Android device profiles ensure proper use of devices, protection of sensitive data, and workplace functionality. Profiles serve many different purposes, from letting you enforce corporate rules and procedures to tailoring and preparing Android devices for how they are used.
The individual settings you configure, such as passcodes, Wi-Fi, VPN, and email, are called payloads. When creating profiles, consider configuring one payload per profile, which means you can have multiple profiles for the different settings you want to push to devices. For example, you can create a profile to integrate with your email server and another to connect devices to your workplace Wi-Fi network.
It is important to note that if two profiles are applied with conflicting restrictions, then the device will implement the most restrictive setting.
Device Profiles and Container Profiles
You can create profiles for two types of Android devices. The first is for devices, and applies to all Android devices. The second is for containers, and applies to Samsung Knox enabled devices. This section only covers device profiles.
When you apply a device profile to a Samsung Knox enabled device, it will take effect but apply to the entire device – not just the container – by default.
Some device profiles configure the settings for accessing an Android device. Use these profiles to ensure that access to a device is limited only to authorized users.
Some examples of device access profiles include:
- Secure a device with a Passcode profile. For more information, see Device Passcode Profile (Android).
- Specify and control how, when and where your employees use their devices. For more information, see Enforce Device Restrictions (Android).
Ensure that your Android devices remain secure through device profiles. These profiles configure the native Android security features or configure corporate security settings on a device through AirWatch.
- Access internal resources such as email, files, and content. For more information, see Create a VPN Profile (Android).
Take administrative actions when a user installs or uninstalls certain applications. For more information, see Application Control Profile (Android).
Configure the various settings of your Android devices with the configuration profiles. These profiles configure the device settings to meet your business needs.