Device Groups

Device Grouping is a exceptionally useful functional feature that can be used to group devices that belong to same organizational unit or classroom. Device Groups give you the following features,

  • Group devices of Android & iOS types.
  • Reboot all devices in the group.
  • Refresh all devices in group which will reapply all the policies on the device.
  • Set or Change Profiles on all your devices.
  • Create & Assign Group Administrators.

This tutorial focuses on the iOS aspects of Device Groups.

Video Guide:

Please watch the video below that captures the features of a Device Group.

Create a Device Group

  1. Log in to MobiLock Dashboard.
  2. To create a new Device Group, navigate to Device Management > Device Groups click on CREATE NEW GROUP.
  3. Enter a Name for your group. Click on SUBMIT.
  4. You will be shown a page with the following options,
    1. SELECT DEVICES - Only the devices that don’t belong to any group will be shown. Select the devices that you want to add and Click NEXT.
    2. CHOOSE ANDROID DEVICE PROFILE - Select a default device profile for all your Android devices. Select the device profile that you want to apply and Click NEXT.
    3. CHOOSE APPLE DEVICE PROFILE - Select a default device profile for all your iOS devices. Select the device profile that you want to apply and Click NEXT.
    4. ADD ADMIN - You can choose Group Administrators for the newly created Group.  
  5. Click CREATE DEVICE GROUP to create the device group.
  6. Once the Group is created, it will be displayed under the Device Groups section.
  7. You have the option to see a Compact View or a Detailed View.

Adding Devices to a existing Device Group

  1. You can add devices to an existing group. To do this navigate to Device Management > Device Groups.
  2. From the list of groups, click on View Details on the Group where you want to add devices.
  3. Scroll down on the page and click on ADD NEW.
  4. This will open up a dialog that displays all the devices that are not associated with any Groups so far. Select the Devices that you want to add and click on ADD.

Removing a Device from a Group

  1. To Remove a device from a group, navigate to Device Management > Device Groups.
  2. From the list of groups, click on View Details on the Group where you want to remove device.
  3. Click on the Bin icon next to the device to remove the device from this group.
  4. Note that removing a device does not remove the last applied policy on the device. The device is still Locked so that you can safely move it to a different group without the device having to be Unlocked.

Changing the Device Profile of a Device Group

You can use this feature to change the Device Profile on all your devices in the group at one shot. To do this follow the below steps,

  1. Navigate to Device Management > Device Groups.
  2. From the list of groups, click on View Details on the Group where you want to change profile.
  3. Click on APPLE button on the right side.
  4. Click on CHANGE.
  5. You would see a dialog that shows all the iOS Device Profiles that are created till now. Select the Profile that you want to apply, click on Apply.
  6. You would be shown a preview on how the new Profile will look with options to APPLY or CANCEL.
  7. To confirm the change, click on APPLY.
  8. All the devices in this group will be sent a push to update to the new settings.

Device Group Level Options

MobiLock offers group level actions that can be used to perform quick actions across the devices in the group. These are,

  1. Set Install Window - Not Applicable to iOS devices.
  2. Rename Device Group - Change the name of the group.
  3. Delete the Device Group - Delete the device group. All devices will retain their last iOS Profile and will still be in Locked state.
  4. Reboot devices - Sends a Reboot push to all devices in group.
  5. Refresh devices - Sends a push to all devices enforcing all the current policies that should be there on the device.

Please watch the video below that captures the features of a Device Group.


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