Organize Apps with Home Screen Layout

General Information

Network Managers can dictate how apps are organized on iPads with the Home Screen Layout configuration profile payload. Apps can be put on multiple pages and folders can be created to further organize similar apps.

Create Configuration Profile

  1. From a web browser, navigate to https://polkfl.jamfcloud.com.
  2. Log in with your netadmin account’s credentials (usually net admin-LocationNumber). Do not use the full email address.
  3. To the top-left, click Devices tab.
  4. On the left, click Configuration Profiles.
  5. At the top-right, click +New.

Configure Payloads

General Payload

  1. On the right, in the Name field, give the profile a name. An example may be “9822-MLC 65-Layout” or “9822-Blue Cart-Layout”
  2. In the Category drop-down, select Home Screen Layouts.
  3. In the Distribution Method dropdown, select Install Automatically.

Home Screen Layout Payload

  1. On the left, click Home Screen Layout.
  2. On the right, click Configure.

Targeted Operating System

  1. Under Targeted Operating Systemselect iOS.

Dock Layout

In the Dock Layout section, you can specify which apps appear on the Dock at the bottom of an iPad. The following will demonstrate how to add Safari to the Dock, but any number of apps or folders can be added.

If only one app is added to the Dock layout below, only that app will appear on the Dock and nothing else.

  1. Under the Dock Layout section, on the right, click +Add.
  2. In the Type drop-down, select Application.
  3. In the Display Name field, type Safari. As you type, a list of unique identifiers will begin to appear.
  4. In the dynamic list of IDsselect com.apple.mobilesafari. This will autofill the app’s  information in the Unique ID field.
  5. To the right of this Application row, click the grey Save button.

Note: To re-order items added to the Dock, use the Up/Down arrows to the right.

Page Layout

The following will demonstrate how to organize pages of apps and a folder. For this example, we will create a folder called Apple and place the Calendar app inside.

Note: if you do not specifically assign apps to pages/folders in this section, Jamf will automatically move those apps to their own page.

Create Apple Folder

Note: Jamf automatically adds a Page 1 layout for you.

  1. On the right, click +Add.
  2. Under the Type drop-down, select Folder.
  3. In the Display name field, type Apple.
  4. Leave the Unique ID field blank.
  5. On the right, click the grey Save button. A new section called Folder 1 – Apple will appear. This title basically means “the Folder on page 1 called Apple”.
Add Apple's Calendar App to Apple Folder
  1. Under the Folder 1 – Apple section, to the right, click +Add.
  2. In the Type drop-down, select Application.
  3. In the Display Name field, type Calendar. As you type, a list of unique identifiers will begin to appear.
  4. In the dynamic list of IDsselect com.apple.mobilecalendar. This will autofill the app’s  information in the Unique ID field.
  5. To the right of this Application row, click the grey Save button.

Scope Configuration Profile

Note: It is highly recommended that you scope the to a test iPad before mass deploying the Home Screen Layout profile.

  1. At the top of the configuration profile, click Scope tab.
  2. On the right, click +Add.
  3. Click the Mobile Device Groups tab.
  4. In the Filter field, begin typing the name of the smart group.
  5. Once filtered, click the Add button to the right.
  6. Add any more eligible groups.
  7. At the bottom-right, click the blue Save button.