Getting Started - Apple Integrations

By Corey Willis

Use this guide to configure your Apple Integrations

Apple Push Notification service (APNs) is platform notification service created by Apple inc. that is a vital component of Mobile Device Management (MDM). MDM is a framework that allows devices to be secured and controlled, and to have policies enforced, remotely. MDM relies on APNs to communicate with Apple devices.

You must create a new APNs certificate before enrolling any devices. The Add Devices page will not be accessible until APNs is configured.

Configure APNs

For best results, use a macOS computer.

  1. Navigate to your Kandji Web App (e.g., Please take a look at your welcome email for this information.
  2. In the left-hand navigation bar, click Settings.
  3. Select the Apple Integrations tab.
  4. Under Apple Push Notifications service (APNs), click Configure APNs.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to create a new APNs certificate.
Do not attempt to use an existing APNs certificate. Use an Apple ID linked to your business email address.

If you have an Apple Business Manager (ABM) account or Apple School Manager (ASM) account, we recommend creating a new Managed Apple ID in ABM or ASM named Refer to these articles to learn how to set up Managed Apple IDs for Apple Business Manager and Apple School Manager.

APNs certificates automatically expire annually, so you will need to renew your Kandji APNs certificate each year. Kandji will alert you when the certificate should be renewed.

Configure Automated Device Enrollment

Automated Device Enrollment allows devices to enroll automatically into Kandji when they are first powered on and set up. Once enrolled, devices will receive settings and apps configured within Kandji.

To use Automated Device Enrollment, you must be enrolled in Apple Business Manager. There is no cost to enroll, but it may take several days to complete the process if you have not done so already.

If you already have Apple Business Manager set up and are migrating from a previous MDM, add Kandji as a new MDM server in Apple Business Manager and reassign devices to Kandji. Users with existing devices will not notice this change—it is only apparent when configuring a new device.

After you assign devices to Kandji in Apple Business Manager, they will appear in the Kandji web app in the Devices module under Automated Device Enrollment and the device name listed as Awaiting Enrollment. This does not mean devices are enrolled in Kandji; enrollment occurs during the new-device setup process.

Steps to configure Automated Device Enrollment 

  1. In the left-hand navigation bar, click Settings.
  2. Select the Apple Integrations tab.
  3. Under Automated Device Enrollment, click Configure.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up Automated Device Enrollment.

Configure Apps and Books

Apps and Books allows you to get free and paid apps from Apple's App Store and distribute them to devices using Kandji. This is different from Auto Apps or Custom Apps in Kandji. 

You cannot share the same Apps and Books token across multiple MDM servers in Apple Business Manager. It is highly recommended that you create a new location in ABM specifically for your Kandji tenant and use a dedicated Apps and Books token.

To use Apps and Books, you will need to be enrolled in Apple Business Manager. To configure Apps and Books:

  1. Create a new location in Apple Business Manager. 
  2. Navigate to Settings in the left-hand navigation bar.
  3. Select the Apple Integrations tab.
  4. Under Apps and Books, click Configure.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up Apps and Books. For detailed instructions, see this article.
  6. Click Complete Apps and Books setup.