mobile device management (MDM)

A type of security software used by an IT department to monitor, manage and secure mobile devices across an organisation. iOS devices with iOS 5 or later, iPadOS devices with iPadOS 13.1 or later, tvOS devices with tvOS 9 or later, and Mac computers with OS X 10.7 or later have a built-in framework that supports mobile device management (MDM). MDM lets you securely and wirelessly configure devices, whether they’re owned by the user or your organisation. MDM includes updating software and device settings, monitoring compliance with organisational policies, and remotely wiping or locking devices. Users can enrol their own devices in MDM, and organisation-owned devices can be enrolled in MDM automatically using Apple School Manager or Apple Business Manager. MDM also enables distribution, management and configuration of apps and books purchased through Apple School Manager, Apple Business Manager or developed in-house.

After devices are enrolled, you can wirelessly distribute, manage and configure apps and books purchased through Apple School Manager, Apple Business Manager, or enterprise apps developed in-house. Users can install apps themselves, or apps can be installed automatically depending on the type of app it is, how it’s assigned and whether the device is supervised.

To learn more about large-scale deployments of Apple devices, see the Deployment Reference for iPhone and iPad and the Deployment Reference for Mac.