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      Latest reply on May 15, 2019 7:27 AM by KMT
      samstaley Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

        Is there any way to do this?

         

        For a little bit of detail, we are a dev shop that has been developing an app for a client based around multiple devices tracking their location to one another and when one of them leaves the group the others will get notified so that the other device doesn't get left being and possibly stolen. We're looking to add if possible remote device locking and lost mode to this feature set and everything I've seen has this wrapped up in MDM.

         

        The problem is this doesn't seem like a solution that will work for us because we're not an enterprise level business that is handing out managed devices, this would be something closer to an end user downloading our app from the app store, and opting into installing a side MDM profile that allows our app to manage their devices activation lock and lost mode

         

        Can anyone help me understand limitations or other possible solutions on this?

        • Re: Enable Lost Mode without MDM
          KMT Level 9 Level 9 (14,575 points)

               >without MDM

           

          Bridge too far, I think. Either the device is managed or it's not. If it's not, your app has no control at the level in your example.

           

          From the docs:

          "MDM can't control Activation Lock on unsupervised devices. On an unsupervised device, Activation Lock is enabled when the user signs in to iCloud and turns on Find My iPhone."

           

          Remember too, an ML&LM profile needs a certificate from Apple that is only available through the Developer Enterprise Program.

           

               >developing an app for a client

           

          Suggest your client obtain a Developer Enterprise Program account.

            • Re: Enable Lost Mode without MDM
              samstaley Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

              I understand this needs to be under an Enterprise account, but aside from that, can what we're trying to achieve be done? Where in we manage the MDM services from our server and anyone downloading our app from the app store can get enrolled from the app? Or am I misunderstanding how device enrollment works?

                • Re: Enable Lost Mode without MDM
                  KMT Level 9 Level 9 (14,575 points)

                       >anyone downloading our app from the app store can get enrolled from the app?

                   

                  You're asking if a store app can be used to MDM enroll a device, thus making it managed/supervised so that your app can interact with Lost Mode. Separately, I doubt the former, but once managed, I can imagine the later.

                   

                  Have you talked to these people?

                  • 3rd party API? h ttps://simplemdm.com/ios-9-3-lost-mode-per-device-app-deployment-notes/

                  • h ttps://simplemdm.com/how-to-deploy-ios-apps-for-businesses/