Managed Distribution VPP vs Free Apps - iPads

New Contributor II

I am trying to understand some App distribution workflows. Is anyone doing the following or something else with VPP Managed Distribution combined with free Apps.

For VPP Managed Distribution:
1) VPP Invitation - connects users iTunes account to VPP account.
2) VPP Assignment - Pick Apps that were purchased with Managed Distribution VPP, assign Scope (users).

For free Apps go to Mobile Devices - Apps - Link the App with the devices.


New Contributor III

HI Alex

Yes, we've started doing exactly this.

Adding free apps to our VPP facilitator account, and then adding them to the Assignment is working a charm

We add both paid and free Apps through VPP Assignment -> Apps.


We've done a number of things with apps:

  • added free apps and pushed out to devices/groups accordingly via self service
  • added paid apps with an uploaded spreadsheet to distribute codes to the users via self service
  • also messed with the VPP invitations/assignments that you can do with an apple "token" for "managed licenses"

So far we've been able to do all this successfully. The managed licensing part with the VPP invitations/assignments we're still messing with and can push out the app, but not sure on revoking the app so it uninstalls from the user's iPad. I had to manually remove it.