There are a number of reasons to supervise your iPads and other iOS Devices. Here are 5 that you need to know.
Supervision is a mode that an iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPod) can be put into using two methods. The first is Apple Configurator and the other is Apple's Device Enrollment Program. Supervision mode is meant to give you more control over Corporately/Institutionally Owned devices, never your employees' personal devices.
Below, we have included the top five reasons to Supervise your iPads that are owned by your organizations.
1. Silent App Push with VPP/MDM using Device Assignment of Apps.When you want to be able to push apps to your devices instantly, without having to okay or tap a prompt physically on each device, you better make sure that they are supervised. Supervision allows you to bypass this frustrating and time-consuming process, and will turn you into an App deployment ninja.
2. Gives your MDM the ability to put device into Single App Mode.
Managing a number of kiosks? Maybe you want to share devices with a number of users and want the devices to only run a single App. When devices are supervised, you can lock them into a single app with a few button clicks on your MDM so long as the app is already installed on the device.
3. You have the ability to remove activation lock using an MDM.
Are you finding that the devices that you are assigning to your end users still have their iCloud information logged in when they return the device to you? The last thing you want to do is take the time to provide proof of purchase to Apple over the phone and wait for them to unlock the device. When a device is supervised, it tells the MDM you use that your organization owns the device, which allows you to remove the activation lock through your 3rd party MDM so long as the device was supervised using Apple Configurator or DEP.
4. Block users from entering Apple ID information into iCloud, Store, etc..
This is crucial for the shared device scenarios out there. The last thing you want is for your shared iPads to have end users personal Apple IDs on there since it's a bit of a pain to pull them off if they are logged into Find my iPad/iPhone. You can also use this method to prevent them from logging in with their personal email and iTunes.
5. You can stop end users from Modifying Wallpaper, Device Name, and Passcode.
School IT admins, I am looking at you here. Do you have issues with student end users changing the wallpaper of the iPad to their selfie or innapropriate internet meme? When your devices are supervised, configuration profiles sent via MDM can now stop the backgrounds, device names and passcodes from being modified.
Put it into practice:
Device Supervision is a must when it comes to managing your iPads or iPhones that your organization owns. There are two different methods to accomplish device supervision: Apple Configurator and The Device Enrollment Program. We go over the differences of these two methods in another blog post, or you can follow our link below to get our tip-sheet on the differences between the two methods.