With many organizations deploying different mobile devices for better productivity, applications on devices are extremely important aspects of a business environment. Through MDM, a wide range of apps can be installed on employees' devices to improve accessibility and work productivity.
However, it is important to ensure that these apps are updated from time to time as:
This involves updating multiple apps on all the devices in the organization, running on multiple platforms. The app management capabilities of Mobile Device Manager Plus, a mobile device management solution, make it possible to automate the large-scale distribution of app updates, across, Android, Windows, and Chrome OS. Additionally, you can test the app update before deploying it to your devices. Using Mobile Device Manager Plus, IT admins can holistically manage apps and their updates. App updates can also be scheduled to be deployed at a certain date, time and interval. With the App Update Policy feature, you can make sure that employees' devices remain up to date with recent app updates.
The controlled distribution of app updates ensures that:
To manage the app updates for your devices, follow the steps given in this document.
NOTE: The MDM server automatically syncs with each Store every 24 hours. If an app update is available, it will be notified on the MDM server in the App Repository view. You can also manually sync the Store with the MDM server, by clicking on Sync ABM Apps/ Sync Play Store Apps/ Sync Business Store Apps from the App Repository, to fetch the details of any recently purchased/approved apps as well as the app updates.
While it is important to ensure apps on the devices are updated, it is equally important to distribute perfectly tested app updates. This is because the app update could have an issue causing an adverse impact on your business productivity or a compatibility issue with the OS running on the device might crop up post-deployment. It is thus recommended to test the app update on a single device or on specific devices and only if the functionality of the app update is satisfactory, proceed with the deployment to groups. You also may want certain apps' updates to reach a set of devices before the rest of the production environment.
Follow the steps given below to distribute app updates to selected devices.
You can distribute app updates to test groups or to specific groups of devices on which you want the latest version of the app to be present. Follow the steps given below to distribute app updates to selected groups.
Once, the app updates have been tested, you can go ahead and distribute them to all your groups. Follow the steps given below to distribute app updates to all devices which have the previous version of the app:
In the case of enterprise apps, the updated version app has to be uploaded on MDM. You can test the app update before you distribute it to your devices, which eliminates issues that arise due to bugs in the update.
Follow the given steps to create app update policies:
How update distribution takes place using the App Update policy
This policy then has to be associated with Groups for devices to receive updates as per what you've configured.
Refer to this document to learn more about configuring app update policies for in-house apps (enterprise apps)