This article is intended for system administrators.
You can start using your supervised devices after your organisation or educational organisation has been set up with Automated Device Enrolment. If you need help adding your MDM server and assigning devices to it, use the Apple Business Manager User Guide or the Apple School Manager User Guide. For more information about how to configure MDM enrolment settings during activation, you might need to contact your MDM supplier or use the Profile Manager User Guide.
Check network requirements
When an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV or Mac enrols in MDM, the device needs to access the following hosts:
After enrolment is complete, MDM uses Apple Push Notifications, which require network access.
Set up a new iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
When you activate a new iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, the iOS activation server provides the device with the URL of the MDM server. When you set up an assigned device, you might see this screen during setup:
To complete setup, your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch must be connected to a network that has access to your MDM server.
Set up an existing iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
Restore an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch from a backup
When you restore from a backup onto the same iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, your supervision state is restored from your backup. If you restore from a backup onto a different iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, your supervision state comes from Apple Business Manager or Apple School Manager.
For example: If you configure a device to be supervised and automatically enrolled in MDM, then restore a backup made when the same device was unsupervised, the device will be unsupervised.
If you haven't yet enrolled in Apple Business Manager or Apple School Manager, find out how to get started with Automated Device Enrolment.