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CardDav Settings for iOS

CardDAV (vCard Extensions to WebDAV) is a protocol which can sync contacts from various email addresses with the iPhone/iPad.


CardDAV settings are accessible on Pro, Enterprise, Ultimate and Ultra plans.

To configure CardDAV,

  1. Select Policies from Hexnode MDM console.
  2. Add a new policy from New Policy button, or continue with an existing policy.
  3. Go to iOS Settings and select CardDAV.
Settings Description
Account description The display name for this account. Type in a meaningful description. e.g. Company CardDAV account.
Account hostname The host name of the server where the contacts are stored.
Port The port number on which to connect to the CardDAV server. By default, it is 8443.
Principal URL The URL which gives information about the user’s CardDAV and CalDAV accounts. A user will have a single principal URL.
Account user name The username of the account where contacts are saved, for authentication.
Account password Password associated with the username.
Use SSL SSL provides a secure (encrypted) connection between the iPhone/iPad and the server. Enabled by default.

To Sync Google Contacts in CardDAV

Google contacts now provides a CardDAV interface that you can use to view and manage your contacts using CardDAV protocol. Contacts are stored in user’s Google account; most Google services have access to the contact lists. The following information should be added:

Settings Description
Account description Any text/ name to identify the Google account.
Account host name The host name of the server where contacts are stored. Google stores its contacts in the server google.com.
Port The port number used. By default, it is 8443.
Principal URL The principal URL to be used in this case google.com.
Account user name You need to enter the full Google account or Google apps email address.
Account Password An app-specific password must be used.
Use SSL SSL provides a secure(encrypted) connection between the iPhone/iPad and the server. Enabled by default.

How to Associate a Policy to a Device/User or Groups?

Method 1: From Policy Targets tab inside while a policy is being set up

  1. Go to Policy Targets tab and click on +Add devices. You can either choose devices, device groups, users, user groups or domains.
  2. Select the devices you want to associate the policy to and click Done.

Method 2: From policies list screen.

  1. Click on Policies, choose the policy to be associated to the device.
  2. From the Manage dropdown, select Associate Targets.
  3. Pick up the devices to apply the policies.

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