Prepare an iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV manually in Apple Configurator
You can quickly manage every aspect of device configuration and prepare devices manually using the Prepare Assistant. For example:
Add devices to Apple School Manager, Apple Business Manager, or Apple Business Essentials. Adding iPhone and iPad devices requires iOS 11 or later, and adding Apple TV devices requires tvOS 11 or later and Ethernet.
Supervise devices and assign them to an organization.
Enable Shared iPad.
Enroll devices with a mobile device management (MDM) solution.
Control which Setup Assistant panes the users see and interact with.
WARNING: Preparing devices may take a few minutes. If you try to cancel or stop the process, Apple Configurator takes the time necessary to safely terminate all operations. Don’t shut down the Mac running Apple Configurator while it’s preparing devices—doing so could damage the devices.
Manually add devices to Apple School Manager, Apple Business Manager, or Apple Business Essentials
You can add the following devices to Apple School Manager, Apple Business Manager, or Apple Business Essentials using Apple Configurator for Mac, even if they weren’t purchased directly from Apple or from an Apple Authorized Reseller or cellular carrier:
After you’ve set up the device or devices, they behave like any other device already in Apple School Manager, Apple Business Manager, or Apple Business Essentials, with mandatory supervision and mobile device management (MDM) enrollment. The device can then be shut down and stored until needed or sent to the user.
If the device is given to a user, they have a 30-day provisional period to release the device from Apple School Manager, Apple Business Manager, or Apple Business Essentials, supervision, and MDM. This 30-day provisional period begins after the device is successfully assigned to and enrolled in:
A third-party MDM server linked to Apple School Manager, Apple Business Manager, or Apple Business Essentials.
The device management that’s built in to Apple Business Essentials.
There are two ways to add devices to Apple School Manager, Apple Business Manager, or Apple Business Essentials:
Do select the option “Activate and complete enrollment”: Select this option if you have an existing device that already has a record in, and is managed by, your MDM solution. This can include managing all the Setup Assistant steps so that the user gets a device that’s ready to use.
Don’t select the option “Activate and complete enrollment”: You have a new or existing device that requires unique user authentication to enroll in MDM. The device is left at the Setup Assistant, and the user completes the enrollment.
Prepare devices or add prepare steps to Blueprints
In Apple Configurator , select one or more devices you want to prepare or Blueprints, then do one of the following:
Click the Prepare button in the toolbar.
Choose Actions > Prepare.
Control-click the selected devices or Blueprints, and choose Prepare.
The Prepare Assistant appears.
Select Manual Configuration, then choose any of the following options:
Add the devices to Apple School Manager, Apple Business Manager, or Apple Business Essentials, and choose whether to activate the device and complete the enrollment.
Designate an iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV device as a supervised device.
When a device is supervised, you’re granted ongoing control over its configuration, and you can reapply that configuration at any time just by reconnecting the device to the Mac with Apple Configurator installed.
Some payloads and restrictions are available only for supervised devices. For information about supervised-only restrictions, see MDM restrictions for supervised Apple devices in Apple Platform Deployment.
Allow devices to pair with other computers: Select this option if you want users to use a USB cable to sync with a Mac or PC.
Note: Changing this restriction later requires you to erase, prepare, and supervise the devices again.
Enable Shared iPad: Select this option if you want users to use Shared iPad.
See Shared iPad overview in Apple Platform Deployment.
When you have made your selections, click Next. Follow the Help buttons if you need further clarification.
If you don’t want to enroll with an MDM solution, select Do not enroll in MDM, then click Next and skip step 5.
Select an existing MDM solution that was set up in Apple Configurator settings, or select New Server, then click Next, and create a new connection with the following:
Name: A description for the server, which may be based on location, grade level, or something easy for you to remember.
Enrollment URL: The fully qualified domain name (FQDN) or IP address of your MDM solution. Apple Configurator then attempts to ask the MDM solution for the full enrollment URL.
If the default FQDN or IP address doesn’t return the correct information, consult your MDM vendor.
When you’re done, click Next.
If necessary, enter a Managed Apple ID and password from Apple School Manager, Apple Business Manager, or Apple Business Essentials and click Next to authenticate, or click Skip.
Choose your organization information.
If you selected Supervision, you must select an existing organization or enter new information about your organization (only the name field is required). See:
Important: After you prepare supervised devices with a supervision identity, changing that identity later requires that you erase, prepare, and supervise the devices again. The actual name of the supervision identity often isn’t critical, but you need to standardize on the use of that identity for all instances of mobile device management (MDM) and Apple Configurator.
When you’re done, click Next.
Select which panes of Setup Assistant to skip, then click Next.
For information on each Setup Assistant pane, see Manage Setup Assistant for Apple devices in Apple Platform Deployment.
Click Choose, then select a configuration profile with a Wi-Fi payload.
Note: An internet connection is required, either through a Wi-Fi internet connection or a connection through USB using Internet Sharing from a Mac.
Choose Window > View Activity to follow the progress as Apple Configurator prepares the devices.