How to buy content in Apple School Manager
The App Store and Apple Books feature thousands of apps and books for your organisation. Apple School Manager gives organisations a simple way to buy content in an area called Apps and Books, selected in the window below. With your mobile device management (MDM) solution, you can install and update apps wirelessly, even if the App Store is disabled.
Eligible educational institutions, including primary or secondary schools (or their local authorities) as well as recognised higher education institutions with degree-granting powers, can take advantage of special discounts on 20 or more copies. These special discounts do not apply to book purchases.
Note: Depending on your local tax requirements, you may be required to provide tax information when you initially set up your organisation to buy content.
You can also revoke and reassign apps to different devices and users, so your organisation retains full ownership and control of purchased apps. You can assign the apps you buy through Apple School Manager to any devices or users in any country or region where those apps are available from that location’s App Store. (The App Store country or region is determined by the address submitted when your organisation enrols in Apple School Manager. For example, if your organisation enrolled with an address in the United States, the App Store locale is set to United States.)
When books are assigned to users, those books follow the same country and region download restrictions as apps.
Books purchased through Apple School Manager or volume purchasing can be distributed through managed book distribution, but they cannot be revoked and reassigned.
Note: Some Apple Books content is not available in certain countries or regions. To learn whether certain Apple Books content is available in your country or region, see the Apple Support article Availability of Apple programmes and payment methods for education and business.
App and book assignment summary
The table below shows the types of apps or books, and the criteria for assigning them to devices and users.
Type of app or book
Can be assigned to iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac
Can be assigned to users
Free or paid apps purchased through Apple School Manager or Apple Business Manager
(iOS 9 or later)
(iPadOS 13.1 or later)
(OS X 10.11 or later)
(iOS 7 or later)
(iPadOS 13.1 or later)
(OS X 10.9 or later)
Free or paid books purchased through Apple School Manager or Apple Business Manager