A restriction profile can be customized to control what applications, hardware, and functionality your end users can access. Use these restrictions to enhance productivity, protect end users and devices, and separate personal and corporate data.

To create a restriction profile, see Enforce Device Restrictions.

The restrictions detailed below are a representative, but not exhaustive, list of options.

Device Functionality Restrictions

Device-level restrictions can disable core device functionality such as the camera, FaceTime, Siri, and in-app purchases to help improve productivity and security. Available restrictions include:

  • Restrict end users from modifying device Bluetooth settings. (iOS 10+)
  • Prohibit device screen captures to protect the corporate content on the device.
  • Disable Siri when the device is locked to prevent access to email, phone, and notes without the secure passcode. (iOS 7+)

    By default, end users can hold down the Home button to use Siri even when a device is locked. This feature can allow unauthorized users to gain access to sensitive information and perform actions on a device they do not own. If your organization has strict security requirements, consider deploying a Restrictions profile that restricts the use of Siri while a device is locked.

  • Prevent automatic syncing while roaming to reduce data charges.

Featured iOS 8 Device Restrictions

  • Disable Handoff, which can be used to start an activity on one device, locate other devices and resume activities on shared apps.
  • Disable Internet search results in Spotlight. This restriction prevents suggested Web sites from appearing when searching using Spotlight. (iOS 8+ supervised)
  • Disable configuration of the Restrictions setting. This permission allows administrators to override configuration of personal restrictions through the device’s Settings menu. (iOS 8 + supervised)
  • Prevent the end user from erasing all content and settings on the device. This restriction prevents users from wiping and unenrolling the device. (iOS 8+ supervised)
  • Disable local data storage by backing up managed apps with iCloud.
  • Disable backup of enterprise books with iCloud.
  • Prevent users from syncing notes and highlights in enterprise books with iCloud.
  • Disable adding or removing existing Touch ID information (iOS 8.1.3 + supervised)
  • Disable Podcasts.This restriction prevents access to Apple's podcasts application. (Supervised only)

Featured iOS 9 Restrictions

  • Disable passcode modification, which prevents a device passcode from being added, changed or removed. (Supervised only)
  • Hide the App Store. This restriction disables the App Store and removes the icon from the Home Screen. End users can still use MDM to install or update their apps, giving full application control to the administrator. (Supervised only)
  • Disable automatic app download. This restriction prevents apps purchased on other devices from automatically syncing. This restriction does not affect updates to existing apps. (Supervised only)
  • Disable device name modification. This restriction prevents end users from changing the device name. Consider this restriction for shared and staged device deployments.(Supervised only)
  • Disable wallpaper modification. This restriction prevents the user from changing the device wallpaper. (Supervised only)
  • Disable AirDrop as an unmanaged drop destination, which prevents users from sending enterprise data or attachments from a managed application to AirDrop. This restriction also requires the restriction for Apple’s managed open in feature.
  • Disable keyboard shortcuts to prevent users from creating and using keyboard shortcuts. (Supervised only)
  • Disable News to prevent access to Apple's News application. (Supervised only)
  • Disable iCloud Photo Library. This restriction prevents photos that are not fully downloaded from the library from being stored locally.
  • Disable trust of external enterprise apps, which prevents end users from installing any untrusted enterprise-signed, unmanaged apps. Managed in-house enterprise apps are implicitly trusted.
  • Disable video recording by restricting screen capture to prevent end users from capturing the device display.
  • Disable Music service, which restricts the Music app from installing. (8.3.3+, Supervised only)

Featured iOS 9.3 Restrictions

  • Disable iTunes Radio service, which restricts iTunes Radio from installing. If Apple Music is not restricted, the Radio service shows in the Apple Music app. (Supervised only)

Featured watchOS Restrictions

  • Disable Apple Watch pairing, which unpairs and erases any currently paired Apple Watch (iOS 9+ Supervised).
  • Enforce Wrist Detection, which locks an Apple Watch when not being worn.

