App Catalog for iOS devices
  • 28 Sep 2023
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App Catalog for iOS devices

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Article summary

Unlike all apps installed silently on devices, an App Catalog gives control to the users where Enterprise IT admins publish the apps, and the employees can install the apps on their devices when they want to.

Be it the application published from the Apple App Store or Enterprise Store (VPP and others), an App Catalog is a container of all such published apps being available for the end users to be installed when they want.

Basically, it is a repository of all the apps published by admin through Scalefusion Dashboard, which are available on devices to be installed by users whenever they want to.

Before You Begin

  1. Apple Id Sign is required
  2. iOS Device Profile created on Scalefusion Dashboard

How does it work?

The Application Catalog has to be enabled from Device Profile settings. The devices having apps published to such device profiles, will have app catalog enabled. The App Catalog is shown as a Web-clip on the device home screen that lets users see the applications published which they can install on the device. The details are described below.

Step 1: Configure settings on the Scalefusion Dashboard

  1. Navigate to Device Profiles & Policies > Device Profiles
  2. Create an iOS device profile or edit an existing profile.
  3. Under the Restrictions tab, go to App Management Settings
  4. Toggle on the setting Enable Application Catalog. This enables the rest of the settings needed to be configured to let users control the installation of apps published on their managed devices and also shows the catalog as a Web-clip on the device home screen.
  5. Configure the following settings after enabling the Application Catalog
    Application Installation Mode

    Choose one from the following options:

    • Silently Install: This silently installs applications on devices, pushed from Dashboard to this profile. This option is selected by default.
    • Add to Catalog: With this option selected, all apps published to this profile will be added to the app catalog and end users can install them.

    There are exceptions at the per-app level with which these settings can be overridden.

    Enter a name for the App CatalogEnter a Name with which the Web-clip is shown on the managed device's home screen. The name should be a maximum of 8 characters long.
    Configure a Title for the App CatalogEnter a title that would be shown as the header in the App catalog. The title can be a maximum of 16 characters long.
    Upload a Logo for the App CatalogUpload a logo that would be used as a Web-clip logo
  6. After configuring all settings, click on Update Profile.

Step 2: Publish Apps

Now that settings are configured, publish apps from Application Management (For an example showing apps published from Apple App Store) by selecting the app, click on the Publish button, and selecting the iOS device profile(s) on which settings should be published.

Step 3: End user experience

  1. The catalog will be shown on the home screen of your managed device, as shown below
  2. Tapping on the catalog's icon will show a Web-clip listing all the apps published from Dashboard onto the Device Profile (mentioned in Step #2 above) on which app management settings have been enabled.
  3. Based on Application Installation mode selected in App Management Settings, following would be the behavior:

When apps are Silently Installed

App Management Settings > the Application Installation mode is selected as Silently Install

Device StateApp Installation inside Catalog
SupervisedShows as Installing initially and changes to Installed when the app gets installed on the device.
UnsupervisedShows as installing initially with a pop-up for users to confirm whether they want to install the app or not.

When apps are added to catalog

App Management Settings > the Application Installation mode is selected as Add to Catalog

Install button would be enabled in front of app name. Users can click on Install and the app will get installed on the device.

If there is a problem in app installation say user has not signed in with Apple Id on the device, it is identified by an exclamation mark in front of app name in the catalog.

When apps are updated

a. App updated from Apple App Store

If admin has chosen to update app published from Apple App Store, following would be the behavior:

Installation Mode in App Management SettingsStatus in App Catalog
Silently InstallShows as Installing initially and changes to Installed when the app gets installed on the device
Add to CatalogUpdate button next to app name. User can install update of the app by clicking on Update.

b. App updated from Enterprise Store

As versions are maintained, the behavior would be according to the installation mode selected at the time of publishing newer version of the app.

Additional actions on App Catalog

Following additional features are available on an app catalog (the screen that opens when you click on App Catalog icon showing the list of apps):

  • Search: Search for a particular app by typing in the name on the search bar. Click on the search icon to enter the app name to search.
  • Sort: Sort the apps in ascending or descending order. Click on the horizontal lines on the top right and choose the order.
  • Branding: The color of the top bar of an app catalog can be changed and applied as per branding

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