Overview of Managed Apple ID

Modified on Tue, 18 Apr 2023 at 12:58 PM

What are Managed Apple IDs?

Managed Apple IDs are special school-created and school-owned accounts that provide access to Apple services. Apple School Manager can connect to our Google Directory to simplify integration and provide access using existing credentials.


Apple devices can be managed, apps can be distributed, and the Classroom app for iPad can be deployed—all without an Apple ID on devices. 


Note that standard Apple IDs cannot be converted to Managed Apple IDs. There are key differences between Managed Apple IDs and standard Apple IDs. If a school chooses to permit standard Apple IDs in their environment, the school

must understand that the account terms and conditions differ from Managed Apple IDs, which are designed

specifically for a school environment. The use of a standard Apple ID is governed by consumer terms of service, including privacy policy. Schools should review those policies governing data collection and use.


Features for teachers

Managed Apple IDs are designed to access key iCloud services that are typically used in an education setting, as well as a few features built specifically for schools.

  1. Upgraded iCloud Storage. Managed Apple IDs receive 200GB of free iCloud storage.
  2. Access to iCloud services. iCloud services include Shared iPad, iCloud Drive, Photos, Safari, Notes, News, Calendars, Reminders, and Backup.


Customized for education

Because Managed Apple IDs are for education purposes only, certain features are disabled to protect the personal

information of students and teachers.

  • Purchasing. Commerce is disabled for Managed Apple IDs, so App Store, Apple Books, iTunes, and Apple Music purchases are not supported. 
  • Email. Email is not available with Apple School Manager.
  • Find My iPhone. This feature is turned off for Managed Apple IDs. For institution-owned devices, your school can use JAMF Lost Mode to find a lost device and play a recovery sound.
  • Apple Pay, Wallet. Services like Apple Pay and Wallet cannot be accessed with a Managed Apple ID.
  • FaceTime and Messages. FaceTime and Messages are disabled by default. 


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