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New Software Required for Stanford-Affiliated iOS Devices

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

If you use an iPhone or iPad for Stanford work, you will ring in 2022 with new software.

Stanford is transitioning to Jamf, a management solution that works seamlessly with iPhones, iPads, and Macs. This project is part of the university's Healthy Devices program, a 2021-2022 effort to make our devices more secure and easier to use. Thousands at Stanford have already shifted to this new tool for their Apple laptops and mobile devices. We will migrate all remaining Stanford-affiliated iOS and iPadOS devices over the next two to three months.

Yes — there’s an app for that

University IT engineers have built a new app to make switching to Jamf as smooth as possible. If your iPhone or iPad is affiliated with Stanford, you will receive a message to install the “Migrate” app.

  • Once you install the app, you can begin the migration at your convenience.
  • The process will require just a few manual taps and can be completed in less than 10 minutes. Visit the Jamf Migration Project webpage to learn more.

The journey to Jamf

As our reliance on using mobile devices for Stanford work grows, so does the importance of managing devices more efficiently and effectively, further protecting you and your data. Jamf helps streamline IT processes, providing enhanced service and support for Stanford-owned Apple devices and personally owned devices used for Stanford work. The software improves security by making it easier to install critical software updates. Migrating to Jamf will also prepare your iPhone or iPad for modern email authentication, protecting your Stanford email account with two-factor authentication.

Although we’ve eased into the rollout with a soft launch, Jamf enrollment will be required for all iOS and iPadOS devices used by employees to access Stanford networks — including work email, calendar, contacts, and certain other apps.

Jamf supports Apple devices only. However, we will soon be rolling out a similar solution for Android and Windows devices to move away from our current Mobile Device Management platform.

Remember to enroll your laptop, too

If you haven't already enrolled your macOS device in Jamf, now is an excellent time to do that too. If you haven't heard, Jamf is replacing BigFix and will eventually be required to meet Stanford’s cybersecurity requirements. 

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