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Deploy apps to mobile devices in Microsoft Intune

 

Updated: August 1, 2015

Applies To: Microsoft Intune

Consider the following requirements before you publish apps to Microsoft Intune cloud storage:

  • Any files that are required to install apps must exist in a storage location that Intune can access and all associated files must be in the same location.

  • No single file size is larger than 2 GB.

  • Verify that you have a minimum Internet speed of 768 kbps.

System_CAPS_importantImportant

Before you can create and deploy apps for mobile devices from the Intune administrator console, you must ensure that you have set the mobile device management authority to Microsoft Intune.

For more information, see Set up device enrollment in Microsoft Intune.

System_CAPS_noteNote

Currently, end users cannot install corporate apps from the Intune Company Portal app for iOS. This is due to restrictions placed on apps that are published in the iOS App Store (see App Store Review Guidelines. Users can access corporate apps (including managed App Store apps and line-of-business app packages) by launching the Company Portal app on their device and tapping the Company Apps tile, which will open Safari browser and redirect them to the Intune Web Portal. For more information about the mobile management capabilities enabled by the Intune Company Portal app, see Mobile device management capabilities in Microsoft Intune.

You must publish software installers or external links to Intune cloud storage before you can deploy the apps to users.

To publish apps as an external link

  1. In the Microsoft Intune administrator console, click Apps > Apps > Add App. If prompted, enter your Intune credentials.

    System_CAPS_noteNote

    When you start the Microsoft Intune Software Publisher for the first time, a short delay occurs while the app is installed.

  2. On the Before you begin page, click Next.

  3. On the Software setup page, select External link in Select how this software is made available to devices.

  4. Enter the external link for the app in Specify the URL, and then click Next. Before you publish the external link, be sure to test the URL from the default Internet browser of a target mobile device.

  5. On the Software description page, provide the information that you want users to see in the company portal for the app, and then click Next. The following settings are available:

    Setting

    Details

    Publisher

    Enter the name of the publisher. For example, Microsoft or Contoso.

    Name

    Enter or change the name of the app. The app name is displayed in the company portal. It is also used when you search for apps. Each app package should have a unique name. If the company portal detects multiple apps with the same name, it will only display one of the apps.

    Description

    Enter a description for the app. The description will be displayed in the company portal.

    Category

    Select the category that best fits this app. Use Other Apps for an app that does not match the predefined categories. The category that you select is used to classify the app. This setting is optional.

    Display this as a featured app and highlight it in the company portal

    Select this option to display the app prominently in the company portal on user’s devices.

    Icon

    Choose whether to associate an icon with the app. The maximum size for the icon is 250 x 250 pixels. The recommended size is 32 x 32 pixels. This setting is optional.

  6. On the Summary page, verify the app information, and then click Upload. Click Close to exit the wizard.

The app is ready to be deployed.

To publish a software installer for mobile devices

  1. In the Microsoft Intune administrator console, click Apps > Apps > Add App. If prompted, enter your Intune credentials.

    System_CAPS_noteNote

    When you start the Microsoft Intune Software Publisher for the first time, a short delay occurs while the app is installed.

  2. On the Before you begin page, click Next.

  3. On the Software setup page, select Software link in Select how this software is made available to devices.

  4. Select the software installer file type for the mobile device.

    Software installer type

    Supported devices

    App package for Android

    • Android

    App package for iOS

    • iOS

    Windows Phone app package

    • Windows Phone 8

    • Windows Phone 8.1

    Windows app package

    • Windows 8

    • Windows 8.1

    • Windows RT

    • Windows RT 8.1

  5. Enter the full path to the app installation file in Specify the location of the software setup files or browse to its location.

  6. On the Software description page, provide the information that you want users to see in the company portal for the app, and then click Next. The following settings are available:

    Setting

    Details

    Publisher

    Enter the name of the publisher. For example, Microsoft or Contoso.

    Name

    Enter or change the name of the app. The app name is displayed in the company portal. It is also used when you search for apps. Each app package should have a unique name. If the company portal detects multiple apps with the same name, it will only display one of the apps.

    Description

    Enter a description for the app. The description is displayed in the company portal.

    Category

    Select the category that best fits this app. Use Other Apps for an app that does not match the predefined categories. The category that you select is used to classify the app. This setting is optional.

    Display this as a featured app and highlight it in the company portal

    Select this option to display the app prominently in the company portal on devices.

    Icon

    Choose whether to associate an icon with the app. The maximum size for the icon is 250 x 250 pixels. The recommended size is 32 x 32 pixels. This setting is optional.

  7. Applies only to the App Package for iOS and App Package for Android installer types

    On the Requirements page, specify the architecture and the operating system that is required before the app will be installed on the mobile device, and then click Next.

  8. On the Summary page, verify the app information, and then click Upload. Click Close to exit the wizard.

The app is ready to be deployed after you publish it to Intune cloud storage. Consider the following:

  • Cloud storage: Uploaded apps are stored in Intune cloud storage that your organization purchased. If you have insufficient free space to upload the app package, you are notified of this during the upload process. Intune cannot determine whether there is enough free space until after the app upload has started. For details, see Cloud storage requirements.

