Use AirWatch to manage the deployment and maintenance of publicly available mobile applications from a variety of app stores. Deploying public apps from the different app stores differs slightly between platforms. Review the topics in this section to understand these differences and how to successfully deploy public apps to the platforms you support.

Basics of Public Applications

Use the AirWatch Console to search for public applications in the available app stores. Once you find the app you want to provision, you can set the specific device assignments that determine who receives the app. For more information on this process, see Add Public Applications from an App Store.

To view the platforms and versions that are required to provision public applications, see AirWatch Application Types and Their Supported Platforms.

If you use the Workspace ONE app catalog, then you can control access to public applications through either open or managed access. For more information, see AirWatch Applications and Workspace ONE.

Features for iOS Public Applications

Paid Public Applications for iOS

In a typical deployment you can deploy paid iOS apps after integrating with the Volumes Purchase Program (VPP). The VPP can manage bulk paid public apps efficiently and offers several management options. For more information on that setup, see Purchased Applications (Apple VPP).

In some scenarios, however, it is not feasible to use Apple's VPP. In this case, you can upload paid public applications for iOS devices using the same process as other apps. See Paid Public iOS Applications and AirWatch for more information on this process.

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

Read how to configure paid public applications for iOS at an optimal organization group in Organization Groups and Paid Public Applications.

Control Public Applications on iOS Devices

For iOS devices you can configure extra restrictions on App Store functionality, including the App Store icon and installation of public apps. For more information on these restrictions, see Apple iOS App Store Restriction Descriptions.

Integrations and Public Applications

Windows Store for Business

Microsoft's Windows Store for Business enables you to acquire, manage, and distribute applications in bulk. If you use AirWatch to manage your Windows 10+ devices, you can integrate the two systems. After integration, acquire applications from the Windows Store for Business and distribute the applications and manage their updated versions with AirWatch. For more information, reference the topics under the The Windows Store for Business and AirWatch section.

Android for Work

Use AirWatch to push Android for Work public applications to devices. This process includes adding and approving applications for integration between AirWatch and Android for Work from the Google Play Store which can be accessed from the AirWatch Console. For more information, reference the topics under the Applications for Android for Work Overview section.