Enroll a macOS device

Apple devices must be enrolled in Device Management for Apple before you can apply Configuration Profiles or send commands to them.

When you manually enroll devices, you enable the Enrollment Helper for macOS devices and end users are prompted to install the DMA profile on their devices.

Enrollment of Virtual Machines (VMs) in Device Management for Apple is not tested or supported.

If the Enrollment Helper is disabled, use this task to enroll specific macOS devices.

Enable Enrollment Helper to prompt end users to enroll their device

  1. In the left-hand navigation menu, click Views > All Devices.

  2. Click the checkbox next to the device(s).

  3. From the top menu, click Device Management for Apple > Enrollment HelperEnable.

  4. Click Enable.

End user actions to enroll their device

When end-users are prompted to enroll their device, they complete the following steps:

  1. In the Enrollment dialog, select Continue to enroll your device, or opt to install the enrollment profile at a more convenient time by selecting Later.

    When you select Continue, an explanation of the next required steps display.

  2. Enter an administrative password when prompted to authorize changes.

    macOS only supports one mobile device management MDM solution per device. If we detect a third-party MDM profile on the device, our MDM profile does not install, and N-central indicates the discovery of another MDM on the device. You must remove the existing MDM profile from the device.

    After the device authenticates with the Device Management for Apple server, we return a successful enrollment message on the computer and in the device Summary tab in N-central.

    After the device is enrolled, the end user no longer receives security or permission notifications for our products, except for Screen Recording for Take Control, which Apple does not allow to be approved using any MDM solution.

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Updated: Mar 26, 2024