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How to install iOS apps without iTunes account?

Installing apps through the Apple app store is the safest way recommended for iOS devices. It is also possible to push store apps to devices in bulk through an MDM. But, in both these cases, the users will have to sign in with their iTunes account to begin the installation. Sometimes, the user may choose not to install the app at all.

The Volume Purchase Program (VPP) from Apple Business Manager is the ideal solution for enterprises to purchase and distribute apps in bulk.

Requirements:

  • Devices running iOS 9 or above.
  • Hexnode MDM with VPP integrated with it.

The app licenses purchased through VPP can be assigned to the device in two ways:

  1. Assigning to a user’s Apple ID.
  2. Assigning to the device’s serial number (iOS 9+).

Assigning the license to the device’s serial number will not require signing in with the Apple ID. In this case the user may only need to deal with the prompts for installing the app. If the device is Supervised, the app will install silently without even a prompt. VPP app license assigned to a supervised device by the serial number proves to be the best for iOS app management through an MDM.

To assign an app license to a device

  • Set up a VPP account in Hexnode MDM.
  • Purchase apps through the Apple Business Manager.
    1. Go to ABM website.
    2. Sign in with an ABM account. The account should have either of the roles Administratoror Content Manager to purchase Apps and Books licenses. 
    3. Enter the apps or books which you want to buy in Search Accounts field. Click Filter in the search bar to avail additional filters for the search results. 
    4. Go to Buy Licenses > Choose a Location. Different locations of the Organization will be listed. Choose the Location to which the Apps and Books license is to be assigned. 
    5. Specify the required number of licenses. Click Buy. 

  • Go to Admin > Apple VPP.
  • Select the VPP account and click Sync.
  1. The purchased app will now be listed in the app inventory. It can be viewed in two ways 
    1. Search for the app in the search tab.  
    2. Use filters. Under License Type filter, Select VPP. In this case, only the apps purchased through the ABM will be listed. 

vpp sync account

  • Go to Manage > Devices and Select the device(s) you want to install the VPP app to.
  • Click on Actions > Install Application.
  • Select the VPP app you purchased and click Done.
Note:

The server token used for VPP integration expires in a year and it is important to renew it within this period using the same Apple ID.