Apple devices in supervised mode

Advantages and differences

Nowadays, corporate data is under constant threat, as it can be manipulated, overwritten, published and/or sold through unsolicited access by third parties. Apple's supervised setting is a special configuration mode that uses certain accesses to monitor iOS devices to provide greater data security to Apple devices. As a result, these devices qualify for secure use in a corporate context. Strict guidelines for the protection of sensitive data can thus be adhered to without individual employees being solely responsible.

With the supervised configuration, device usage can be channelled for business-specific processes, increasing productivity and reducing costs, while protecting company data and ultimately the employer and his employees. This helps prevent the loss of personal information and the resulting problems such as legal disputes, damaged reputation or existential concerns.


Which devices allow the supervised feature? 

The supervised configuration can be executed on any Apple device. These devices already have numerous hidden tools in their operating system, which increase the security of the device. However, they can only be used in supervised mode and this mode is normally set to inactive. The supervised configuration is therefore a permission to enable these functions.


What are the differences to unsupervised mode?

In the following the most important features of a supervised vs. an unsupervised iOS device are shown:


Supervised (managed)Unsupervised (unmanaged)
- Mandatory apps are installed in the background- Mandatory apps are only installed with the user’s permission
- If the user blacklists an installed app, it is hidden (applications iOS 9.3+)- If an app is installed that is on the blacklist, the device is marked as non-compliant (iOS 9.3+ applications)
- App notifications
- VPN always active
- Global HTTP-Proxy
- Web content filtering
- Managed web domains for autofill of passwords on Safari
- Wallpaper
- Lock Screen Message
- Home Screen Layout
- Kiosk mode
- and much more*

*All detailed restrictions, which are only applied on supervised devices, we will be happy to inform you about in a non-binding consultation.


How can my devices be put into supervised mode?

Apple devices can be manually put into supervised mode via the Apple Configurator. A Mac or Macbook is required for this configuration. The disadvantage: The Apple Configurator requires a physical USB connection. Each time a device needs to be updated, reconfigured or issued to a new user, it must be connected to the computer. Can this be done more easily?

Of course. A mobile device management (MDM) like MobiVisor can do everything the Apple Configurator can do - and much more. The biggest difference is the ability to perform all commands and configurations remotely. This makes management much more time and cost efficient. Especially with a large number of devices, management without MDM is virtually impossible.


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Apple's Supervised Mode provides a solid foundation for the protection of mobile devices that are now used in almost every company, whether it's a nursing service, publishing house or restaurant. However, device configuration can become a challenge, especially for mid-sized companies that are increasingly faced with the need for global digitalisation. We at IOTIQ can help you to master this challenge.

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