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How to Enforce App Installation on iOS Devices using Hexnode MDM

Defining mandatory apps help you ensure the users have installed all the essential apps. Mandatory apps work in combination with policy. You create a policy with the list of mandatory apps and assign it to any entity – user, device, group or domain. The selected apps will be pushed to all the devices that fall under target entity.

Add Mandatory Apps via Policy


  • On iOS devices, only the following apps among the pre-installed apps can be added to the mandatory list.
Activity Home Podcasts
Apple Books iTunes Stores Reminders
Calculator Mail Stocks
Calendar Maps Tips
Compass Measure TV
Contacts Music Videos
FaceTime News Voice Memos
Files Notes Watch app
Find My Friends Photo Booth Weather

To add apps in bulk on your iOS device,


  1. Login to your Hexnode MDM portal.
  2. Navigate to Policies > New Policy. You can also choose to continue with an existing policy.
  3. Policy name– Assign a suitable name for the policy. This field is mandatory.
    Description– Add a brief description for the policy.

  4. For iOS devices, choose Mandatory apps from App Management list.
  5. Click on +Add to either add an app or a group of apps from the app inventory.
  6. Choose the required apps from the list of apps and click Done.
  7. Then associate the policy to target devices. Go to Policy targets and click on +Add devices.
  8. Select the device you want to associate the policy to and click OK to confirm. You can also associate this policy to a device, group or even a domain.
  9. Click Save.

You have now successfully added a list of mandatory apps for the user. All the apps in the list will be installed on the user device.


A device will be marked non-compliant if a mandatory app is missing from the device.

Remove Apps from Device on Policy Removal

You can also remove the app from the device in case the policy is deleted or disassociated from the device or when the app is removed from the policy by enabling the option Remove apps from the device on policy removal.

How to Distribute Multiple Apps Automatically on iOS Devices using Hexnode MDM


  • Silent app installation is possible only on Supervised iOS devices. Other devices prompt the user to install an app.
  • VPP apps can be installed silently on the device.


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