(Answered) Can Employers See Your Search History

  1. Published on Jan 5, 2022
  2. Updated on Mar 9, 2022
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Technology keeps coming up with new ways to connect people together. Multiple devices can now even be connected to a single host network.

However, technology is so advanced that privacy has become an issue. One big example is the fact that all the data on your phone can be accessed remotely by other people.

This can happen so subtly that you may not even notice it being done to you. You could be happily hanging out with your friends in one moment, and then some of your most embarrassing photos could be leaked in the next.

What's even more disturbing is that worse things than that could happen to you.

Let’s talk about can your employer monitor your iPhone and see the search history on your device, and what you can do to stop it from happening.

Is Your Employer Monitoring Your iPhone?

If you were provided with a gadget such as an iPhone or an iPad by your company, it is most probably being monitored by your bosses.

Regardless of the fact that you are working for them, you still have to protect your privacy. To do that, you'll first have to confirm if it's happening or not.

Apple and Android devices have a Supervised mode available in their software which allows higher-ups to restrict non-work-related features on them.

It also allows them to access the information that you have on your device. You can easily check this by opening the Settings app.

A message should be shown on top of the screen that says, “This iPhone is supervised and managed by”.

You'll also be able to see what types of changes your employer has made in terms of the settings on your device.

Simply head to Settings > General > Profiles & Device Management. If there is a profile available, open it to check what changes were made.

This iPhone is supervised and managed by

Can Employers See Your Search History?

The Employer cannot use Apple MDM APIs to see your search history, but they can limit the sites you can access, block a web browser entirely using the MDM.

But if your device is connected to the Admin WiFi, the WiFi administrator can see your browser history, including every web page you've visited while connected to their network.

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iPhone Supervised by the Employer? What to Do

MDM, which is short for Mobile Device Management, is what allows your bosses to monitor and configure the settings on your phone.

With it on, what you basically have is similar to a display phone that you see in iStores wherein you're only able to access a few select features, and nothing more.

There are a lot of reasons why you'll want to remove this from your device.

  1. Limitations - First and foremost, it limits the things you can do. MDM prevents you from using your device to its fullest potential, which is pretty disappointing.
  2. Blocked Connections - You won't be able to connect your device to other Apple devices.   This limitation can be counterproductive as connecting to other accessories such as an Apple watch can make your work life easier.
  3. Privacy - Last but not least, it threatens your privacy. Your higher-ups can erase your data and lock your phone without your consent. As a silver lining, at least they won't be able to access your media and messages.

Remove MDM from iPhone without Password

If you do decide to take matters into your own hands and remove the MDM profile from your device, one way to do it is by using external applications.

Unlockit is one of the best tools that you can use to achieve this. It allows you to remove MDM from your device permanently without the use of a username or password.

These are the steps to using Unlockit to remove MDM from your device.

Step 1. First, download and install the app onto your PC. Once installed, run the app.

Step 2. Next, a few options should be available on the screen. Here, you should select Bypass MDM Lock.

 Unlockit iPhone Screen Unlocker

Step 3. Now, connect your device to your PC.

At this point, you should check if your phone is locked out of the MDM scree, and turn off Find My iPhone.

connect your device to your computer

Step 4. Next, you just have to wait for a few more minutes for the app to do its magic.

start to bypass the MDM lock

Once the process is done, you will be able to enjoy all the available features on your phone without any restrictions.

MDM lock bypassed

Remove MDM from iPhone Settings

If you aren’t comfortable with using external applications, there is another way to remove MDM from your device.

You can actually try to remove it simply by accessing your device’s settings.

However, this isn’t a hundred percent foolproof so you might still end up using Unlockit in the end.

Before we get to the steps, you must know the log-in details of the MDM profile on your device. You must be the administrator of the device as well.

If you have and are neither, then I’m afraid you will not be able to proceed with this method.

If you do have the requirements, then here are the steps on how to remove MDM through your Settings.

  1. First, go to Settings.
  2. Next, head to General and tap on Device Management.
  3. If you have MDM enrolled on your device, there should be a profile available. If so, click on it.
  4. Once you are directed to the next screen, tap on Remove Management.
  5. From here, you’ll be asked to enter your password.

Remove the Supervision from iPhone Settings

As soon as you enter the password, the MDM profile will be removed and you’ll be free to use your device to your heart's content.

Summary

MDM is common among work-provided devices such as smartphones and tablets. It allows managers and other higher-ups to monitor and configure your devices, which is good for them but can be a threat to your privacy.

As soon as you receive a work-provided device, determine if you are being monitored or not by checking the Settings.

Once you’ve established that you are indeed being monitored by an MDM enrolled on your device, and would rather have it removed, you can do so through external software such as Unlockit.

It is easy to use and gets the job done. Feel free to hit us up in the comments section down below If you have any comments and suggestions about how to know if your iPhone is being monitored.

J. Robertson Macaulay D. Young

Mako is a technical freelance writer with a passion for all things tech. Whether you're wondering about how to fix your iPhone or trying to get something to work in your settings, Mako is your go-to for professional help. He loves writing, testing solutions, and most of all, making sure his research is factually accurate.
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