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 are 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, and also create a baseline or standard for iOS in your organization.

This article shows you how to create a custom profile for iOS devices. It also provides some guidance on using Apple Configurator and Apple Profile Manager.

Before you begin

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

Create the profile

  1. In the Azure portal, select All services, filter on Intune, and select Microsoft Intune.

  2. Select Device configuration > Profiles > Create profile.

  3. Enter the following settings:

    • Name: Enter a name for the profile, such as ios custom profile.
    • Description: Enter a description for the profile.
    • Platform: Choose iOS.
    • Profile type: Choose Custom.
  4. In Custom configuration, enter the following 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.
  5. Select OK > Create to create the Intune profile. When complete, your profile is shown in the Device configuration - 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.