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Manually assign Apple Business Manager apps

You can assign Apple Business Manager apps to users or devices.


As an alternative to manually assigning Apple Business Manager apps, you can configure Sophos Mobile to assign the app when the user installs it. See Manage Apple Business Manager apps.

To manually assign an Apple Business Manager app to a user or device, do as follows:

  1. On the menu sidebar, click Apps > iOS & iPadOS or Apps > macOS.
  2. Click Import VPP apps. Sophos Mobile gets the app information from Apple Business Manager and creates app entries if required.
  3. Click the app you want to assign to users or devices.

    Apple Business Manager apps have a check mark icon in the VPP column.

  4. Click Show next to VPP licenses.

  5. Select the users or devices you want to assign the app to.

    You can choose from all users registered for or associated with Apple Business Manager and from all devices with status Managed.

    You can assign macOS apps to devices only.

    You can assign iOS apps on Apple User Enrollment devices to users only.

  6. Optionally, assign the app to devices by selecting device groups:

    1. Click Show next to Available to device groups.
    2. Select the device groups.
  7. By default, iOS apps are installed as managed on the users’ devices. To install an app as unmanaged, clear the Sophos Mobile managed installation check box.

  8. Click Save.

Sophos Mobile synchronizes the app assignment with Apple Business Manager.

Because the assignment status is managed by Apple Business Manager, it may take some time before you can see your changes on the devices.