To publish a managed iOS app

  1. In the Microsoft Intune administrator console, click Apps > Apps > Add App. If prompted, enter your Intune credentials.

    System_CAPS_noteNote

    When you start the Microsoft Intune Software Publisher for the first time, a short delay occurs while the app is installed.

  2. On the Before you begin page, click Next.

  3. On the Software setup page, select Managed iOS app from the app store in Select how this software is made available to devices.

  4. Under Specify the URL, enter the URL to a free iOS app in the iTunes Store. Before you publish the managed iOS app, be sure to test that the URL is valid.

  5. On the Software description page, provide the information that you want users to see in the company portal for the app, and then click Next. The following settings are available:

    Setting

    Details

    Publisher

    Enter the name of the publisher. For example, Microsoft or Contoso.

    Name

    Enter or change the name of the app. The app name is displayed in the company portal. It is also used when you search for apps. Each app package should have a unique name. If the company portal detects multiple apps with the same name, it will only display one of the apps.

    Description

    Enter a description for the app. The description is displayed in the company portal.

    Category

    Select the category that best fits the app. Use Other Apps for an app that does not match the predefined categories. The category that you select is used to classify the app. This setting is optional.

    Display this as a featured app and highlight it in the company portal

    Select this option to display the app prominently in the company portal on devices.

    Icon

    Choose whether to associate an icon with the app. The maximum size for the icon is 250 x 250 pixels. The recommended size is 32 x 32 pixels. This setting is optional.

  6. On the Summary page, verify the app information, and then click Upload. Click Close to exit the wizard.

The app is now ready to be deployed.

When you deploy an app, depending on the deployment action you choose, the app will be made available for users to install from the company portal, automatically installed, or uninstalled. The deployment is targeted to all groups to which you deploy the app. Make sure create the user and device groups according to the needs of your app deployment. For details, see Use groups to manage users and devices with Microsoft Intune.

Create an app deployment

  1. In the Microsoft Intune administrator console, click Apps > Apps.

  2. Select the title of the mobile device app that you want to deploy, and then click Manage Deployment.

    System_CAPS_noteNote

    When you select multiple items, and include both mobile device apps and computer apps, you can only deploy the apps as an Available Install.

  3. On the Select Groups page, select the user groups to which you want to deploy the app, and then click Next.

  4. On the Deployment Action page, select one of the following from the Approval column:

    • Available install – The app will be made available for users to install from the company portal.

    • Required install – The app will be automatically installed on devices to which it is deployed.

      To define a timeline for the app to be deployed, click the drop-down menu in the Deadline column, and select one of the following options:

      • None: Deploys the app based on the agent policy settings.

      • As soon as possible: During the next synchronization, Microsoft Intune scans devices in the selected groups, and then deploys the app. For more information about how to schedule synchronization, see Use policies to manage computers and mobile devices with Microsoft Intune.

      • One week: This option deploys the app package one calendar week from the current day.

      • Two weeks: This option deploys the app package two calendar weeks from the current day.

      • One month: This option deploys the app package one calendar month from the current day.

      • Custom: This option lets you set a specific date and time for the app package to deploy.

      System_CAPS_importantImportant

      Deploying apps may take longer than expected. It can take up to an hour before newly deployed apps are available to users.

    • Uninstall – The app will be uninstalled on devices to which this deployment is targeted (where uninstall is supported).

    • Not applicable – The app will not be installed automatically, or made available in the company portal.

    For more information about the deployment actions you can use, see Understand app deployment actions.

  5. On the VPN Profile page, you can choose to associate iOS apps with a VPN profile you have deployed. The VPN connection will be automatically opened when the app is launched. To make a VPN profile available, it must have the Per-app VPN profile setting enabled.

    For information about how to configure VPN profiles, including support for associating profiles with apps, see Help users connect to their work using VPN profiles with Microsoft Intune.

  6. If the app you are deploying is compatible with Intune mobile application management policies, on the Mobile App Management page, you can associate a mobile application policy you have created with this app. For information about how to configure mobile application management policies, see Protect data using mobile application management policies with Microsoft Intune.

  7. When you are done, click Finish.

You can monitor app deployment status and app adoption in the Microsoft Intune administrator console.

System_CAPS_noteNote

Statistics for mobile apps will be displayed only if there are users to whom the app was deployed or if there are users who attempted to download the app.

To view apps

  1. In the Microsoft Intune administrator console, click Apps > Apps. Click any app in the list to display the status of the app and general information about the app.

    System_CAPS_noteNote

    Available user statistics relate to the number of users to whom the app is currently available; whereas the number of download attempts relates to all attempted downloads over time by any users to whom the app was available at any point.

  2. Click Filters, and then select a filter to restrict the displayed list of managed apps.

To view details for managed apps

  1. In the Microsoft Intune administrator console, click Apps > Apps. Click any app in the list to display the status and list general information about the app.

  2. Select the app, and then click View Properties for more information about the app. The following tabs are displayed:

    1. General: provides details and links to the app status and details.

    2. Users: provides the list of users to which the app was deployed.

    3. Computers: This tab is available for computer apps only. Provides the list of computers to which the app was deployed as a required installation.

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