Application-Level Restrictions

Application-level restrictions disable certain applications such as YouTube, iTunes, and Safari, or some of their features, to enforce corporate use policies. Available restrictions include:

  • Disable Autofill to ensure that sensitive information does not automatically appear on certain forms.
  • Enable the Force Fraud Warning feature to force Safari to display a warning when end users visit suspected phishing Web sites.
  • Control cookie acceptance in Safari. You can set Safari to not accept any cookies or to accept cookies only from specific sites.
  • Forbid access to the Game Center and multiplayer gaming to enforce corporate policies for device use while at work.
  • Enable or disable individual native and other applications by adding them to whitelists or blacklists. This restriction allows you to show or hide applications as needed. (iOS 9.3+ Supervised only)
    • Whitelist webclips by adding the webclip to the com.apple.webapp list.

iCloud Restrictions

For devices running iOS 7 and higher, end users can store, back up or sync data on their devices to the iCloud, a collection of Apple servers. This data includes photos, videos, device settings, app data, messages, documents, and more. To align with your business needs, AirWatch provides restrictions for iOS 7 and higher devices that can disable iCloud or iCloud functionality if needed.

Exchange ActiveSync content (Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Tasks) and any mobile provision profiles are not synchronized to an end user's iCloud.

Administrative Requirement


Setting Disabled on Device

Restrict iCloud Configuration (device functionality restriction)

Restrict the ability to sign into and configure iCloud settings

Allow Account Modification

(requires Supervision)

Disables iCloud option under device Settings (iOS 7+ Supervised)

This restriction also prevents modification of other accounts such as email within device settings.

iCloud Management (granular iCloud restrictions)

Prevent users from backing up data to iCloud

Allow backup

Turns off the "Backup" option under iCloud settings (iOS 7)

Prevent users from storing documents and data to iCloud Drive

Allow document sync

Removes "iCloud Drive" option under iCloud settings (iOS 7)

Prevent users from keeping password and credit card information in iCloud Allow keychain sync

Removes "Keychain" option under iCloud Settings (iOS 7)

Prevent users of managed applications from storing documents to iCloud Allow managed apps to store data Disables managed applications from storing documents within iCloud drive (iOS 8)
Prevent users from backing up Enterprise books to iCloud Allow backing up Enterprise books Disables managed books from being backed up through iCloud or iTunes (iOS 8)
Prevent syncing of enterprise books, notes, highlights Allow synchronizing Enterprise Books notes and highlights Disables notes and highlights for Enterprise books within iBooks (iOS 8)
Prevent users from syncing photos to iCloud Allow Photo Stream and Allow Shared Photo Stream Remove the "Photos" option under iCloud Settings (iOS 7)
Prevent automatically uploading new photos and sending them to iCloud devices Allow Shared Photo Stream Disables "My Photo Stream" in "Photos" under iCloud Settings (iOS 7)

iCloud backups only take place when:

  • No restriction exists on iCloud backup.
  • The iCloud toggle setting is enabled in Settings > iCloud > Backup on the device.
  • Wi-Fi is enabled.
  • The device is connected to a power source and locked.

Security and Privacy Restrictions

Security and privacy-based restrictions prohibit end users from performing certain actions that might violate corporate policy or otherwise compromise their device. Available restrictions include:

  • Prevent diagnostic data, which includes location information and usage data, being sent to Apple to help improve the iOS software.
  • Prevent end users from accepting untrusted TLS certificates so they cannot access Web sites with invalid SSL certificates. If you permit untrusted TLS certificates, users are still notified of invalid certificates but can proceed if needed.
  • Force encrypted backups. Encrypted backups ensure all personal information, such as email account passwords or contact information, is encrypted when it is backed up and stored on devices.

Media Content Restrictions

Ratings-based restrictions prevent access to certain content based on its rating, which is managed by region. Available restrictions include:

  • Restrict access to adult or mature content on corporate-owned devices as part of a corporate policy.
  • Prohibit access to apps with a 17+ age restriction during normal business hours.
  • Block access to inappropriate or explicit iBook content on corporate-owned devices.