Configure Lock Screen Message for iOS Devices with Intune

In this article, I will show you how to configure lock screen message for iOS devices with Intune. The Lock Screen Message settings can be used to configure the content displayed on the login window and lock screen.

Administrators can control iOS, iPadOS, and macOS devices with the help of Microsoft Intune’s many features and settings. You can create and change these settings to fit the needs of your organization with the help of Intune configuration profiles. After adding these features, you push or deploy the profile to iOS, iPadOS, and macOS devices within your organization.

Microsoft introduces new features to Intune with every release version. The Intune service updates are released every month, and you can find the service release details via Intune Tenant Administration. You can configure the lock screen message settings for both iOS and Android devices.

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You can use Intune to deploy configuration profiles that will allow you to display custom text or messages on the lock screen and sign-in window for iOS devices. For example, you can show asset tag information on the lock screen of iOS devices. Additionally, you can show messages on the lock screen like “if lost, please return it to the user,” etc.

Before you read further, here are some useful guides on Intune:

Lock Screen Settings for iOS Devices

There are two settings that are available when you configure lock screen message for iOS devices with Intune:

  • Asset Tag Information: The asset tag information for the device, displayed in the login window and Lock screen.
  • Lock Screen Footnote: The footnote displayed in the login window and Lock screen.

Prerequisites for Lock Screen Message

The Lock screen message feature in Intune applies to:

  • iOS 9.3 and later
  • iPadOS 13.0 and newer

Important: The lock screen message settings, which include asset tag information and a lock screen footnote, can be enabled only on automated device enrollment (supervised) devices. These settings work for supervised devices that were added to Intune using Apple School Manager or Apple Business Manager with automated device enrollment (formerly DEP). This includes devices supervised through the Apple Configurator.

Configure Lock Screen Message for iOS Devices with Intune

We will now go through the steps to configure lock screen message for iOS devices. The first step involves creating a new configuration profile and using the Settings Catalog to configure the lock screen message for iOS devices. We’ll then assign the configuration profile to iOS users or devices and test the configuration.

Create Configuration Profile for iOS devices
Create Configuration Profile for iOS devices

On Create a Profile window, select the Profile type as Settings Catalog. Click Create.

iOS Settings Catalog
iOS Settings Catalog

On the Basics tab of create profile, enter the profile name and description.

  • Name: Configure Lock Screen Message for iOS devices.
  • Description: Configure the content displayed on the login window and lock screen.

Click Next to continue.

Configure Lock Screen Message for iOS Devices with Intune
Configure Lock Screen Message for iOS Devices with Intune

With the Intune Settings catalog, you can choose which settings you want to configure. From the Configuration Settings tab, select +Add Settings.

Configure Lock Screen Message for iOS Devices with Intune
Configure Lock Screen Message for iOS Devices with Intune

The Settings picker window allows you to search for the required settings. From the list of settings, select System Configuration > Lock Screen Message. There are two settings included here:

  • Asset Tag Information
  • Lock Screen Footnote

In this example, I have selected both the settings. Close the Settings picker window.

Configure Lock Screen Message for iOS Devices with Intune
Configure Lock Screen Message for iOS Devices with Intune

The settings that we selected in the above step will be configured now. Enter the value for asset tag information and a brief lock screen note. Click Next.

Configure Lock Screen Message for iOS Devices with Intune
Configure Lock Screen Message for iOS Devices with Intune

In Intune, Scope tags determine which objects admins can see. On the Scope tags section, you specify scope tags. Click Next.

Intune Scope Tags
Intune Scope Tags

In the Assignments window, add the groups to which you want to apply the policy. I advise testing the lock screen message configuration on a small number of test users first, and then rolling it out to more users if the testing is successful. Click Next.

Assign Configuration Profile to iOS Devices or Users
Assign Configuration Profile to iOS Devices or Users

On the Review + Create page, review all the settings that you have defined to configure lock screen message for iOS devices with Intune and select Create.

Configure Lock Screen Message for iOS Devices with Intune
Configure Lock Screen Message for iOS Devices with Intune

After you create a configuration policy for iOS devices in Intune, a notification appears “Policy created successfully“. This confirms the policy is created and is being applied to groups that we selected. The new profile that we created to configure lock screen message appears under the list of Configuration Profiles in Intune.

You must wait for the policy to apply to the targeted groups, and once the iOS devices check-in with the Intune service, they will receive your profile settings. You can also force sync Intune policies on your computers. To monitor the deployment, select the policy and review the device and user check-in status.

The lock screen footnote should now appear on the iOS devices along with the asset tag information.

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2 Comments

  1. Hi Prajwal, I am confused about these settings and the ones existing through creating from template Device>Features, which initially apply only to Supervised devices? Thanks

    1. Ya I understand. I can see the same settings are also available in Templates which are also valid and can be used. If you don’t want to use them, you can use settings catalog. My preference will be settings catalog.