When Apple first introduced their Volume Purchase Programme (VPP) – it was great news for schools using iPad, letting you easily buy multiple copies of apps, and dish them out to pupils’ devices via managed distribution (as well as getting you bulk discounts of 50% off on many apps too!).
The only problem with VPP previously was that you needed a credit card to facilitate the purchase – not the best way to buy for some schools. But now, with VPP Credit, you can simply pay for credit to use in the VPP App Store with a purchase order, meaning more flexible payments. And you can do it really easily through us, without needing to go to anyone else.
Here’s how it works:
1. Sign up for the Volume Purchase Programme
The first thing you’ll need to do, if you haven’t already, is enrol onto Apple’s Volume Purchase Programme (if you’ve done this already, you can happily skip to Step 2). You’ll need to set up an Apple ID for your institution by entering your details and your institution’s details before verifying your contact details and Apple reviewing your application.
2. Buy your VPP Credit
Once you’re enrolled, you can now actually buy your VPP Credit. Just send us, as an Apple Authorised Reseller, a purchase order from your school with the following information, so we can begin to process your order:
– Amount of VPP Credit required (please only use increments of £1).
– First and last name of VPP account holder (the one you set up in Step 1).
– Email address on VPP account.
– School name (if the order comes from the LA, they need to state your school name).
– The part code you need to order for VPP Credit is: D6701Z/A – VPP Credit for Education.
3. Use the secure inbox to purchase apps
4. Distribute apps to devices
Once you’ve bought your apps, it’s now time to distribute them to your iPad deployment. VPP makes it easy to push out content to student and staff devices, letting you distribute to selected devices either through USB with a Mac and Apple Configurator or over the air via a mobile device management (MDM) solution. MDM solutions will let you control the entire distribution process, assigning apps to users, and revoking and re-assigning unused app licences.
Of course, if you do have any trouble at any step of the process – from setting up VPP to purchasing credit to distributing content – don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team for help on the details below.