Add apps > Enterprise app.
  3. Select the radio button with Apple’s icon.
  4. There will be two options available:
    1. Upload with IPA file: Click on Choose File and select an IPA file from your system.
    2. OR

    3. 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 about the app in Description text box.
  7. There’ll be two advanced settings – Remove on Disenroll and Prevent App Backup.
    1. Remove on Disenroll option will uninstall the Enterprise app if the device is disenrolled.
    2. Prevent App Backup will prevent the app data from backing up.
  8. Check the Send App Configuration option and choose the XML file for pre-configuring in-app settings. Learn more


There are two ways to install app(s):

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

In both cases, you can filter iOS apps from Android apps while in the app-selection window.

You can also add an Enterprise app from Policies.

Install app from Policies

Select one of the methods below to distribute app using Policies.

Method 1: Set mandatory apps.

  1. Go to Policies and name it.
  2. Click on App Management > Mandatory Apps > +Add > select Add Apps or Add Group.
  3. Select the apps already added to App inventory. If you’ve created an App Group at Apps > 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 > Catalog > Add Catalogs.
  3. Select the catalogs with Enterprise apps 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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