5 Replies Latest reply: Sep 23, 2013 7:03 PM by William Lloyd
Mel7713 Level 1 (0 points)

I am an employer wanting to set up and control 5 employees - all currently using iPhones but soon to be using iPads as well. Can I use one Business Apple ID and control Users Apps? How do I do this?

iPhone 4S
  • macaulaycauliflower Level 2 (265 points)

    you might want to look into something called configurator: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/apple-configurator/id434433123?mt=12

  • William Lloyd Level 7 (21,040 points)

    Or, if the devices aren't regularly "checked in" with the computer running Apple Configurator, then Profile Manager may make sense as it can remotely manage machines over the air:



  • t_penn Level 1 (0 points)

    Will Profile Manager allow you to control the new Activation Feature in iOS 7? We have a deployment of a couple hundred iOS devices but do not run any type of MDM solution. Basically the phones are deployed for phone calls and e-mail access. Any app purchases are up to the employee. Now that the device will be registered to the user's AppleID, I can no longer wipe a device and redeploy it without knowing what the AppleID credentials are from the previous user. The previous user may no longer even be with the company.


  • imobl Level 5 (6,127 points)

    A workaround is to institute a policy that the cost of 'lost' or locked

    iPhones are deducted from the employee's last paycheck. Consult

    with your legal department and human resources for wording. A company

    I am familiar with experienced a large drop in the number of employee devices

    and garments being reported lost when the cost was deducted from paychecks.


    Include a step in the exit interview (employee turns in ID, company

    issued uniforms or safety gear, etc.) that has the employee clear any

    security he/she has set on the iPhone/iPad.


    If not legal in your country or there is no pay lag at your company, you

    will have to wait for Apple to come up with a solution.

  • William Lloyd Level 7 (21,040 points)

    There is no way around Activation Lock *except* on devices managed by Apple Configurator.


    If employees turn in phones but refuse to disassociate the Apple ID from their iCloud account, they will be unusable.  You'll need an HR policy to deal with this, as there is no technical solution.