Prepare to upgrade to Apple School Manager

Get your school ready to upgrade from Apple Deployment Programs to Apple School Manager.

Schools currently using Apple Deployment Programs (Device Enrollment Program or Volume Purchase Program) can upgrade to Apple School Manager. 

Apple School Manager is a service that lets you buy content, configure automatic device enrollment in your mobile device management (MDM) solution, and create accounts for your students and staff. Apple School Manager is accessible on the web and is designed for technology managers, IT administrators, staff, and instructors.

Review this information before you upgrade to Apple School Manager.

Invite VPP Program Purchasers to Apple School Manager

Your school might have one or more separate Volume Purchase Program (VPP) accounts. If your school has these accounts, after you upgrade to Apple School Manager, you must invite them separately from your users. Learn how to invite VPP Program Purchasers to Apple School Manager.

Choose a domain for Managed Apple IDs

When you upgrade your Apple Deployment Programs account to Apple School Manager, you'll be asked to enter your school’s website. Apple School Manager uses the school website you enter as the base for the default domain for your Managed Apple IDs. For example, if your website is, your Managed Apple IDs will look like

If your website domain is different from your email domain, you might prefer to enter your email domain instead. Your Apple School Manager admin can change the default domain after upgrading.

When you're ready, learn how to upgrade your institution to Apple School Manager.

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