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A customized mobile app for your company's Linchpin intranet can be distributed to employees in a variety of ways.


Overview of deployment options

Customized apps based on Linchpin Mobile can be distributed to employees' mobile devices in a variety of ways. On this page, we present the most common practices and briefly discuss the advantages of each variant so that you can make the best possible decision for your company.

Android

Public Google Play Store

For Android devices, the simplest option is usually distribution via the public Google Play Store. Most employees are familiar with this from their private lives, so they feel right at home. The processes for searching, installing, and updating the customized intranet app for your company are also mostly already well known. Furthermore, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) strategies can be implemented in this way, which allow employees to install work-related apps on personal Android devices.

Mobile Device Management (MDM)

A customized app based on Linchpin Mobile can of course also be issued to managed employee devices via your company's mobile device management system. This way, corporate IT always keeps track of all Android devices using the mobile intranet app.

iOS

For iOS devices, deployment is often more complex because Apple regulates the ecosystem more strictly and thus partially requires distribution paths for certain types of apps. Here you can find the different distribution channels (Public App Store, Custom App via Apple Business & Mobile Device Management) for iOS apps at a glance:


Public App Store

Custom App via Apple Business

MDM

Requirements

App is relevant to the broad public

Company is enrolled in Apple Business Manager

Devices enrolled in corporate MDM

Target groupAll iOS usersAny iOS user provided with a redemption codeAll employees enrolled in MDM
Advantages
  • Easiest way for user to find, install, and update
  • Public visibility for your company
  • Lightweight review process with less requirements regarding public content
  • Easy to integrate with BYOD strategy
  • App distribution centrally managed by corporate IT
  • No review process at all
Risks and limitations

Apple may reject apps / updates in a strict review process

  • International employees need redemption code for app store of their country > Apple Business Account needed for every country your company is located in
  • Manual effort for distributing personal redemption codes to all employees

No feasible support for BYOD > Only employees with managed device have access to the app


In the following sections we provide you with more information on each of the deployment options.

Public iOS App Store

You can choose to publish the Custom App for your company to the public iOS App Store. This first requires a review by the Apple app store review team, which will check your app against the applicable app store review guidelines. You can find the current version on the Apple website: https://developer.apple.com/app-store/review/guidelines/

One aspect that has led to rejection of custom apps in this review in the past is the lack of public relevance. If such relevance is not given, for example because the target group of the app is restricted too much to the employees of a company, Apple consistently rejects apps for distribution via the iOS app store. Therefore, it is necessary to provide publicly accessible information in the app so that it offers added value to any iOS user. You can read more about this on the page about designing the public content of a custom app: Linchpin Mobile - Custom App - Public app stream.

Custom App via Apple Business Manager

This deployment option is suitable for most companies that want to distribute a Custom App based on Linchpin Mobile to their employees. Your company must be enrolled in the Apple Business Program to do this, and can issue redemption codes to install your custom app to any employees. They can then redeem the codes through the regular iOS App Store to download the app. This way, you can even reach employees who don't own a company-managed iOS device (Bring-Your-Own-Device).

Compared to direct publishing of your custom app via the iOS app store, the app is not publicly listed when distributed via Apple Business, so it can only be downloaded by using a redemption code. In return, however, this ensures that the guidelines for the public relevance of your app are interpreted much more moderately - a rejection by the App Store Review Team is hardly to be feared here.

For more information on enrolling in the Apple Business Program and deploying a custom app through this channel, see here: Deploy your iOS Custom App via Apple Business

Mobile Device Management (MDM)

A customized app based on Linchpin Mobile can of course also be issued to managed employee devices via your company's mobile device management system. This way, corporate IT always keeps track of all iOS devices using the mobile intranet app.



This page was last edited on 05/25/2021.