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Is there a way to hide the Settings app on iOS devices?

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ralGoCanes
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I would like to hide the settings app on managed iPads, so customers or employees cannot get in and start turning things on and off i.e., Wifi, Bluetooth, airplane mode etc...

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Hi @ralGoCanes

AFAIK you can't hide the actual settings app itself, but you can implement device restrictions so users cannot amend sections including a great deal of what's in the settings app. For a full list of restrictions see here

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/intune/device-restrictions-ios

Note, some device restrictions need the IoS device to be in supervised mode

Hope that answers your question!

Best, Chris
Thanks for the quick reply, that was what I was afraid of.

Thanks for the quick reply, that was what I was afraid of.

This is definitely the better solution, although you can always create a custom configuration to block the Settings app (com.apple.Preferences). Unfortunately, this may impact the client when trying to allow third-party apps access to services like Camera, Contacts, etc... From experience, it's best to use the provided configurations from Intune first, then customize if required.

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