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iPhone settings to know for possible BYOD compliance

Will Kelly reviews some iPhone settings you need to know before you BYOD into work.

I'm sure that many new iPhones went live on Christmas morning. This means that lots of new iPhone users will want to use their iPhone to access their corporate email and network once they return to work after the holiday break. If you're one of these new iPhone owners, a basic knowledge of your settings can help you operate your iPhone between work and home. It can also help you ask intelligent questions when there are changes to your employer's Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies.

Wi-Fi

Getting live on your office Wi-Fi network (or a network set aside for BYOD devices) is one of the prime benefits of BYOD.

Here's how to setup your iPhone for Wi-Fi:

  1. Tap Settings
  2. Tap Wi-Fi, and the Wi-Fi screen will appear (Figure A)
  3. Figure A

    The iPhone Wi-Fi screen.
  4. Slide Wi-Fi to On
  5. Tap on a network in the Choose a Network list
  6. Type in the Wi-Fi password
  7. Tap Join to join the network

Slide Ask to Join Networks to Off if you don't want your iPhone asking you to join a Wi-Fi network that it encounters.

Bluetooth

Depending on your organization's BYOD policies, you may or may not be able to use Bluetooth on your iPhone. Increasingly, Bluetooth is seen as a security risk, and you may have to turn it off on your BYOD iPhone.

To use Bluetooth:

  1. Tap Settings
  2. Slide Bluetooth to On to use Bluetooth peripherals with your iPhone, or slide it to Off to turn Bluetooth access off

Do Not Disturb

iOS 6 includes a new feature called Do Not Disturb, which may or may not be ideal on a BYOD iPhone -- especially for those in jobs that require some manner of off-hours phone contacts. I'm willing to bet the new Do Not Disturb feature is going to go unnoticed until somebody can't be reached.

To set Do Not Disturb:

  1. Tap Settings
  2. Slide Do Not Disturb to On
  3. Tap Notifications, and the Notifications screen will appear (Figure B)
  4. Figure B

    The iPhone Notifications screen.
  5. Tap Do Not Disturb
  6. Slide Scheduled to On
  7. Set a From and To time when you don't want to be disturbed
  8. Tap Allow Calls From
  9. Select the Group from which you'll allow calls during the Do Not Disturb time
  10. Slide Repeated Calls to On to permit a second call from a person within three minutes to be heard
  11. Select Notifications that you still want to receive during the Do Not Disturb period

VPN

VPN access from an iPhone to a network is typically in place to secure email communications and access back office applications, but not much else. While your organization's VPN will probably be setup through policies, you should know how to access the settings. Here are the basics of setting up a VPN on your iPhone:

To setup a VPN:

  1. Tap Settings
  2. Tap General
  3. Tap VPN (Figure C)
  4. Figure C

    The iPhone VPN Settings.
  5. Tap Add VPN Configuration, and the Add Configuration screen will appear (Figure D)
  6. Figure D

    Add VPN Configuration screen.
  7. Tap on your VPN type:
    • L2TP
    • PPTP
    • IPSec
  8. Enter the VPN configuration information you receive from your organization's IT department
  9. Tap Save to save the VPN configuration

Locking

Locking your iPhone is part of every set of BYOD policies and makes good sense. Here's how to set Auto Lock and Passcode Lock on your iPhone.

Auto Lock

The Auto Lock setting defines when your iPhone locks itself after a period of no use.

To set Auto Lock:

  1. Tap Settings
  2. Tap General
  3. Tap Auto Lock
  4. Tap on the length of time when you want your iPhone to auto-lock

Passcode Lock

To set a Passcode Lock:

  1. Tap Settings
  2. Tap General
  3. Tap Passcode Lock (Figure E)
  4. Follow the prompts to confirm your passcode
  5. Figure E

    Enter Passcode screen.

Siri

Siri, a feature of iPhone 4s and iPhone 5, has made the news because some organizations (such as IBM) deem it as a security risk and don't want devices running it on their network. This is why it's important to know your Siri settings.

To turn Siri off and on:

  1. Tap Settings
  2. Tap General
  3. Tap Siri (Figure F)
  4. Slide Siri Off or On, depending on the guidance from your organization's BYOD policies
  5. Figure F

    The iPhone Siri screen.

BYOD, your iPhone, and you

With all the attention around BYOD largely focused on corporate IT and the potential productivity boosts, the device owner needs to be educated about their device settings, so I always recommend reviewing even your basic iPhone settings before jumping on board BYOD. The more you know about your settings can help you contribute feedback during the inevitable policy changes and when you take your iPhone back between work and home.

What iPhone settings have you found most effected by your company's BYOD policies? Share your experience in the discussion thread below.

About

Will Kelly is a technical and marketing communications writer based in the Washington, DC area. He has written about SMB technology, data center management, project management applications, mobile computing, Microsoft Office, and productivity applica...

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