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How can I turn off messages on iPad while students are at school

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Dec 3, 2012 10:07 AM

Is there any great way to turn off messages on the ipad without shutting down the ports required to connect to Apple on the firewall? Kids will be kids but teachers are pressing administration for solution. If you shut off messages, I may be mistaken but you can't restrict the kid from turning it back on correct?

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  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (166,980 points)

    If you own/control the iPads that run iOS 6, you can turn off Messages via Apple Configurator or an MDM solution and the students would, to the best of my knowledge, not be able to turn that back on without knowing the Restrictions passcode. For personally owned iPads, the only way to block Messages would be to block the ports at your router. Messages uses port 5222, so if you block that port, that should block the transmission of messages, though the students will still try. For more information on ports, see:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4245

     

    Of course if the student has a cell connection on a personally-owned device, there won't be any way you can block the sending of messages at all.

     

    Regards.

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