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

Learn how to deploy apps and books purchased in the Apps and Books section in Apple School Manager and Apple Business Manager.

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.

  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
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If apps have been revoked or reassigned, the organisation retains ownership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

Apple offers Apple Configurator 2 and Profile Manager as part of macOS Server. There are also many third-party options depending on the needs of your organisation

For more information on managing devices, visit:

• Managing devices for Education

• Managing devices for Business

 

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

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