What are shared iOS and iPadOS devices?

Shared devices are organization-owned multi-user devices. These devices can be special-purpose or multi-purpose as needed in each environment. Shared devices enable front-line workers in healthcare, hospitality, retail, manufacturing, and other industries to access critical applications and tools essential to their role in the organization. In education, shared devices are used as learning aids or test-taking devices in classrooms.

Shared device solutions on iOS and iPadOS

Microsoft Endpoint Manager supports two types of shared device solutions for iOS and iPadOS:

Important considerations when choosing a shared device solution for iOS and iPadOS

The following table captures the key differences between the two available shared devices solutions on iOS/iPadOS. Review this to select the most appropriate iOS/iPadOS shared device strategy for your organization.

Consideration Shared iPad Shared Device Mode
Supported device types iPad iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
Minimum device requirements iPadOS 13.4 or later with at least 32 GB of storage. iOS 13 or later, iPadOS 13 or later
AAD federation with Apple Business or School Manager Required. This enables users to sign in using their AAD username and password. Not required
Managed Apple ID AAD federation automatically creates Managed Apple ID when user signs in on Shared iPad for the first time.

If AAD federation is not set up, Managed Apple IDs can be created manually in Apple Business or School Manager and shared with users for signing in.

Not required
Device provisioning Shared iPad can be enabled on iPads enrolled using Automated Device Enrollment without user affinity. Shared Device Mode can be configured on devices enrolling using Automated Device Enrollment without user affinity. For more information, see Use Intune to enable shared device mode & SSO extension.
Temporary session without signing in Temporary sessions that do not require a Managed Apple ID or password are allowed by default. Temporary sessions can be allowed or blocked by Intune policy. For more information, see Shared iPad. Not applicable
Supported app types Device-licensed purchased or custom apps (VPP), line-of-business apps, web apps. Apps that have been modified to support Shared Device Mode including MSAL integration. For more information, see Modify your iOS application to support shared device mode.
Policy and app assignment Device-assigned required apps and policies are supported. The same apps and policies apply to any user signing in on a Shared iPad. Device-assigned required apps and policies are supported.
Unsupported scenarios Conditional Access
App Protection Policies
Intune Company Portal app
Available apps
User-assigned policies and apps
Conditional Access
App Protection Policies
Intune Company Portal app
Available apps
Apps that don’t support Shared Device Mode
User-assigned policies and apps

Shared iPad is the recommended shared device solution for Microsoft 365 on iPadOS. If you are planning your organization’s shared device strategy, it is highly recommended that you choose iPadOS devices that meet the minimum requirements for Shared iPad (see section above). If your organization’s shared device strategy requires cellphone capabilities or includes iOS devices, Shared Device Mode is the recommended shared device solution on iOS. Review the differences between Shared iPad and Shared Device Mode to ensure that the recommendations above will fit your organization’s needs.

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