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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 the target entity. Enterprise apps, System apps, VPP apps, and Store apps can be pushed as mandatory apps via Hexnode portal.

Add Mandatory Apps via Policy

Notes:

  • 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. Provide a policy name (this field is mandatory) and a description for the policy
  4. Go to iOS > App management > Mandatory Apps
  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 on 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.

Note:

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

Notes:

  • Silent app installation is possible only on Supervised iOS devices. Other devices prompt the user to install an app.
  • When the App Store is disabled via any restriction, only the enterprise apps and VPP apps can be pushed silently to the device.

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