Apple iOS enables AirWatch to assume management of user-installed applications without requiring the deletion of the previously installed application from the device. AirWatch labels the feature Make App MDM Managed if User Installed, and in previous iOS versions AirWatch did not manage these applications unless the user removed the previous version.

Enable Make App MDM Managed if User Installed when you upload the application. The tab on which you configure the setting depends on the application type.

  • Public applications, free and paid – Use the Deployment tab.
  • Internal applications – Use the Advanced section in the flexible deployment feature (assign).
  • Purchased applications – Use the Assignment tab.

Supported iOS Device Statuses

AirWatch can assume management of user-installed applications on devices in either the supervised or unsupervised status.

Time to Managed Status

The time the system takes over management capabilities of applications depends on the enrollment status of the device. The system manages the application upon device enrollment or when you publish the it. The following table outlines these two scenarios.

Device Enrollment Status Initiate MDM Managed

Result

Not enrolled Enable Make App MDM Managed if User Installed, save, and publish the application. System manages the application when the device enrolls.
Enrolled Enable Make App MDM Managed if User Installed, save, and publish the application. System manages the application when you save and publish it.

For more topics about the management of applications in AirWatch, see Manage Applications Overview.