Assuming that your Apple Business Manager account has already been created and that your App has been configured to distribute to your organisation, you are now ready to generate private iOS App install links.
Login into Apple Business Manager and click on Custom Apps
Your App should be present under Custom Apps.
Click on the App, on the right hand side you should see ‘Buy Licenses’ section
Change ‘License Type’ to ‘Redemption Codes’
Set ‘Quantity’ to a number relative to your Organisation i.e (2 times * number of staff in your organisation)
For example, if there’s 60 staff in your organisation, Quantity could be set to : 120 (2 x 60)
Click on ‘Get’
Now the install links are being generated, it may take a 1-2 minutes. Once it’s completed, the Business Account Manager should receive an email, similar as follows:
Within the Custom Apps > App screen, there’s a section called ‘Redemption Code’s under Manage Licenses
Click on ‘Download’
An excel file containing unique iOS install links should be generated. These links can be distributed out to users.
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:
Fill in the ‘Create Your Apple ID’ form and submitAn Apple ID is tied to an email address so it’s best to use a work-based email address if you’re creating an Apple ID for an organisation.
Once the form is submitted, Apple will send a verification code to the email address associated with the Apple ID. Apple will then prompt you to enter the verification code that they sent you.
Once the verification code has been entered correctly, you will be presented with terms & conditions.
If you accept the terms and conditions and click on ‘Submit’, you are brought to the following home page of the Developer account. Please proceed to Step 2
Step 2 – Increase security on your Apple ID account
Once your Apple ID is created, you are required to increase security of your Apple ID in preparation for enrollment to the Apple Developer program by implementing two-factor authentication.
You can enable two-factor authentication on either iOS and macOS devices; both follow the same principle of:
Go to a Settings location to enable two-factor authentication. Please see the documentation for specific details.
Once two-factor authentication is enabled, you will be prompted to answer security questions associated with your Apple ID.
Once the security questions have been answered correctly, you will be prompted to add a Trusted Device. A trusted device can be used to verify your identity by displaying a verification code from Apple when you sign in on a different device or browser. See documentation for more details.
Step 3 – Enroll in Apple Developer Program
Sign into Apple Developer Account using your Apple ID.