Set up advanced mobile device management

Step 2: Set up device approvals (optional)

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

If you want an administrator to individually review and approve each mobile device that requests access to your organization's data, set up device approvals. When a user enrolls their device for management, they see a message that enrollment is pending until an administrator activates their device. Once a device is approved, the user can synchronize their corporate data.

If you don’t turn this setting on, devices can sync corporate data as soon as they enroll for management.

Note: You don’t need to review and approve company-owned devices that are added by an administrator. They activate automatically.

Turn on admin approval for device activation

  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. On the left, click Setup.
  4. Click Device Activation.
  5. (Optional) To customize device approvals across organizational units, on the left, select an organization.
  6. Check the Require admin approval for device activation box.  
  7. (Optional) Enter an email address to get notifications when users enroll their devices.
    Tip: Instead of an individual email address, use a group email address that includes all administrators who can activate devices. 
  8. Click Save

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Approve mobile devices for management

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