Microsoft brings Defender for Endpoint, already on Android, to iOS

Rabia Noureen

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Microsoft has just announced that Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is now generally available for iOS users. The public release of the app brings a bunch of capabilities for users, including custom Indicators, anti-phishing, and unsafe connection blocking.

“Microsoft Defender for Endpoint for iOS will offer protection against phishing and unsafe network connections from websites, emails, and apps. All alerts will be available through a single pane of glass in the Microsoft Defender Security Center. The portal gives security teams a centralized view of threats on iOS devices along with other platforms,” the company explained.


As a reminder, the company launched Microsoft Defender ATP for Android in public preview back in June. In the public preview, the Android app offered features like web protection, malware scanning, blocking access to sensitive data, and more. Most of these features are now available in the iOS version of the app.

It is important to note that Microsoft Defender ATP is available for iOS devices running iOS 11.0 and above. Users should have the correct license (i.e., Microsoft 365 E5/A5, Microsoft 365 E5 Security, Windows 10 E5/A5) to use it. Be sure to check out the support page for deployment details.

Additionally, the company noted that it has increased the security coverage for existing Android devices that already use Microsoft Defender to include fully managed devices. “With this change, Android Enterprise fully managed devices will get the full capabilities of our offering on Android including phishing and web protection, malware scanning, and additional breach prevention through integration with Microsoft Endpoint Manager and Conditional Access,” Microsoft said in the blog post.

Finally, the company has also simplified the onboarding experience for Android users. To help customers get started quickly, the app will no longer ask for VPN permissions from Android users. If you’re interested in gaining access to the enhanced endpoint detection capabilities, feel free to register for a free trial of Microsoft Defender Endpoint today.