Control what devices can access your data

If you have the legacy free edition of G Suite, upgrade to G Suite Basic to get this feature. 

As an administrator, you can choose to approve devices to activate them for mobile management. You can also block a synchronizing corporate device. Normally, devices are automatically ready after users set them up. If you choose to approve them, the devices don’t activate until you specify approval.

Note: You don’t need to approve company-owned devices that are registered by serial number. They’re approved automatically.

Before you begin

To approve mobile devices for management, you need to:

Approve a device

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Device management.

    To see Device management, you might have to click More controls at the bottom.

  3. Click Device approvals
  4. Locate the device you want to approve and check the box next to its Device ID.

    You can approve multiple devices by checking additional boxes.

  5. Click Approve.

iOS devices—If you set up your network to allow Wi-Fi access, that access is available after enrollment, while approval is pending. After you approve devices, users will also have access to corporate apps

(G Suite only) Google Sync devices—When device approval is pending, users get an error if they try to synchronize the device to G Suite. They also receive an email notification about the pending activation state. If you have specified an email address to receive notifications for new device activations, you'll receive an email shortly after the device registers with details of the device to be activated. In some cases, you might receive duplicate email notifications of a pending device activation. However, you only need to approve the device once.

Block a device

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Device management.

    To see Device management, you might have to click More controls at the bottom.

  3. Click Device approvals.
  4. Check the box for the device ID and click Block.

 

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