How to Publish Private Apps on Managed Devices

  • July 29, 2019
Publish apps on Android & iOS
Publish Enterprise apps on Android & iOS

When businesses undergo digital transformation, one of the key factors that prompt them to do so is enterprise applications. Different businesses need a diverse range of applications that are curated to fit the business requirements. The ability to distribute enterprise apps across the organization helps in generating directed efficiency and optimum output. And while they are numerous public applications that can be customized to suit a business need, many organizations prefer having private applications to streamline their various business operations. These organizations get these applications tailor-made and are strictly available only for private distribution.

Private Apps: Firms & Challenges

Distributing these enterprise applications on the entire device inventory used within an organization and keeping them up-to-date at all times is one of the prime IT concerns. The device inventory deployed for work in an organization can be diverse, company-owned, company-shared, unattended kiosk devices as well as employee-owned.

Managing enterprise devices with a reliable and secure Mobile Device Management solution such as Scalefusion helps drive a successful digital transformation that also adds to the business benefits. Scalefusion MDM can effectively manage Android, iOS, macOS and Windows devices deployed for work with diverse ownership models.

Scalefusion Solution: Enterprise Application Management

With Scalefusion Application Management, IT admins can manage applications on all managed devices. Administrators can allow or block applications, choose and distribute Play for Work apps from the Play Store for Android enterprise devices and also remotely update applications on Android devices. For iOS devices, IT admins can choose and publish applications from the App Store and also update the apps remotely. For macOS devices, applications can be distributed only via VPP( Volume Purchase Program) through Scalefusion.

In addition to this functionality, Scalefusion enables IT admins to distribute private applications on managed Android and iOS devices. Scalefusion enterprise store enables app publishing as well as versioning to ensure that the app performs at its optimum best to drive enhanced user experiences for the end-user and business benefit for the organization.

Let’s have a look at some facts & prerequisites:

For Android devices:

  • Administrators can upload APK files on Scalefusion Dashboard.
  • Admins can also publish these files on managed devices and automatically install apps.
  • For the devices not supporting automatically install, apps will be downloaded with one approval.
  • APK should be signed using an RSA or DSA certificate.
  • The APK should not be a debuggable build

For iOS devices:

  • Administrators can upload the app using an IPA file
  • If the organization has self-hosted the IPA file on their servers and/or do not want to upload the IPA file to an external server, the apps can be published using the Plist link.
  • Admins can also publish these files on managed devices and automatically install apps.
  • The IPA file should be packaged using the over-the-air (OTA) method and should be signed using a valid Enterprise distribution certificate.

Now let us have a look at the step-by-step process to install enterprise applications on managed devices using Scalefusion

Before you begin: Sign up on Scalefusion. Create a device profile and enroll devices that you want to manage.

1.Navigate to the Enterprise Store section on the dashboard. Here you can find all available apps from the App Store, Play Store as well as apps by Scalefusion.

Publish apps on Android & iOS

2. Click on the Enterprise Store section. Here you can see all the previously added applications on the enterprise store.

Publish apps on Android & iOS

3. Click on the upload new app in the top right corner. Let us start by uploading an Android app.

Publish apps on Android & iOS

4. Click on the Upload Android app option. You can now add your APK file. You can also see the available storage before you upload.

5. You can add an APK file from your computer.

6. You can see the uploaded app here. You can publish it on selected device groups, device profiles or devices. You can also add release notes or configure other settings and restrictions related to the app.

7. Now let us upload an iOS app. We will first have a look at the process to upload an IPA file. You can browse and add a file from your computer.

8. You can upload the file. It might take a few seconds to process the file.

9. Once the file is uploaded, you can see the app details similar to the APK file upload for Android.

10. You can also upload an app using a Plist link. Paste the link and click on the Upload link button to continue.

11. Your app will be downloaded and can be published on device profiles. The app will be installed on all the devices with the selected device profiles.

Publish apps on Android & iOS

12. In the enterprise store, you can see all the available apps. You can select an app to uninstall, publish or update the app.

Publish apps on Android & iOS

13. You can also check the app updates by clicking on the app. If you delete the app, it will be deleted from the enterprise store. If you choose the delete and uninstall option, the app will be uninstalled from all the devices it is available on.

Publish apps on Android & iOS

With Scalefusion, distributing enterprise apps on managed Android and iOS devices is simplified. Along with a bunch of other enhanced capabilities, Scalefusion enterprise store helps in App Management for your business.

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Renuka Shahane is a Sr. Content Writer at Scalefusion. An engineering graduate, an Apple junkie and an avid reader, she has a 5+ years of experience in content creation, content strategy and PR for technology and web based startups.


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