What are managed applications for iOS and the easiest way to deploy these apps

4 min read

by Mosyle Team


What are managed applications for iOS and the easiest way to deploy these apps

As iPhones became an essential tool in the workplace in many companies around the globe, it definitely brought new demands for the technology teams responsible for deploying and managing these devices, especially in order to balance the IT control with the user experience.

In this scenario, the applications made available for the workforce are some of the most important aspects when we think about providing the necessary resources for employees, to achieve success and great productivity. So the main question here is how to allow the users to customize the iOS devices with the applications they want, while making sure corporate data is safe.

Along with the iOS restriction capabilities, the MDM integration, as well as extended device management features, this can ensure that users enjoy the great sense of ownership over their corporate devices, while still separating work data from personal data. The key to understanding how to accomplish that, is what we call “managed applications”.

What are managed applications?

The managed applications are basically the apps installed using the mobile device management solution onto your iOS corporate devices. In this case, you are able to remotely manage these apps, having full control over them.

It doesn’t matter which method is used to download and install the apps over-the-air using the MDM solution - if they are installed onto the iOS devices using the App Store, the Apps and Books area within Apple Business Manager, the legacy Volume Purchase Program (VPP), or even custom in-house applications.

When installing the apps using the management profile available in your MDM solution, you are always able to remove the apps from the corporate device and, in consequence, the data associated as well. In addition, you can also prevent managed app data from being backed up to iTunes and iCloud by applying this restriction using your device management software.

Using an Apple-MDM solution, you are also able to manage books, accounts, as well as domains, but in this article we’ll focus on managed applications. So I believe that the next questions on your mind is: ok, so what is the easiest way to deploy managed applications and enjoy all the benefits of it in my company?

The easiest way to deploy applications in Enterprise

As we mentioned before, it doesn’t matter the method you choose to deploy the applications using the MDM solution to have the control over the apps. However, there’s definitely one of the methods that is highly recommended in order to streamline the content deployment in the workplace, as well as ensuring security and helping you achieve technology success.

Since the release of Apple Business Manager, deploying and managing Apple devices has become much easier and intuitive, providing IT admins with a single platform that gathers all the information needed. Distributing content and delivering applications to the company’s iOS devices, is now a much more optimized workflow.

Remember that to take advantage of this application deployment method, your organization needs to have an Apple Business Manager account, as well as iOS devices eligible for the Device Enrolment Program. It is required to complete the integration between the ABM and the device management solution so you can deploy the applications. If you need any help to set up this integration, you can take a look at our guide here.

Basically, in the Apps and Books area within ABM, you are able to purchase the application licenses, having all the information consolidated in one place. Once the MDM server is connected to Apple Business Manager, you can take advantage of the Managed Distribution, being able to assign and revoke applications to the device, even without an Apple ID - using the device-based assignment available through the Managed Distribution. If the iPhone is supervised, the applications are delivered and installed silently, without even prompting the user.

There are many additional features available when using an Apple-device management solution that can help you manage the applications installed on users' devices, such as self-service app for end-users, the ability to manage all the apps installed configuring iOS Managed App Configuration, and more. Discover a new and better way to manage iPhones using Mosyle Business! Open you account now!