Profiles are the primary means to manage devices. Configure profiles so your Windows Desktop devices remain secure and configured to your preferred settings.


You can think of profiles as the settings and rules that, when combined with compliance policies, help you enforce corporate rules and procedures. They contain the settings, configurations, and restrictions that you want to enforce on devices.

A profile consists of the general profile settings and a specific payload. Profiles work best when they contain only a single payload. For more information on general profile settings, see Add General Profile Settings.

Windows Desktop profiles apply to a device at either the user level or the device level. When creating Windows Desktop profiles, you select the level the profile applies to. Some profiles can only be applied to the user level or device level.

New & Updated
  • Control when Feature and Quality updates from Windows Updates install on your Windows Desktop devices. AirWatch now supports deferring updates a number of days before installing the updates onto devices. Also included in this enhancement is the ability to create active hours for devices. During these active hours, devices do not restart as part of update installation. For more information, see Configure a Windows Updates Profile (Windows Desktop).
  • Create automatically rotating BitLocker passwords and suspend BitLocker encryption during specified periods with the enhanced Encryption profile. AirWatch now supports creating passwords that automatically rotate after a set period. You can also configure a grace period for old passwords. Included in this enhancement is the ability to suspend BitLocker encryption during scheduled hours. Use this to suspend encryption when you are updating devices and need the restart the device without an end user there to unlock the device. For more information, see Encryption Profile (Windows Desktop).

Device Access

Some device profiles configure the settings for accessing a Windows Desktop device. Use these profiles to ensure that access to a device is limited only to authorized users.

Some examples of device access profiles include:

Device Security

Ensure that your Windows Desktop devices remain secure through device profiles. These profiles configure the native Windows security features or configure corporate security settings on a device through AirWatch.

Some examples of device security profiles include:

Device Configuration

Configure the various settings of your Windows Desktop devices with the configuration profiles. These profiles configure the device settings to meet your business needs.

Some examples of device configuration profiles include: