Add an iOS line-of-business app to Microsoft Intune
Use the information in this article to help you add an iOS line-of-business (LOB) app to Microsoft Intune. A line-of-business (LOB) app is an app that you add to Intune from an IPA app installation file. This kind of app is typically written in-house. You will first need to join the iOS Developer Enterprise Program. For more information about how to do this see Apple's website.
Users of iOS devices can remove some of the built-in iOS apps, like Stocks and Maps. You cannot use Intune to redeploy these apps. If users delete these apps, they must go to the app store and manually reinstall them.
iOS LOB apps have a maximum size limit of 4 GB per app.
Step 1: Specify the software setup file
- Sign in to the Microsoft Endpoint Manager Admin Center.
- Select Apps > All apps > Add.
- In the Add App pane, select Line-of-business app as the App type.
Step 2: Configure the app package file
- In the Add app pane, select App package file.
- In the App package file pane, select the browse button. Then select an iOS installation file with the extension .ipa.
- When you're finished, select OK.
Step 3: Configure app information
- In the Add app pane, select App information.
- In the App information pane, add the details for your app. Depending on the app that you chose, some of the values in this pane might be automatically filled in.
- Name: Enter the name of the app as it appears in the company portal. Make sure all app names that you use are unique. If the same app name exists twice, only one of the apps appears in the company portal.
- Description: Enter a description for the app. The description appears in the company portal.
- Publisher: Enter the name of the publisher of the app.
- Minimum Operating System: From the list, choose the minimum operating system version on which the app can be installed. If you assign the app to a device with an earlier operating system, it will not be installed.
- Category: Select one or more of the built-in app categories, or select a category that you created. Categories make it easier for users to find the app when they browse through the company portal.
- Display this as a featured app in the Company Portal: Display the app prominently on the main page of the company portal when users browse for apps.
- Information URL: Optionally, enter the URL of a website that contains information about this app. The URL appears in the company portal.
- Privacy URL: Optionally, enter the URL of a website that contains privacy information for this app. The URL appears in the company portal.
- Developer: Optionally, enter the name of the app developer.
- Owner: Optionally, enter a name for the owner of this app. An example is HR department.
- Notes: Enter any notes that you want to associate with this app.
- Logo: Upload an icon that is associated with the app. This icon is displayed with the app when users browse through the company portal.
- When you're finished, select OK.
Step 4: Finish up
- In the Add app pane, verify that the details for your app are correct.
- Select Add to upload the app to Intune.
The app that you created now appears in the list of apps. From the list, you can assign the apps to groups that you choose. For help, see How to assign apps to groups.
Provisioning profiles for iOS LOB apps have a 30 day notice before they will expire.
Step 5: Update a line-of-business app
- Sign in to the Azure portal.
- Select All Services > Intune. Intune is in the Monitoring + Management section.
- Select Client Apps > Apps.
- Find and select your app in the list of apps.
- In the Overview blade, select Properties.
- Select App package file.
- Select the folder icon and browse to the location of your updated app file. Select Open. The app information is updated with the package information.
- Verify that App version reflects the updated app package.
The update to the line-of-business app will be installed automatically.
For the Intune service to successfully deploy a new IPA file to the device, you must increment the
CFBundleVersion string in the Info.plist file in your IPA package.
The app that you created appears in the list of apps. You can now assign it to groups that you choose. For help, see How to assign apps to groups.
Learn more about the ways in which you can monitor the properties and assignment of your app. See How to monitor app information and assignments.
Learn more about the context of your app in Intune. See Overview of device and app lifecycles.