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Application management and deployment for iOS

Updated on March 2nd, 2021

This article describes Miradore’s app management capabilities for Apple iPhones and iPads. Different application types are introduced first, and the latter part of this article contains more general information about app deployments.

If you’re interested in iOS application management, consider upgrading your site to the Enterprise Plan. See more in How to upgrade subscription for more information.

App management capabilities for iOS apps

Feature / Management methodSupervised mode onSupervised mode off
Deploy free apps
Deploy paid apps
Deploy apps silently
Configure apps remotely
Update apps remotely
Uninstall apps remotely

More information about the iOS app management features

Apple App Store apps

Miradore admins can remotely push applications from the Apple App Store on managed iPhones and iPad.

In order to be able to remotely install a store application, it must be available in the App Store and the user must sign in with his/her account and accept the installation.

For supervised devices, applications can be forced and installed quietly in the background when the device user is signed in to iTunes. For more information, check How to add iOS App Store application.

Apps purchased via Apple Volume Purchase Program (VPP)

Miradore integrates with Apple Business or School Manager (ABM/ASM). This means that administrators can purchase apps in-bulk in the Apple VPP and then manage their licenses and deployments using Miradore.

With the Apple VPP, it is possible to deploy free and paid store applications so that iTunes sign-in is not needed at the device end. You just need to acquire licenses to the application (even for the free) and assign those licenses to devices in Miradore. After that, the Apple VPP will deploy the application to the device(s). The key point here is that the licenses need to be assigned to the devices, instead of users, which obviates the need to sign in to iTunes at the device end during the application installation.

For more information, see About Apple Volume Purchase Program  and How to manage Apple Volume Purchase Program licenses.

IPA for in-house distribution

In-house applications can be used to install custom or private applications on managed iOS or iPadOS devices.

When adding in-house apps to Miradore, administrators need to define either an HTTPS link to the application manifest file or upload the application package (.IPA) to Miradrore.

During the deployment, there is no need for an App Store login but the user must accept the installation. For supervised iOS devices, applications can be forced and installed quietly in the background without user interaction. Note that developing and deploying in-house applications requires the iOS Developer Enterprise Program.

For more information, check How to add iOS In-House application.

Instructions for application deployment

After you have successfully added an application to Miradore, you can start deploying it. There are numerous ways the application deployments can be done in Miradore.

In the following example, we will demonstrate the deployment using the Applications page.

1. Navigate to Management > Applications where you can see the list of current applications.

2. Select the application that you wish to deploy and click the green Deploy button.
App deployment for iOS

3. If there are multiple versions or application types of the selected app on your site, you will be next asked to choose which version and application type you wish to deploy. You also have the option to choose a managed app configuration for configuring the app remotely. 
Choose app version and the managed app config for the deployment

4. Next, you get to choose the target devices where to deploy the selected app.

5. Validate the deployment details and click Deploy to distribute the app.

For Supervised devices, the app will install silently. On the non-supervised devices, users will see a notification and must accept the installation.

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If needed, the end-user is also prompted to log in using his/her Apple ID.

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The Administrator can monitor the status of the deployment, for example, by navigating to the Management > Action log page or by navigating to the device page and opening the Action log tab. We are unable to get real-time application installation status from iOS devices. Statuses are updated every 15 minutes, but you can also manually refresh the status using the Sync now action. The list of completed deployments for a device can be seen from the Application deployments table on the device page.  Good to know

Good to know

  • If the device does not support the latest App Store version of the application, it installs the latest applicable version.
  • If the device is not compatible with the app, the device user will be notified about that and the deployment will fail.
  • Deployment of a newer application version may fail if the device user already has installed an earlier version of the app. In this case, you can try to Update the managed app.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

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