iOS/iPadOS supervised device security configurations

As part of the iOS/iPadOS security configuration framework, apply the following device compliance settings to mobile users using supervised devices. For more information on each policy setting, see iOS/iPadOS device settings in Microsoft Intune.

When choosing your settings, be sure to review and categorize usage scenarios. Then, configure users following the guidance for the chosen security level. You can adjust the suggested settings based on the needs of your organization. Make sure to have your security team evaluate the threat environment, risk appetite, and impact to usability.

Administrators can incorporate the below configuration levels within their ring deployment methodology for testing and production use by importing the sample iOS/iPadOS Security Configuration Framework JSON templates with Intune's PowerShell scripts.

Supervised basic security (Level 1)

Level 1 is the minimum security configuration for an enterprise mobile device owned by the organization.

The policies in level 1 enforce a reasonable data access level while minimizing the impact to users by:

  • Enforcing password policies.
  • Enabling certain device lock characteristics.
  • Disabling certain device functions (like untrusted certificates).

To simplify the table below, only configured settings are listed. Undocumented device restrictions are not configured.

Device restrictions

Section Setting Value Notes
App Store, Doc Viewing, Gaming Treat AirDrop as an unmanaged destination Yes
Built-in Apps Block Siri while device is locked Yes
Built-in Apps Require Safari fraud warnings Yes
Cloud and Storage Force encrypted backup Yes
Cloud and Storage Block managed apps from storing data in iCloud Yes
Cloud and Storage Block iCloud Keychain sync Yes
Connected Devices Force Apple Watch wrist detection Yes
Connected Devices Block storage of AirPrint credentials in Keychain Yes
Connected Devices Require AirPrint to destinations with trusted certificates Yes
Connected Devices Block iBeacon discovery of AirPrint printers Yes
Connected Devices Block setting up new nearby devices Yes
General Block untrusted TLS certificates Yes
General Block trusting new enterprise app authors Yes
General Allow activation lock Yes
Locked Screen Experience Block Notification Center access in lock screen Yes
Locked Screen Experience Block Today view in lock screen Yes
Password Require a password Yes
Password Block simple passwords Yes
Password Required password type Numeric
Password Minimum password length 6 Organizations may need to update this setting to match their password policy.
Password Number of sign-in failures before wiping the device 10 Organizations may need to update this setting to match their password policy.
Password Maximum minutes after screen lock before password is required 5 Organizations may need to update this setting to match their password policy.
Password Maximum minutes of inactivity until screen locks 5 Organizations may need to update this setting to match their password policy.
Password Block password proximity requests Yes
Password Block password sharing Yes
Password Require Touch ID or Face ID authentication for AutoFill of password or credit card information Yes

Supervised enhanced security (Level 2)

Level 2 is the recommended configuration for supervised devices where users access more sensitive information. These devices are a natural target in enterprises today. These settings don't assume a large staff of highly skilled security personnel. Therefore, they should be accessible to most enterprise organizations. This configuration is applicable to most mobile users accessing work or school data on a device.

This configuration expands upon the configuration in Level 1 by enacting data transfer controls and blocking access to USB devices.

The level 2 settings include all the policy settings recommended for level 1. However, the settings listed below include only those settings that have been added or changed. These settings may have a slightly higher impact to users or to applications. They enforce a level of security more appropriate for risks facing users with access to sensitive information on mobile devices.

Device restrictions

Section Setting Value Notes
App Store, Doc Viewing, Gaming Block viewing corporate documents in unmanaged apps Yes
App Store, Doc Viewing, Gaming Block viewing non-corporate documents in corporate apps Not configured Enabling this device restriction blocks Outlook for iOS’s ability to export contacts. This setting is not recommended if using Outlook for iOS. For more information, see Support Tip: Enabling Outlook iOS Contact Sync with iOS12 MDM Controls.
App Store, Doc Viewing, Gaming Allow managed apps to write contacts to unmanaged contacts accounts Yes This setting is needed to allow Outlook for iOS to export contacts when Block viewing corporate documents in unmanaged apps is set to Yes. For more information, see Support Tip: Enabling Outlook iOS Contact Sync with iOS12 MDM Controls.
App Store, Doc Viewing, Gaming Allow copy/paste to be affected by managed open-in Yes Enabling this setting will block personal accounts within managed Microsoft apps from sharing data to unmanaged apps.
Built-in Apps Block Siri for dictation Yes
Built-in Apps Block Siri for translation Yes
Cloud Storage Block backup of enterprise books Yes
Cloud Storage Block notes and highlights sync for enterprise books Yes
Cloud Storage Block iCloud document and data sync Yes
Connected Devices Block access to USB in Files app Yes
General Block sending diagnostic and usage data to Apple Yes

Supervised high security (Level 3)

Level 3 is the recommended configuration for both:

  • Organizations with large and sophisticated security organizations.
  • Specific users and groups who will be uniquely targeted by adversaries. Such organizations are typically targeted by well-funded and sophisticated adversaries.

This configuration expands upon Level 2 by:

The policy settings enforced in level 3 include all the policy settings recommended for level 2. The settings listed below include only those that have been added or changed. These settings may have significant impact to users or applications. They enforce a level of security more appropriate for risks facing targeted organizations.

Device restrictions

Section Setting Value Notes
App Store, Doc Viewing, Gaming Block App store Yes
App Store, Doc Viewing, Gaming Block playback of explicit music, podcast, and iTunes U Yes
App Store, Doc Viewing, Gaming Block adding Game Center friends Yes
App Store, Doc Viewing, Gaming Block Game Center Yes
App Store, Doc Viewing, Gaming Block multiplayer gaming Yes
App Store, Doc Viewing, Gaming Block access to network drive in Files app Yes
Built-in Apps Block Siri Yes
Built-in Apps Block iTunes store Yes
Built-in Apps Block Find My Friends Yes
Built-in Apps Block user modification to the Find My Friends settings Yes
Built-in Apps Block Safari Autofill Yes
Cloud and Storage Block Handoff Yes
Cloud and Storage Block iCloud backup Yes
Connected Devices Require AirPlay outgoing requests pairing password Yes
Connected Devices Block Apple Watch auto unlock Yes
Connected Devices Block AirDrop Yes
Connected Devices Block pairing with non-Configurator hosts Yes
Connected Devices Block AirPrint Yes
Connected Devices Allow users to boot devices into recovery mode with unpaired devices Not configured
General Block screenshots and screen recording Yes
General Block modification of account settings Yes
General Block use of erase all content and settings Yes
General Block configuration profile changes Yes
General Block removing apps Yes
General Force automatic data and time Yes
General Block VPN creation Yes
General Block modification of eSIM settings Yes
Password Number of sign-in failures before wiping the device 5 Organizations may need to update this setting to match their password policy.
Password Password expiration (days) 365 Organizations may need to update this setting to match their password policy.
Password Prevent reuse of previous passwords 5 Organizations may need to update this setting to match their password policy.
Password Block password AutoFill Yes
Wireless Block voice dialing while device is locked Yes
Wireless Require joining Wi-Fi networks only using configuration profiles Not configured Care should be taken when using this setting as this could affect your ability to connect to the device if the specified Wi-Fi Networks are unavailable or if the setting is configured incorrectly. This could result in a situation where you are locked out of the device and unable to remotely reset the device.

Next steps

Administrators can incorporate the above configuration levels within their ring deployment methodology for testing and production use by importing the sample iOS/iPadOS Security Configuration Framework JSON templates with Intune's PowerShell scripts.