After you have 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.
|User Assignment||Device Assignment|
|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|If apps have been revoked or reassigned, the organisation retains ownership||✓||✓||—|
|An 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 assigned apps within Apps and Books, as long as these 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 are 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 assignment in your MDM solution
Apps and Books server tokens are valid for one calendar year, starting from the date of the initial download. Before the year has expired, you will need to go to the Account Summary section on the Apps and Books Store to obtain a new token. You will also need to perform these steps if you have ever changed your password.
If you want to use managed distribution, but don’t have an MDM solution
For more information on managing devices, visit:
Some apps and books may not be available subject to country or region and developer opt-in status. See programme and content availability.