How to distribute custom apps developed for businesses privately via VPP?
Custom apps are tailor-made apps explicitly designed to meet the business functionalities with at most security to protect the business data. The admin can privately distribute custom apps developed for iOS, macOS or tvOS devices through the Apple Business Manager portal.
To publish an app privately in your Apple Business Manager console, you must first upload the app in Apple Store Connect. Once the app gets approved, it will be available for distribution in your organization’s ABM or ASM console.
Follow the steps below to distribute the custom-developed apps for businesses privately:
- Publish a custom-made app in Apple Store Connect with set pricing and availability.
- Avail the apps from the ABM console.
- Deploy the VPP apps via Hexnode.
Publish an app in Apple Store Connect with set pricing and availability
Create a new app record and configure its build on Apple Store Connect to publish an app. To make the app available for the specified organizations,
- Go to the Apple Store Connect homepage.
- Click on My Apps and select your app from the list.
- Under Pricing and Availability, go to App Distribution Methods section.
- Select Private.
- Choose Organization ID or Apple ID as the Type and enter the required information.
- Sign in to Apple Business Manager/Apple School Manager.
- Click on the account name at the bottom of the left side panel and navigate to Preferences > Enrolment Information. The Organization ID will be displayed under Organization Info.
- Click Save.
To find your Organization ID:
On the other hand, if you still use the legacy Volume Purchase Program, you can assign the app to your volume purchasing Apple ID.
After setting the pricing and availability, submit the app for review. Once the app gets approved, it will be available for distribution in your ABM console.
Avail the apps from the ABM console
To deploy the custom apps via Hexnode UEM, you must first purchase the apps from the ABM console.
- On your Apple Business Manager console, go to Custom Apps on the left side panel.
- Select the required apps and buy the licenses.
Deploy the VPP apps via Hexnode
To deploy the VPP apps via Hexnode:
- Download the VPP token from Apple Business Manager.
- Configure VPP account settings in the Hexnode portal.
- Distribute apps to the target devices.