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Mobile devices have become ubiquitous in the modern workplace, with employers often allowing personal devices like smartphones and tablets under Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) policies.
While mobility and device choice provide flexibility for employees, it also creates major security and management challenges for organizations. Sensitive company information is now being accessed and stored on mobile devices that IT teams do not always control or secure effectively.
This is where Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions come in. MDM allows centralized management, monitoring, and security of all employee mobile devices that connect to company resources.
Google offers its own MDM solution called Google Mobile Management for enforcing device policies, deploying apps, securing data, and managing the entire fleet of devices from the cloud-based Admin Console.
Whether you're part of the education field and need to manage student devices or your workforce requires remote monitoring, Google Mobile Device Management is a secure, effective way to do so.
Google's Mobile Management is a cloud-based solution that allows enrollment, configuration, and management of mobile devices running Android, iOS, and ChromeOS operating systems. It offers basic mobile management features but also gives admins the ability to monitor devices for enhanced security.
Here are the key capabilities of this system:
Google Mobile Management integrates tightly with Google Workspace productivity tools. It is administered through the Google Admin Console unified with other Google services for fast integration into your existing system.
Beyond the basic capabilities, there are advanced mobile management features offered through Google. Here are some features that allow you to manage the full device lifecycle.
For device configuration and policies, administrators can remotely configure settings for email, calendar, contacts, Wi-Fi, VPN, passwords, restrictions, per-app VPN, certificates, authentication, and browser settings.
Password policies can enforce length, complexity, history, and expiration rules. Restrictions can be set for usage, uninstalls, and data sharing.
For security, Google Mobile Management enables enforcement of device encryption, remote wipe of lost or stolen devices, selective wipe of only corporate data, app whitelisting/blacklisting, and Android Enterprise profiles to separate work and personal data.
For monitoring and compliance, the solution provides detailed hardware and software inventory reports, device location tracking, status and activity reports, alerts for non-compliant events/devices, and the ability to limit access based on compliance.
For OS and app management, administrators can manage over-the-air OS updates, Google Play, and third-party app installs, create an internal app catalog, configure app settings, and manage licenses.
The end-user portal allows self-service capabilities like remotely locking/wiping devices, locating lost devices, viewing IT contacts, and checking device details.
Implementing Google Mobile Management is advantageous for organizations looking for an intuitive way to manage devices. Here are some key benefits.
Google Mobile Management provides unified device management through the Google Admin Console, enabling easy administration of small and large device fleets. It has a quick setup with guided workflows and an intuitive interface that simplifies device management.
As a Google Admin, this lets you seamlessly keep track of spread-out devices, enforce policies, and keep your organization's data safe.
This solution offers advanced security capabilities, including remote device locking, wiping, and encryption. It enables secure work profiles on Android Enterprise-recommended devices and prevents threats from risky apps. Admins can rapidly enforce policies and compliance rules.
Users get any time, anywhere access to company resources from all major mobile platforms like Android, iOS, and ChromeOS. It provides seamless syncing of email, calendar, and contacts. Managed Google Play access delivers required apps efficiently.
Google Mobile Management avoids large upfront investments by using a cloud service model. It supports BYOD programs to reduce device costs. License management is simplified, and apps can be purchased and deployed in bulk, saving your organization extra costs.
Administrators gain granular visibility into device inventory, activity, and usage analytics. This data helps identify security gaps and optimize operations.
Native integration with Google Workspace and Chrome Browser streamlines management, and SSO and existing directory sync leverage Google identity.
Google's mobile device management is suited for a variety of industries and uses, including:
If you're already using a mobile management system or only considering implementing Google MDM, it's important to understand how it stands apart from other systems.
Compared to traditional solutions like Microsoft Intune, VMware Workspace ONE, and MobileIron, Google MDM has:
While traditional MDMs may offer deeper legacy OS integration, Google Mobile Management excels for modern cloud-first and mobile-first organizations. Its cloud approach brings lower ownership costs, faster deployment, and simpler management capabilities.
Basic mobile management should be turned on as part of your Workspace subscription. If you've turned it off and need to reactivate it, it only takes a few minutes.
Remember to tell users you'll manage the remote devices they use for work, and let them know your password requirements. If you're looking to upgrade and set up advanced mobile management, learn more here.
Before you begin setting up basic mobile management: To apply the setting for specific users, put their accounts in an organizational unit.
To maximize the benefits of Google Mobile Management, follow these best practices:
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