Create an APNs certificate for iOS devices

To manage iOS devices like iPad and iPhones, you need to create an Apple Push Notification service (APNs) certificate.

  1. Sign in to Microsoft Azure with your global admin account.

  2. Go to Configure MDM Push Certificate.

  3. Select I agree to authorize Microsoft to communicate with Apple.

  4. Select Download your CSR and save the certificate signing request to a location on your computer that you'll remember.

  5. Select Create your MDM push certificate to open the Apple Push Certificates Portal.

    a. Sign in with an Apple ID.


    Use a company Apple ID associated with an email account that will remain with your organization even if the user who manages the account leaves. Save this ID because you'll need to use the same ID when it's time to renew the certificate.

    b. Select Create a Certificate and accept the Terms of Use.

    c. Browse to the certificate signing request that you downloaded to your computer from Microsoft 365 and then select Upload.

    d. Download the APNs certificate created by the Apple Push Certificate Portal to your computer.


    If you're having trouble downloading the certificate, refresh your browser.

  6. Go back to Microsoft Azure and browse to the APNs certificate that you downloaded from the Apple Push Certificates Portal.

  7. Select Upload.

To complete setup, go back to Basic Mobility and Security.