Distribute content with Apps and Books in Apple School Manager, Apple Business Essentials and Apple Business Manager

Find out how to deploy apps and books purchased in the Apps and Books section in Apple School Manager, Apple Business Essentials and Apple Business Manager.

After you've purchased content for your educational institution or business in Apps and Books, you can distribute your purchases directly to your users in one of three ways. You can use the User Assignment and Device Assignment features of managed distribution or the redemption codes feature of Apple Business Manager.

  Managed distribution
Redemption codes3
User Assignment Device Assignment
Requirements
  • iOS 7 or later
  • OS X Mavericks (version 10.9) or later
  • iOS 9 or later
  • OS X El Capitan (version 10.11) or later
  • tvOS 12 or later
Distribution of free apps
Distribution of paid apps
Distribution of custom apps
Distribution of free books
Distribution of paid books
Mobile Device Management (MDM) used for distribution1
If apps are revoked or reassigned, the organisation retains ownership
Apple ID isn't required for access to apps
Content is available across multiple devices in purchase history
Content is available via family sharing
End users can make and restore in-app purchases2

1. Some MDMs may support managed distribution and/or redeemable codes. Contact your MDM provider for more information on the requirements.

2. While in-app purchases aren't supported as standalone content that can be bought and distributed with Apps and Books, end users can make and restore in-app purchases from within Apps and Books-assigned apps, as long as those apps aren't device assigned.

3. Redemption codes are only available in Apple Business Manager.

If you want to switch from redeemable codes to managed distribution

If you're currently using redeemable codes and you want to use managed distribution, find out how to migrate to managed distribution.

If your new Apps and Books purchases aren't appearing for assignment in your MDM solution

Apps and Books server tokens are valid for one calendar year from the date of their initial download. Before the year has expired, you'll need to go to the Account Summary section on the Apps and Books Store to obtain a new token. You'll also need to perform these steps if you ever change your password.

If you want to use managed distribution but don't have an MDM solution

Apple offers Apple Configurator and Apple Business Essentials. There are also many third-party options depending on the needs of your organisation

For more information on managing devices, visit Apple Platform Deployment.

Some apps and books may not be available subject to country or region and developer opt-in status. See program and content availability.

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