Configuring Home Screen Layouts on iOS using Intune
There are quite a few instances where deploying custom Home Screen layouts on iOS devices are advantageous to companies. One example that stands out to me stems from recent work that our team performed with a Healthcare facility. The clinic maintains multiple shared iPads – each devoted to a specific use case.
In this instance, certain iPads were used to communicate information with patients, while others were used internally by clinical staff to access data pertinent to their unique role. Upon login, end users in both instances were presented with a home screen of apps relevant to their needs – while suppressing other apps that may cause confusion or contain sensitive data. This clean Home Screen experience was made possible through an Intune configuration specially designed for iOS.
Tailoring the Home Screen experience for a unique use (shared or dedicated devices) allows admins to consolidate the home screen layout to display/have access to only the apps, folders, and shortcuts that the device or user needs.
Currently, there are three fields within the Home Screen Layout that can be modified in Intune.
The Home Screen Grid size
Applications/shortcuts/folders to be displayed on the home screen
This device feature can also be used in conjunction with the Device Restriction setting – a Hidden App List that only displays apps you have chosen not to hide by leaving the Home Screen Layout configuration blank. It achieves this when you simultaneously add the apps you wish to hide in the Hidden App List. *Please note: These settings work for supervised devices that were enrolled in Intune using Apple School Manager or Apple Business Manager with automated device enrollment (formerly DEP). This includes devices supervised through Apple Configurator.
Check out how you can customize iOS device Home Screens for your group below.
In Intune, navigate to Devices -> iOS/iPadOS -> Configuration profiles
Within the Configuration profiles section, click Create profile and then choose Device features from the Profile type drop-down menu.
After choosing Device features, enter in a required name within the Basics tab for this configuration and then choose Next
Now you will be in the Configuration settings tab which have a few different new drop-down menus. Look for Home Screen Layout and click on it to expand the options. Please refer to the below screenshots:
5. Once you have finalized your configurations, simply click Next through each following tab after filling out any required and/or optional information (including assigning this profile to the intended Azure Active Directory group). Finally on the last tab (Review + Create), click Create when you have finished reviewing. Please see below for example pictures of the configuration and final product of the end user/device experience:
Nikhil is one of our Modern Work and Security Engineers in the US. He works with clients to design, develop, and execute Endpoint Management solutions. His career started soon after he graduated from Rutgers University (New Brunswick) in 2014 with a Bachelor’s in Information Technology & Informatics and a minor in Political Science, gaining fundamental IT skills with his first job as part of a large international company’s IT team.
Shortly after, Nikhil transitioned and began to develop his career into Technology Consulting. With his educational and professional background, Nikhil has mastered the ability to provide clients an effective service while still maintaining a human element.