Restrictions and Settings using an MDM with iOS
What are device restrictions and settings?
This blog article has been updated to accommodate iOS 10
Every iPad, iPhone and iPod touch running iOS have a built in restrictions settings, often used in a home environment as a parental control to manage devices used by children, these settings are controlled by a separate passcode on the device so users don’t necessarily have the ability to change them.
Basic device restrictions are often used to turn off the camera or remove the ability to use Safari.
Why should I use an MDM?
Managing these restrictions on the device gives a certain amount of control, but to enable full control of settings and restrictions that are not available on the device you need to enrol the device into an MDM (Mobile Device Management) server. If you leverage Apple’s DEP programme with and MDM you can enrol iPads into an MDM server in a way that the users cannot bypass or remove, and by enabling device supervision during that enrolment process even more powerful management settings and restrictions become available using the MDM to push settings out over the air in a way invisible to the end user.
An advanced restriction only possible through an MDM is the ability to restrict the use of iCloud backup should you not want end users to remove data from the school network, and if the device is supervised you can also restrict options like the modification of the device name or wallpaper using an MDM.
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