Remotely manage iPad/iPhone with Apple MDM solutions.

Apple MDM solution is a unified console that simplifies the bulk deployment and management of various Apple devices such as iPads (iPadOS), iPhones (iOS) and Macs (macOS). 

The exponential level of usage of Apple devices in organizations becuase of their inherent security and varied features, make remote iPad management and Apple device management a necessity. Apple MDM solutions or just iPad/iOS MDM solutions provide organizations the means to ensure that corporate or personally-owned can remotely be configured with the required security configurations and enterprise-approved app and content.

Most mobile device management solutions have the capabilities to double up as an Apple MDM solution and handle iPad management and iOS device management along with managing Android, Windows and Chrome devices. ManageEngine's Mobile Device Manager Plus is one such iOS/iPad management software that lets you manage all Apple devices such as iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple TVs and even Apple iPods. Let us look at the varied features provided by MDM for Apple device management:

Apple Device Enrollment

Watch our videos on how to enroll devices into our Apple MDM with Apple Configurator and Apple DEP. Also, learn how to enroll Apple TV into ABM using Apple Configurator.

Apple Profile Management

  • Create and associate profiles in bulk to Groups and devices.
  • Containerize work apps and personal apps by applying restrictions on devices.
  • Restrict the use of non-productive applications including camera, YouTube, AirDrop, iCloud photo library, Safari browser, etc.
  • Create profiles to configure passcodes, restrictions, AirDrop, Touch ID, Wi-Fi, VPN, App Lock, and Global HTTP Proxy. 

Apple App management

  • Silently distribute both in-house and App Store applications without Apple ID and user intervention.
  • Ensure that only managed apps are installed on the devices by restricting user from installing unauthorised apps. 
  • Manage licenses for Apple apps on iOS devices, using Apple Business Manager.
  • Control app updates. Sanction fixes and upgrades through MDM, without disturbing the users. 
  • Publish apps on the App Catalog to allow users to conveniently install applications themselves. 
  • Blacklist user installed, MDM installed and system apps on iOS devices.

Apple Asset management

  • Receive insights on device summary, network usage, configuration details, and installed apps.
  • Track granular information on feature status, such as Activation Lock or location services.
  • Gain complete visibility on your devices with out-of-the-box reports.

Apple Security management

  • Set stringent passcodes with maximum number of failed attempts.
  • Automate security updates on iOS devices with Automated OS updates.
  • Remotely lock the device to prevent unauthorised third party access.
  • Automatically remove Jailbroken devices when detected in your network.
  • Enable Lost Mode when devices are lost or stolen and perform a complete or corporate wipe to protect corporate data. Refer this document to learn how to secure corporate devices using Apple MDM solutions.

Audit and reports

  • Perform assertive monitoring by generating detailed reports of iOS devices.
  • Generate reports to monitor the status of apps installed in the device.
  • Customize reports based on applied criteria such as apps by devices, devices by model, and more.

How to manage iPad/iPhone with iOS MDM software?

One of the pre-requisites for iPad/iOS remote device management using an iPad/iOS device manager is creating an APNs certificate. This certificate is required to secure the communication with Apple Push Notification service. Learn how to create an APNs certificate and add it to ManageEngine's Apple MDM solution, Mobile Device Manager Plus.

Next, the iPads/iOS devices can be enrolled into Mobile Device Manager Plus using Apple Business Manager(ABM) or Apple School Manager (if you're an educational institution). Enrolling iOS, iPadOS and macOS devices using ABM/ASM allows organizations to completely automate the remote device management with the added advantage of mandatory management of devices.

Once the devices are successfully enrolled, create Groups based on departments and automate the distribution of security policies, apps and documents. Organizations can also lock down iPhones/iPads into Kiosk Mode and configure policies to manage OS updates

Lost and stolen devices can also be remotely located, locked and wiped to ensure complete data security and prevent unauthorised data access with Lost Mode.

Lost Mode with iPhone/iPad device management software


In addition to the iPad device management capabilities, ManageEngine's Apple MDM, Mobile Device Manager Plus also supports extensive features for managing devices running macOS. Learn more about Mobile Device Manager Plus' Mac management capabilities.