Manually assign VPP apps

This section describes the manual assignment of individual VPP apps. By default, apps that you purchased through the Apple Volume Purchase Program (VPP) are automatically assigned to the device on which the app is installed. See Automatically assign VPP apps.

You can assign apps that you purchased through the Apple Volume Purchase Program (VPP) to users or to devices. After you assign a VPP app to users that are associated with Apple VPP, they can install it on all iOS devices that are associated with their Apple ID. After you assign a VPP app to devices, you can push it to the devices through Sophos Mobile.

To assign a VPP app to users or devices:

  1. On the menu sidebar, under CONFIGURE, click Apps > iOS.
    This opens the Apps page that displays a list of all apps that you have added to Sophos Mobile.
  2. To add apps you purchased through Apple VPP to the app list, click Import VPP apps.
    This retrieves the app information from the Apple VPP server and creates app entries in Sophos Mobile, if required.
  3. Click the blue triangle next to the VPP app you want to assign to users or devices and then click Edit.
    Tip VPP apps are marked by a check mark icon in the VPP column.
  4. On the Edit iOS link page, click Show next to the VPP licenses option.
    This opens the VPP licenses dialog.
  5. To assign the app to one or more users, click VPP users and then select the required users.
    The list contains all users that are registered for or associated with Apple VPP.
  6. To assign the app to one or more devices, click Devices and then select the required devices.
    The list contains all iOS devices with status Managed.
  7. Click Apply to confirm the changes and to close the VPP licenses dialog.
  8. By default, VPP apps are not assigned to any device groups. To assign an app to one or more device groups, click Show next to Available to device groups and then select one or more device groups for which the app is listed in the Enterprise App Store.
  9. By default, VPP apps are installed as managed on the users’ devices. To install an app as unmanaged, clear the Sophos Mobile managed installation check box.
    For information on managed apps, see Managed apps for iOS.
  10. Click Save to save the changes and to synchronize the app assignment with the Apple VPP server.
    Tip To discard assignment changes that you made in the VPP licenses dialog, click Apply to close the dialog box and then click Back to leave the Edit iOS link page without saving the changes to the database.

To install the assigned app on a device:

  • After the app is assigned to users, it is listed in the Purchased view of the iTunes app on their devices. The users can install it from there.
  • After the app is assigned to devices, you can install it through Sophos Mobile. See Install app.

To deassign an app:

  • Open the VPP licenses dialog box as described before and then clear the selection of the required users or devices.
Note Because the status of VPP apps is managed by the Apple VPP server, it may take some time until changes that you make in Sophos Mobile are visible on the devices.