You can configure device restrictions to control what applications, hardware, and functionality your end users can access. You can use these restrictions to enhance productivity, protect end users and devices. Workspace ONE UEM supports native iOS restrictions and an in-house developed restriction that controls access to the app store.You can configure the Allow App Store icon on home screen restriction in the UEM console to hide the App Store. This restriction disables the App Store and removes the icon from the Home Screen. End users can still use MDM to install or update their apps, giving full application control to the administrator.

The Allow App Store icon on home screen restriction is available only for iOS 9+ supervised devices. In general, supervised devices give you more control over the devices you own and lets you set restrictions.

Control the app store to restrict or allow device users to access the public applications available therein.

Procedure

  1. Navigate to Devices > Profiles &Resources > Profiles > Add.
  2. Select Apple iOS.
  3. Configure the profile's General settings.
  4. Select the Restrictions payload from the list. You can select multiple restrictions as part of a single restrictions payload.
    Table 1. Descriptions of App Store Restriction Methods
    Restriction Configuration Description
    Allow App Store icon on Home screen

    This restriction is supported for all supervised iOS 9+ devices as it uses the latest technologies and can push applications through several systems.

    Disable Restrict the Apple App Store from being installed on the device so the device user cannot install public free applications using the App Store.

    However, push public free applications using Workspace ONE UEM, iTunes, or Apple Configurator.

    Enable Allow the Apple App Store on the device and the device user can install any public free applications using the App Store.
    Allow installing public apps This restriction is supported for all iOS 4-12 devices and supervised iOS 13+ devices. Disable Restrict the device user from using the Apple App Store.
    Enable Allow the Apple App Store on the device and the device user can install any public free applications using the App Store.
  5. Select Save & Publish to push the profile to devices.