If your VPP deployment consists of iOS 9+ or macOS 10.11+ devices, consider enabling the assignment of Volume Purchase Program (VPP) applications by device serial number. This method removes the need to invite users to the VPP program.
Deploy device-based VPP applications using the outlined processes in Managed Distribution and AirWatch.
AirWatch does not migrate applications to the device-based system. VPP applications already assigned to Apple IDs remain assigned as such.
The device-based system offers several advantages.
- Users do not have to accept invitations and register with the VPP.
- Admins with multiple sTokens in their VPP deployment do not have to manage invitations.
- Admins do not have to manage Apple IDs.
Device-based assignment is the best choice for deployments in the following scenarios.
- Shared devices with check-in and check-out systems
- Corporate owned devices
- Staged environments with one-device-to-one-user ratios
Devices in an AirWatch for Education deployment
The user-based system is the best choice for the following scenarios.
- Multiple devices assigned to a single Apple ID
- Need to conserve licenses
Supported Platforms and Operating Systems
Configure a supported OS to use the device-based method to distribute applications acquired through Apple's Volume Purchase Program (VPP).
- iOS 9+
- macOS 10.11+
Developers of VPP applications must enable the applications for use in the device-based VPP.
With the Apple ID removed from the process, the device-based method no longer relies on invitations to register Apple IDs. However, if a device meets the requirements, the system still sends invitations.
- Device does not use iOS 9+ or macOS 10.11+
- App is not enabled for device-based VPP use
- Device receives a user-based VPP application
Automatically Send Invites is enabled in AirWatch
See Device-Based VPP Overview for an outline of the steps to add VPP applications with the device-based method.