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Device Enrollment Program (DEP)

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The Device Enrollment Program (DEP) is a part of the Apple Deployment Programs (ADP), which help businesses and educational institutions easily deploy and configure iOS and OS X devices.

DEP provides a fast, streamlined way to deploy institutionally owned iOS devices and Mac computers that are purchased directly from Apple or participating Apple Authorized Resellers or carriers. This guide will give you an overview of program features, explain how to enroll, and help you get started.

Program Features

DEP simplifies initial setup by automating mobile device management (MDM) enrollment and supervision of devices during setup, and enabling you to configure the devices without touching them. To further simplify the process, you can skip certain Setup Assistant screens so users can start using their devices right out of the box.

Mandatory and lockable MDM enrollment

Your iOS devices can be preconfigured to require automatic enrollment into MDM. This ensures that devices are configured based on your organization’s requirements, and guarantees that all users get those configurations on their devices. You can also lock users’ devices in MDM for ongoing management.

Wireless supervision

Supervision provides a higher level of device management for institutionally owned iOS devices. It allows additional restrictions, such as turning off iMessage, AirDrop, or Game Center, and it provides additional device configurations and features, such as web content filtering and single-app mode. With DEP, you can wirelessly enable supervision mode on a device as a part of the setup process.

Zero-touch configuration for IT

With DEP, large-scale deployments of iPad, iPhone, and Mac are seamless. Once users activate their devices, you can immediately configure account settings, apps, and access to IT services over the air. There’s no need for staging services, and no need for you to physically access each device to complete the setup.

Streamlined Setup Assistant

DEP makes it even easier for users to set up their own iOS devices and Mac computers. Using an MDM solution to configure your devices, users are guided through the activation process with the built-in Setup Assistant.You can streamline the Setup Assistant even further by specifying that certain screens be skipped.

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