AirWatch allows you to upload paid public iOS applications and distribute them in those scenarios where it is not feasible to use Apple's Volume Purchase Program (VPP). AirWatch can distribute several OS version, but iOS 9+ management does not require users to take extra steps.

It is best to use the Apple VPP, if possible. The VPP can manage bulk public paid applications efficiently and offers several management options.

Compare Paid Public App Procedures

When you compare the steps necessary to push paid public iOS applications to devices, iOS has simplified the process. It allows AirWatch to take management of an application previously installed on a device, and end-users do not have to delete applications.

Note:

AirWatch cannot assume management of user-installed applications on iOS 8 and below.

Any Supported iOS Version

  1. Enable the paid public iOS applications process in the AirWatch Console.
  2. Add the public application to the AirWatch Console. Add any other management parameters like SDK features and enabling per-app VPN.

  3. (User) Purchase the application. If the device user does not purchase the application, the application installation from the AirWatch Catalog fails.

    Apple installs the application automatically to the device after purchase.

  4. (User) Delete the application installed by Apple.

  5. (User) Open the AirWatch Catalog and initiate the installation from AirWatch to receive the managed version of the application.

iOS 9+

  1. Enable the paid public iOS applications process in the AirWatch Console.
  2. Add the public application to the AirWatch Console and enable Make App MDM Managed if User Installed on the Deployment tab.

    Add any other management parameters like SDK features and enabling per-app VPN.

  3. (User) Purchase the application.

    Apple installs the application automatically to the device after purchase.

  4. (User) Open the AirWatch Catalog and initiate the installation from AirWatch to receive the managed version of the application.

Keep your VPP deployment and your paid public iOS applications in separate organization groups. Enable the paid public status option in an organization group where applicable devices are enrolled. For more information, see Organization Groups and Paid Public Applications.

For information on how to enable and upload these applications, see Enable and Upload Paid Public iOS Apps to the Console.