Microsoft Entra registered devices

The goal of Microsoft Entra registered - also known as Workplace joined - devices is to provide your users with support for bring your own device (BYOD) or mobile device scenarios. In these scenarios, a user can access your organization's resources using a personal device.

Microsoft Entra registered Description
Definition Registered to Microsoft Entra ID without requiring organizational account to sign in to the device
Primary audience Applicable to all users with the following criteria:
Bring your own device
Mobile devices
Device ownership User or Organization
Operating Systems Windows 10 or newer, iOS, Android, macOS, Ubuntu 20.04/22.04 LTS
Provisioning Windows 10 or newer – Settings
iOS/Android – Company Portal or Microsoft Authenticator app
macOS – Company Portal
Linux - Intune Agent
Device sign in options End-user local credentials
Windows Hello
Biometrics or pattern for other devices
Device management Mobile Device Management (example: Microsoft Intune)
Mobile Application Management
Key capabilities single sign-on (SSO) to cloud resources
Conditional Access when enrolled into Intune
Conditional Access via App protection policy
Enables Phone sign in with Microsoft Authenticator app

Microsoft Entra registered devices

Microsoft Entra registered devices are signed in to using a local account like a Microsoft account on a Windows 10 or newer device. These devices have a Microsoft Entra account for access to organizational resources. Access to resources in the organization can be limited based on that Microsoft Entra account and Conditional Access policies applied to the device identity.

Microsoft Entra Registration isn't the same as device enrollment. If Administrators permit users to enroll their devices, organizations can further control these Microsoft Entra registered devices by enrolling them into Mobile Device Management (MDM) tools like Microsoft Intune. MDM provides a means to enforce organization-required configurations like requiring storage to be encrypted, password complexity, and security software kept updated.

Microsoft Entra registration can be accomplished when accessing a work application for the first time or manually using the Windows 10 or Windows 11 Settings menu.


A user in your organization wants to access your benefits enrollment tool from their home PC. Your organization requires that anyone accesses this tool from an Intune compliant device. The user registers their home PC with Microsoft Entra ID and Enrolls the device in Intune, then the required Intune policies are enforced giving the user access to their resources.

Another user wants to access their organizational email on their personal Android phone that is rooted. Your company requires a compliant device and has an Intune device compliance policy to block any rooted devices. The employee is stopped from accessing organizational resources on this device.