Predeclare devices with IMEI or iOS serial numbers

Applies to: System Center Configuration Manager (Current Branch)

You can identify corporate-owned devices by importing their international station mobile equipment identity (IMEI) numbers or iOS serial numbers. You can upload a comma-separated values (.csv) file containing device IMEI numbers or you can manually enter device information. Imported information will set Ownership of the devices that enroll as Corporate in lists of devices. An Intune license is still required for each user that accesses the service.

When you upload serial numbers for company-owned iOS devices, they must be paired with a corporate enrollment profile. Devices must then be enrolled using either Appleā€™s device enrollment program (DEP) or Apple Configurator to have them appear as company-owned.


Android devices, excluding Samsung Knox Standard devices, must have a phone number assigned to them to predeclare and enroll as a company-owned device with an IMEI number.

How to predeclare corporate-owned devices

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, go to Assets and Compliance > Overview > All Corporate-owned devices > Predeclared devices.

  2. Click Create Predeclared Devices. The Create Predeclared Devices wizard opens.

  3. Choose how you want to add device information:

    • Upload a CSV file containing IMEI or serial numbers and details

      For this option, click Browse to specify the .csv file containing information to predeclare corporate-owned devices. The .csv file must be formatted correctly. For more information, see Format for uploading .csv files.

    • Manually add IMEI or serial numbers and details

      To manually enter information, type the IMEI number or iOS serial number and details for the devices. Correct any error or warnings before continuing.

    Click Next.

  4. If you uploaded a .csv file, review the results of the file import. If a device number was previously imported, Configuration Manager displays those devices and the replacement Details. Select the devices whose details you want to overwrite. Device details can only be modified by reimporting the device identification or serial number.

    If you chose to manually enter number, complete the form for the devices you want to predeclare.

    Click Next to continue.

  5. If your list includes iOS serial numbers, select the Enrollment Profile to Assign from the list of available profiles, and then click Next.

  6. Click Next to review the details, and then click Next again to upload the data.

  7. Click Close to finish.

Format for uploading .csv files

The .csv file you use to identify devices by IMEI or iOS serial number must have the following format, excluding the top row which is provided for guidance only. Each row must contain an ID number, either an IMEI number or an iOS serial number. For iOS devices, you can include both. IMEI numbers can be used for Android, iOS, and Windows devices. This table contains sample data:

IMEI # iOS Serial # OS Details
123456789012345 WINDOWS Company-owned Windows device
A1B2C3D4E5C6 IOS Company-owned iOS device
223456789012345 E6D5C4B3A210 IOS Another iOS device
323456789012345 IOS A third iOS device
123456789012346 ANDROID Company-owned Android device

Do not include a header row in your .csv file. The following example shows the same sample data in CSV format:

123456789012345,,WINDOWS,Company-owned Windows device
,A1B2C3D4E5C6,IOS,Company-owned iOS device
223456789012345,E6D5C4B3A210,IOS,Another iOS device
323456789012345,,IOS,A third iOS device
123456789012346,,ANDROID,Company-owned Android device

The columns in the .csv file accept the following values:

Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4
IMEI number without spaces iOS serial number IOS, WINDOWS, or ANDROID Optional device details (1024 character limit)