Turn mobile management off

If you decide not to manage mobile devices, you can turn mobile management off. You can also prevent devices from synchronizing corporate data to their mobile device.

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

  • You can’t wipe corporate 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.
  • Users cannot be asked to verify their identity on a managed mobile device if 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 management off (not recommended)

You can turn mobile management off for all mobile devices in your organization or only for certain device types. If you turn management off, it’s recommended that you prevent devices from syncing corporate 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 Device management.

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

  3. On the left, click Setup.
  4. Click Mobile Management.
  5. (Optional) On the left, select an organization.
  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.
  8. (Recommended) Prevent devices from syncing corporate data.

Prevent devices from syncing corporate data

You can prevent all mobile devices in your organization or only certain device types from syncing corporate 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 Device management.

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

  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 corporate data, uncheck the Android Sync box. 
    • To prevent Apple® iOS® devices from syncing corporate data, uncheck the iOS Sync box. 
    • (G Suite only)  To prevent Google Sync devices (such as Microsoft® Windows Phone®, iOS, and BlackBerry®)  from syncing corporate data, uncheck the Google Sync box.
  6. Click Save.
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