Why Do I Need A Push Certificate?
Before Apple allows SimpleMDM to interact with your devices, you must create an Apple push certificate and upload it to SimpleMDM. This push certificate gives SimpleMDM permission to contact your devices in order to send commands, configurations, and manage apps.
Creating an Apple push certificate is a quick and easy process that shouldn't take more than a couple of minutes.
How to Create a Push Certificate
You will need an Apple ID in order to generate an Apple push certificate. You will need to renew your certificate each year with this Apple ID, so make sure to use an Apple ID that you will remember and also have access to in the future.
If you do not have an Apple ID yet, or would like to create a new one for the purposes of SimpleMDM, you can do so here:
Once you have an Apple ID, sign into SimpleMDM. If you haven't already, you will be prompted to pair your account with Apply by generating an Apple push certificate. Follow the on screen instructions.
Q: Should I use the same Apple ID to generate my push certificate as I use for VPP and DEP? Should I use an Apple ID that I use on the devices as well?
The Apple ID you use does not need to be linked to a Volume Purchase Program (VPP) account and does not need to be the Apple ID being used on any of your devices. This Apple ID is only needed to create the push certificate and will not appear or be tied to any of your devices.