Posted by Michael Devins on October 12th, 2015

VPP App Distribution, No Apple ID Required

Starting today, Bushel can be used to deploy Volume Purchase Program (VPP) apps to Apple devices running iOS 9 or OS X 10.11 El Capitan without the need for an Apple ID. That’s right, no Apple ID required!

While countless businesses use Mobile Device Management (MDM) and VPP for app distribution, each individual device has traditionally required an Apple ID. With this Apple ID requirement, organizations had to come up with a strategy to get a unique Apple ID on every device. Some created company-owned Apple IDs and others allowed an employee to use his or her personal Apple ID. In either case, this process presented some challenging logistics.

With Apple’s recent introduction of this new app deployment method alongside the release of iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, VPP apps can now be assigned directly to your organization’s iPads, iPhones and Macs. There is no VPP invitation process and no need for an Apple ID on the devices. This greatly simplifies the critical task of deploying apps to devices.

If it makes sense for your deployment, or if devices are running previous operating systems, the Apple ID assignment method will remain available. This can also be helpful if your employees own multiple devices because one app assignment can be downloaded across an employee’s multiple devices (i.e. iPad and iPhone). If you have shared devices, or if you don’t want to work through the logistics of creating an Apple ID strategy, Bushel can now assign VPP apps directly to each device.

To take advantage of this new app deployment feature with Bushel, be sure to upgrade iPads and iPhones to iOS 9 and Macs to OS X 10.11 El Capitan. If you haven’t already created a free Volume Purchase Program account for your organization, you can get started here:  Volume Purchase Program for Business.

Bushel is Mobile Device Management, simplified for smaller environments and now allows your organization to deploy VPP apps over the air, no Apple ID required. Create your own Bushel account and manage three devices for free, forever. Additional devices are just $2 per device per month. Get started at

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Posted by Charles Edge on September 16th, 2015


There’s lots for businesses to be excited about with iOS 9. From easier multitasking on iPad, commuting with Transit view in Maps, enhanced notes, to an all new News app—there are lots of ways that business users can make the most of their iPads and iPhones by migrating to iOS 9. We encourage users to take advantage of iOS 9. Their devices will remain fully compatible with Bushel.

As your users get ready to update, below are some best practices around updating an iOS device:

Always backup your device before running a software update. This can be done with either iCloud or iTunes (or both). Having a proper backup ensures that you’ll never risk losing information. This article provides more details on how to backup:

Users should know ALL of their passwords before updating. This includes their Apple ID password, iCloud password, email password and any other account credentials that may be saved on the device. These passwords may need to be entered again after the update. If a user has forgotten his or her Apple ID password, it can be changed at

Let your users know that there could be some downtime with their device during the update. Their device can be used while the update is downloading, however installation will restart the device.  This can take anywhere from 5-15 minutes to complete the install. 

After the device is up-to-date, the user may be asked to enter passwords. After passwords are entered, users should also run any available app updates. Many apps will already have updates ready for the iOS 9 release and over the course of the next few days, most apps will have updates. It is important to run these updates to ensure all of your apps are optimized to run on iOS 9.

If you have any issues with your iOS 9 update, head on over to or visit your local Apple Store for assistance.

Posted by Charles Edge on September 4th, 2015

One of those funny calls we get every now and then is about how to block someone from calling or texting you. There are two main ways to go about this. The first is if someone is in your contacts. The second is if someone isn’t.

To block someone that is in your iPhone’s contacts:

  • Open the Settings app from your home screen
  • Tap on the Phone option (scroll down a little)
  • Tap on Blocked
  • Tap on Add New
  • At the All Contacts window, you’ll see everyone in your Contacts/Address Book
  • Scroll to the contact you need to block and tap on that contact
  • Tap Block
  • The name is then added to the list of blocked contacts

To block a number for a new user that isn’t in your contacts:

  • Open the Phone app
  • Tap Recents
  • Tap the blue i icon to the right of the number.
  • At the bottom of the contact tap on Block or Block This Caller
  • When you see “You will not receive phone calls, messages, or FaceTime from people on the block list” tap on “Block Contact”

Once added, use the Blocked option in the Phone section of the Settings app to remove a contact if you decide you no longer hate them at some point in the future.

Posted by Charles Edge on August 5th, 2015

laptop@2x-2 Bushel Challenge

In special collaboration with 9to5Mac, we are excited to announce a project we’re calling The Bushel Challenge. We’re asking businesses who have shied away from the complex and often expensive solutions they’ve come to know, to give Bushel a shot, and see first-hand just how simple a solution can be.

So why the challenge? We wanted to show folks that Bushel really is different. And not “different” in the way your father-in-law describes your cooking. While Bushel is made to help small to medium size businesses (SMBs) manage devices like big businesses do, most SMBs have not had the opportunity to learn how they could benefit from a tool like Bushel.

Contestants can activate a new account and manage up to 3 devices for free during the challenge. The challenge runs for 4 weeks, ending on Monday, August 31st, which gives even the largest companies time to explore all of the functionalities Bushel has to offer. After the challenge, you can keep those same 3 devices signed into Bushel—they are free forever. Additional devices are only $2 per device per month.

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So why should you take the Bushel Challenge? Well, for starters, it’s free, but to sweeten the deal, the winner of the Bushel Challenge will receive free Bushel for unlimited devices, for life! And as an added bonus, we will be supplying the winner with a 16GB iPad mini 3 to start their Bushel experience off on the right foot. They will also be spotlighted by 9to5Mac and Bushel. For all the details, and to begin the Bushel Challenge yourself, head on over to our Bushel Challenge page. Good luck!