If Apple Business Manager, Apple Business Essentials or Apple School Manager asks you to approve new terms and conditions

Apple sometimes updates the macOS, iOS, iPadOS or tvOS Software License Agreement, often when releasing a new OS version. When a Software License Agreement is updated, an Apple Business Manager Administrator, Apple Business Essentials Administrator or Apple School Manager Administrator must log into the program website to review and agree to the updated terms.

About administrators

The person who completes the initial program enrolment also accepts the following Terms and Conditions on behalf of the enrolling organisation:

  • Apple Business Manager Agreement, Apple Business Essentials Agreement or Apple School Manager Agreement
  • macOS Software License Agreement
  • iOS Software License Agreement
  • tvOS Software License Agreement

After completing enrolment, this person becomes the administrator in Apple Business Manager, Apple Business Essentials, or Apple School Manager and can also designate up to four more administrators.

Accepting updated agreements

After Apple updates one of these agreements, any Apple Business Manager Administrator, Apple Business Essentials Administrator or Apple School Manager Administrator must sign in to the program website to accept any new agreements.

If you don't accept the agreements

Devices assigned to a Mobile Device Management (MDM) server in Apple Business Manager, Apple Business Essentials or Apple School Manager won't be affected. If you erase all content and settings on a device, the device is still assigned to the same MDM server, and the same settings are applied during setup.

However, these conditions apply until the new agreements are accepted:

  • Apple School Manager instructors and managers can reset user passwords and send or print login information, but other site functions will be disabled.
  • Apple Business Manager or Apple Business Essentials managers can reset user passwords and send or print login information, but other site functions will be disabled.
  • In Apple Business Manager, Apple Business Essentials and Apple School Manager, you can't assign new devices to your MDM server, even if you have selected the option to automatically assign new purchases to a specific MDM server.
  • Your MDM server might report an error message like "403 T_C_NOT_SIGNED" when communicating with Apple's device management servers.
  • Schoolwork users won't be able to create, update or delete classes.
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