The Powerful Apple MDM solution to manage iOS devices remotely

Apple MDM (mobile device management) tools and software facilitate the management of corporate and employee-owned Apple devices used within an organization. iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and tvOS devices have an in-built framework that can be leveraged by Apple MDM solutions to enable the corporate device management of iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, and Apple TVs. Apple mobile device management solutions allow IT admins to remotely enroll, deploy, and manage Apple devices in bulk, enforce security configurations on them, and distribute applications and content to them. While some Apple device management solutions and software serve only as an iOS MDM (iOS/iPhone device manager), Mobile Device Manager Plus is a comprehensive Apple device manager that enables businesses and educational institutions to remotely manage iPads (iPadOS), iPhones (iOS) and Macs (macOS) from a central console. In addition to being a robust MDM tool for Apple devices, Mobile Device Manager Plus can also effectively manage devices across Android, Windows and Chrome platforms.

Features of Apple MDM Software

Every Apple MDM (iPhone/iOS MDM) solution or Apple device manager must support the following features to provide effective Apple device management on devices.

Apple Device Enrollment

Watch our videos on how to enroll iPhone 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 for apple device management 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. 
  • Deploy iOS devices (iPhones and iPads) as Kiosks, right from the MDM console.

Apple App management

  • Silently distribute both in-house and App Store applications without Apple ID and user intervention.
  • Ensure that only trusted apps are installed on the devices by restricting user from installing unauthorized apps. 
  • Manage licenses for Apple apps on iOS devices, using Apple Business Manager.
  • Purchase and deploy apps based on departments/location using location tokens.
  • Track and generate reports on the number of app licenses that are used and are available for distribution.
  • Control app updates on Apple devices, sanctioning fixes and upgrades through MDM, without disturbing the users. 
  • Publish apps on the App Catalog to allow users to conveniently install applications themselves. 
  • Blocklist 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 allowed.
  • Automate security updates on iOS devices with Automated OS updates.
  • Remotely lock the device to prevent unauthorized 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 iOS devices with Apple MDM?

Follow the steps given below to manage iOS devices using Mobile Device Manager Plus as an Apple MDM software:

Step 1: Add APNs certificate

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

Step 2: Enroll the devices

The devices can be enrolled into Apple MDM solutions such as Mobile Device Manager Plus or any other Apple (iOS) device manager 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 for iOS devices with the added advantage of mandatory management of devices.

Step 3: Create and associate profiles

Create Groups based on departments and automate the distribution of security policies, apps and documents. With the Apple MDM solution, organizations can also:

Lost Mode with iPhone/iPad device management software

What is Apple MDM?

Apple mobile device management or Apple device management is simply the means to bring iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and tvOS devices under corporate management. Apple MDM allows IT admins to distribute and manage content to devices, and apply the required security configurations on these devices, making them ready for business use. Through Apple MDM solutions like Mobile Device Manager Plus, IT admins can enroll and provision work-ready Apple devices to their employees.

Why is Apple MDM software important?

Inherent security of Apple devices and the varied functions they serve are the main reasons for the exponential adoption of iOS, iPadOS, macOS and tvOS devices in organizations. To make the most of the benefits offered, organizations must either deploy an Apple MDM solution for Apple device management or an iOS device manager for remote iOS management. They provide organizations the means to ensure that corporate or personally-owned Apple devices can remotely be configured with the required security policies and enterprise-approved apps and content.

iOS device management software

iOS device management software and solutions are dedicated to iOS remote management. It enables IT admins to seamlessly deploy iPhones, configure security policies and provision the iOS devices with the required apps and content, over-the-air. Similarly iPadOS devices can be managed using iPad management software. These iPad management software and tools allow IT admins to remotely manage the iPads used within organizations.

Manage iOS devices with Apple MDM solutions

Corporate management of iOS devices like iPhones is made possible with iOS MDM solutions. In addition to simplifying iPhone device management, most iOS MDM solutions usually double up as an Apple MDM solution. MDM solutions for Apple facilitate the management of iOS, iPadOS, macOS and tvOS devices. Moreover, comprehensive MDM tools handle Apple device management along with managing Android, Windows and Chrome devices. ManageEngine's Mobile Device Manager Plus is one such Apple/iOS device management software that lets you manage all Apple devices including even Apple iPods as well as devices running other OS.

Benefits of Apple device management solutions

Apple MDM solutions offer organizations the following benefits in terms of iOS mobile device management:

  • Bulk deployment of Apple devices: Using an Apple MDM solution, organizations can deploy the devices out-of-the-box to all their employees in bulk with minimal admin intervention.
  • Customizable dashboard: Apple MDM solutions or MDM solutions serve as a one stop shop for managing their Apple devices. It provides a dashboard for viewing updated inventory details such as hardware & software details, information on the associated configurations and certificates, installed app etc.
  • Seamless app distribution: Apple MDM solutions allow organizations to manage Store and enterprise apps through their entire lifecycle. It restricts users from installing malicious apps and also allows organizations to run only specific set of apps on devices.
  • Extensive support for configurations and restrictions: Apple MDM solutions provide organizations a vast array of policies that allow organizations to configure devices to their needs and also ensure corporate data security

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