Managing iCloud settings for Apple device deployments
With iCloud, users can store personal content such as contacts, calendars, documents and photos, and keep them up to date across multiple Apple devices. iCloud secures content by encrypting it when it’s sent over the Internet, storing it in an encrypted format and using secure tokens for authentication. iCloud also includes Find My, which locates a lost or stolen iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple Watch.
iPhone and iPad use iCloud Backup to back up information — including device settings, app data and iMessages — daily over Wi-Fi. iCloud Backup works only when the device is locked, is connected to a power source and has Wi-Fi access to the Internet.
With your mobile device management (MDM) solution, you can keep managed apps from being backed up to iCloud, which protects the user’s personal data and prevents your organisation’s information from being stored in iCloud. Also, enterprise in-house apps and information from any of your organisation’s accounts, such as your organisation’s email, calendar and contacts, isn’t backed up to iCloud.
Some services — such as iCloud Photos, iCloud Keychain and iCloud Drive — can be disabled on devices through restrictions entered manually on the devices or set by configuration profiles.
Note: Some iCloud features require a Wi-Fi connection. Some features aren’t available in all countries or regions. Access to some services is limited to ten devices with the same iCloud account.