District admins can now individually configure apps at each group level within Mobile Manager. This option is available at any group level within your organization, including Smart Groups. The Portal allows you to make a selection of apps available to users to download on their own. Users access the portal through a web shortcut that is pushed to devices when the portal is not empty.
To use the Portal, you will first enable it. Navigate to Settings > General under your main organization group.
Scroll down to Portal and toggle the checkbox next to Enable. Click Save.
Portal will have to provision your devices. This may take several minutes. During provision, the following message will be displayed.
Once the provision is complete, the following message will display:
Once you have enabled the Portal, you will see it as a tile in Mobile Manager in between the Apps and Devices tiles. You will now be able to access the Portal in all of your groups. Navigate to the desired group and click on the Portal tile to enter the Portal for that group.
On the Portal page, click on the Add App button to add a new app to your Portal.
Under Add an App, select the destination from which you would like to add an app to your Portal (Upload, iTunes Store, Managed Distribution, or Microsoft BSP). Search for your desired app in the search bar.
Click on an app to open its description box. Within the box, click Add App to add it to your Portal.
Your Portal will populate with apps as you add them.
Note: Only store apps, but not legacy MSIs, are available for Windows.
Adding Multiple Apps
>You can add multiple apps through Managed Distribution.
1. Navigate to Portal from the Mobile Manager screen and click the Add App button.
2. Under Add App select Managed Distribution. Then select your MD Service from the dropdown.
3. Once you have selected your MD Service, check the box to the left of the apps you want to install. Once you have selected all your apps, click Add Selected Apps to Portal.
Once Portal apps have been configured, any device with a user assignment will receive a web clip that automatically logs them into the Portal with their settings. The Portal will appear as App Portal on devices.
Note: Users need to be added into groups and assigned to devices for the Self-Service Portal web shortcut to appear on devices.
Once in the Portal the user can see all apps available to them or apps for specific groups that they are members of. On the devices, on the top left, a menu can be opened with the option to either search for a specific app, or filter by group.
The Portal profile can be viewed on iOS and OS X devices on the Device > Profiles page.
If for any reason, the App Portal is removed or not installed on the device, you can reinstall it from any device through Options > Install Self-Service Portal.
User-perspective of Portal view:
Portal user search function:
Usage Note: The list of available apps for a user is cached for performance reasons. Anytime an admin adds a new app to the portal the cache is cleared and it is rebuilt on the next login. For very large districts there might be a delay between adding an app and it appearing in the users list.