As an administrator, you can keep an inventory of the computers and mobile devices your company owns. The inventory lets you review details such as device type and who the device is assigned to. When you list a device in your company-owned inventory, it's automatically approved to access your organization's data. You can get an email that lists inactive devices.
Note: Company-owned iPhones and iPads are automatically added to the company-owned inventory when you add them in Apple Business Manager or Apple School Manager. You don't need to follow the instructions in this article. Learn more about company-owned iOS device management.
Before you beginOS requirements by device type
Note: If your organization deploys Android devices with zero-touch enrollment or a user assigns ownership to the company during device setup, the devices aren't listed in the company owned inventory unless you add them.
|iPhone and iPad|
- When you add a device to the inventory, you don't assign the device to a user as part of the process. The device is assigned when the user adds their work account to the device.
- You can add a device to the company-owned inventory even if you already gave it to a user. (Android users might get a prompt to factory reset and re-enroll the device.)
- If a computer has only fundamental management, the serial number of the device is not reported and the Admin console doesn’t display the assigned user.
To include company-owned Android devices in the inventory, you must add the device as described on this page.
When you add the device to the company-owned inventory, you get more control options listed in the following table.
|Android device management feature||Device added to company-owned inventory*||Device set up for zero-touch enrollment, not added to inventory||User assigns ownership, not added to inventory|
|Device is listed in your company-owned inventory||✔|
|Bypass device approvals||✔|
|Get a report of inactive company devices||✔|
|Device remains company-owned after it’s factory reset||✔||✔|
|Apply settings for Android mobile devices||✔||✔||✔|
|Lock a device and reset its password||✔||✔||✔|
* Not supported for Android devices with a work profile. If a device has a work profile and you add it to the company-owned inventory, it's blocked from syncing work data until it’s removed from the company-owned inventory or the device is factory reset.
Add devices to the inventory
From the Admin console Home page, go to Devices.
- On the left, click Mobile & endpointsCompany owned inventory to see your company-owned devices.
- At the top, click Import company owned devices .
- Select the type of device you want to import and click Download import template.
- Enter a maximum of 100,000 entries per file, starting a new line for each device. (To add more devices, upload more than one file.)
- Open the template file.
- Enter the serial numbers and, optionally, asset tags of one or more devices. (Asset tags are strings that your company can use to track devices.)
Example:Serial Number (mandatory),Asset TagR84534UIF824-123-234,W123U83452BDU424-232-694,W442
If you don't include asset tags, then format the file correctly by making one of the following edits:
- In the file header, remove
,Asset Tag. (Be sure to remove the comma.)
- Include a comma after each serial number.
- In the file header, remove
- Save the file.
- Go back to the Admin console and click Upload File.
- Select the CSV file with the device serial numbers and click Import. If the file has an error, an error message reports the type of problem.
- To upload a corrected file, correct the errors then click Upload New File.
- If the error applied only to some rows, you can still import the other rows. Click Continue. The values in the rows with errors aren't imported.
- When the import completes, you get an email with a summary of the results. You can also download a log of the upload that lists the row number, values, and upload status.
After you create your inventory, you can:
- Turn on advanced management
- Apply settings for Android mobile devices
- Set up an Android device with a Google Workspace or Cloud Identity account
- Set up guide: Deploy company-owned devices in Google endpoint management
- Deploy devices with zero-touch enrollment
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