Stop managing mobile devices for your organization

This article is for admins. To learn how to manage your work account on your mobile device, go here instead.

If you decide not to manage mobile devices, you can turn off mobile management. With a separate setting, you can also prevent users from synchronizing work data to their mobile device.

If you want to turn off password requirements for mobile devices without turning off mobile management, go here instead.

Understand the impact of turning off mobile management

If you turn off mobile management and prevent devices from syncing work data:

  • Users can't use their work accounts to sign in to apps on their mobile devices. They can still sign in to web versions of Gmail and other services through a browser app.

If you turn off mobile management, but still allow devices to sync work data:

  • You can’t wipe work data from a device if it’s lost or stolen.
  • You can’t apply policies or manage devices from the Google Admin console.
  • You can still see devices that were previously managed in the Admin console.
  • (G Suite only) New devices are listed if they sync data using Google Sync.
  • We can't ask users to verify their identity on a managed mobile device when we detect a suspicious sign-in attempt. However, we might use other mobile device challenges. For details, see Verify a user’s identity with extra security.

Turn off management (not recommended)

You can turn off mobile management for all mobile devices in your organization or only for certain device types. If you turn off management, we recommend that you also prevent devices from syncing work data. 

Before you begin: To apply the setting for certain users, put their accounts in an organizational unit.

  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 Devices.

    If you don't see Devices on the Home page, at the bottom, click More controls.

  3. On the left, click Setup.
  4. Click Mobile Management.
  5. To apply the setting to everyone, leave the top organizational unit selected. Otherwise, select a child organizational unit.
  6. Choose an option:
    • To turn off management for all mobile devices, next to Enable Mobile Management, click Turn off Turn off.
    • To turn it off only for certain device types, select Custom. Then, for the devices you don’t want to manage, select Unmanaged.
  7. Click Save. If you configured a child organizational unit, you might be able to Inherit or Override a parent organizational unit's settings.
  8. (Recommended) Prevent devices from syncing work data.

Prevent devices from syncing work data

You can prevent all mobile devices in your organization or only certain device types from syncing work data. 

  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 Devices.

    If you don't see Devices on the Home page, at the bottom, click More controls.

  3. On the left, click Setup.
  4. Click Sync on mobile.
  5. Uncheck the boxes for the devices you want to prevent from syncing work data:
    • To prevent Android devices from syncing work data, uncheck the Android Sync box. 
    • To prevent Apple® iOS® devices from syncing work data, uncheck the iOS Sync box. 
    • (G Suite only) To prevent Google Sync devices (such as Microsoft® Windows Phone®, iOS, and BlackBerry®)  from syncing work data, uncheck the Google Sync box.
  6. Click Save.
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