Apple Configurator is a quick and simple way to configure settings and applications on multiple iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) in bulk. This guide demonstrates how to install both free and paid apps on multiple iPads at once.
I have assumed you have Apple Configurator installed on your Mac and one or more iPads or other iOS devices prepared and supervised by the machine. If not I’ll be posting an article demonstrating how to set up and configure your iPads with Apple Configurator shortly.
STEP 1: Download the app you require via iTunes in the normal way, this includes paid apps
STEP 2: Open Apple Configurator and select the Supervise tab
STEP 3: In the right panel select the Apps tab at the top of the screen.
STEP 4: Initially the Apps panel will be blank. To add the applications you wish to install, click the + symbol at the bottom of the page and navigate to the following location to find the apps you downloaded in iTunes:
Mac HDD > Users > Your User Name > Music > iTunes > iTunes Media > Mobile Applications
The Apple Configurator Apps list should now be populated with the apps you wish to install.
STEP 5: Connect your iPad or iPads to your Mac with the standard Apple USB cable. If you don’t have enough USB ports on your Mac you can use a USB hub. Many iPad trolleys and cases come with a powered USB hub built in.
STEP 6: Your iPads should appear as connected in Apple Configurator.
STEP 7: In the device list select the device or devices you wish to install the app on. If you want to install the app on all devices select “All iPads” at the top of the list.
STEP 8: Tick the application(s) you wish to install in the App list
STEP 9: Click the Apply button at the bottom of the screen
Your apps will now install on all connected iPads.
Installing Paid Apps
If you’re installing an application which costs money there are a couple of additional steps you need to take. First take a look at this post on the Apple Volume Purchasing Programme for Education and if required sign up. If you’re already VPP registered follow these additional steps.
You’ll notice that if you have to purchase an app you are unable to tick and install it on your iPad. You’ll also notice an exclamation mark and a number against the app in the list.
The number represents the number of licenses that are available to install. To start you will have zero but you can add more by purchasing VPP
We will have a guide soon demonstrating how to purchase VPP licenses.
STEP 1: Double click on the number next to the application in Apple Configurator. A new dialog box will open.
STEP 2: Click Import Redemption Codes and then click to confirm that you want to import codes
STEP 3: Browse to find the file containing the redemption codes downloaded from your Apple VPP account. The number next to your application should now represent the number of purchased licenses.
STEP 4: Continue on from Step 8 above.
I’ll be building more guides to iOS management soon. Keep checking back for the latest information.