Mobile Guardian allows for two types of app installation on iOS: Auto-Install and Self-install. Auto-Install sends the application to the device automatically, whereas Self-install adds the application to the ‘My Catalogue’ section of the Mobile Guardian app. We allow the use of tags to assign the app accordingly.
The purchased Apps and Books on Apple’s Volume Purchase Program(VPP) store can be distributed to users either by User Assignment or Device Assignment.
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Best Practice: For auto-installs, the most important setting in the application settings is the ‘Assign to Device'. This means the VPP license is allocated to the device serial number and not to an iTunes account. If this is not selected, then the app will prompt the user for their iTunes account and will not install without this.
Making use of tags will allow you to mass assign applications to selected devices. At the same time, you can assign the application to either home-owned or school-owned devices.
- Using the auto-install option will result in the application being sent to specified devices during the auto-install window defined by the user (Immediately, During school hours, After school hours, Weekends).
Once logged into your Mobile Guardian School Dashboard, navigate to the “Applications” menu item on the navigation panel.
Step 1 - Select settings for the application
Option 1 - Assigning the application to specific devices using Tags
Once in the “App Management” section you will have your list of applications, search for the new application or an existing application that you would like to install.
On the Mobile Guardian Dashboard you will have two options of install applications on the device and those two options are as follows:
Auto-install - This will allow the application to be automatically installed to all school and/or home owned devices, or devices with mutual tags, which does not require any input from the end-user.
Self-install - The self-install will push an application to the device, however, it will require a response from the end-user to accept the installation of the application on the device, the self-install applications may be assigned to all schools and/or home owned devices, or based on mutual tags.
Tags will be displayed as you add them. Click X if you want to remove a tag.
Using the self-install option, add the tag to this section. This action will add the specified application to the My Catalogue section of the Mobile Guardian application on the device. From here, the end-user can trigger the installation - think of this as creating your own bespoke app store for each device!
Prevent Removal of Application
Under the settings tab, you have the option to "Prevent the removal of an application " this will only apply to IOS 14 devices and above
This feature provides the admin the option to stop VPP applications from being removed from iOS 14 and above devices.
Option 2 - Assigning an application to all school or home owned devices
You may also assign a new iOS application to all school and home-owned devices.
Under the Auto-install Settings, you will be given the option as to which device type. This action can be used as an alternative to adding Tags.
In the latter case, you will have to assign applications manually at a later stage.
The image below shows the Assign to all school-owned devices option selected.
Do not forget to click on the “Save Changes” button to save your settings.
Prioritizing Mobile Guardian managed application
IF you would like to prioritize the installation of the managed Mobile Guardian Application you can go to Settings>Global Settings
This feature allows the Mobile Guardian application to be installed ahead of any other applications upon enrollment.
You would be able to find this setting on the Global Preferences page, under the General section.
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