Use custom settings for iOS devices in Microsoft Intune

Using Microsoft Intune, you can add or create custom settings for your iOS devices using "custom profiles". Custom profiles are a feature in Intune. They're designed to add device settings and features that aren't built in to Intune.

When using iOS devices, there are two ways to get custom settings into Intune:

You can use these tools to export settings to a configuration profile. In Intune, you import this file, and then assign the profile to your iOS users and devices. Once assigned, the settings are distributed. They also create a baseline or standard for iOS in your organization.

This article provides some guidance on using Apple Configurator and Apple Profile Manager, and describes the properties you can configure.

Before you begin

Create the profile.

What you need to know

  • When using Apple Configurator to create the configuration profile, be sure the settings you export are compatible with the iOS version on the devices. For information on resolving incompatible settings, search for Configuration Profile Reference and Mobile Device Management Protocol Reference on the Apple Developer website.

  • When using Apple Profile Manager, be sure to:

    • Enable mobile device management in Profile Manager.

    • Add iOS devices in Profile Manager.

    • After you add a device in Profile Manager, go to Under the Library > Devices > select your device > Settings. Enter the general settings for the device.

      Download and save this file. You'll enter this file in the Intune profile.

    • Be sure the settings you export from the Apple Profile Manager are compatible with the iOS version on the devices. For information on resolving incompatible settings, search for Configuration Profile Reference and Mobile Device Management Protocol Reference on the Apple Developer website.

Custom configuration profile settings

  • Custom configuration profile name: Enter a name for the policy. This name is shown on the device, and in the Intune status.

  • Configuration profile file: Browse to the configuration profile you created using the Apple Configurator or Apple Profile Manager. The file you imported is shown in the File contents area.

    You can also add device tokens to your custom configuration files. Device tokens are used to add device-specific information. For example, to show the serial number, enter {{serialnumber}}. On the device, the text shows similar to 123456789ABC which is unique to each device. When entering variables, be sure to use curly brackets {{ }}. App configuration tokens includes a list of variables that can be used. You can also use deviceid or any other device-specific value.

    Note

    Variables aren't validated in the UI, and are case sensitive. As a result, you may see profiles saved with incorrect input. For example, if you enter {{DeviceID}} instead of {{deviceid}}, then the literal string is shown instead of the device’s unique ID. Be sure to enter the correct information.

Select OK > Create to save your changes. The profile is created and shown in the profiles list.

Next steps

The profile is created, but it's not doing anything yet. Next, assign the profile.

See how to create the profile on macOS devices.