One of the most popular mechanism’s for distributing iOS Apps is using the Apple App Store , which is a public marketplace where you can discover and install iOS Apps.
You may want distribute an App to a select audience, for example, an internal App that’s used by employees only and you may think “I could deploy the App to the AppStore but maybe I’ll add a restriction screen on the App so that only internal employees can access the app’. In this case, the Apple App Store may not be suitable mechanism as a distribution as it goes against the AppStore Review Guidelines (added a restriction mechanism) and therefore, the app may get rejected from the Apple App Store.
So what tool can be used for distribution instead? Well, Apple have released a tool called Apple Business Manager which allows organisations to distributing Apps privately to members of their organisation.
How do I create an Apple Business Account?
- Click on the following Enroll link which should bring to the following screen:
- You will need to enter a D-U-N-S Number for your organisation
- You can get the D-U-N-S® Number for your Organisation from the following search page: https://www.upik.de/en/upik_suche.cgi
- Enter Your Details
- Enter Verification Contact
- Click on Continue kickstarts the Enrollment process
- The Enrollment process should now be In Progress, it can take 1-5 days for the Enrollment process to be complete.
- Shortly afterwards, you should receive an Email from Apple, stating that you should notify the Verification Contact to contact Apple.
- The Verification Contact should confirm that your details (or designated employee, for example System Admin) should be the Business Manager Admin.
- Once the Verification process is completed and everything went ok, the enrollment should be approved.
- On approval, the designated Business Manager should receive an email confirming that they can now created an Admin Account on Apple Business Manager.
- Click on ‘Get Started’ and enter in an email address and password for the Apple Business Manager account
- If you have an Apple Developer Account, the email address used for Business Manager must not be the same as the Apple Developer account email
My Apple Business Manager Account is created, what’s next?
- Login into Apple Business Manager & click on Settings in the bottom left-hand menu.
- Click on ‘Enrollment Information’ under Organisation Settings
- By default, Custom Apps is Disabled. Enable Custom Apps by clicking on the Enable button on the item row.
- Under Organisation Info, copy the Organisation ID and send it the development team that configured your app.
- The Organisation ID is required to enable the App Development Team grant your organization access to the App.