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Configuration profile to skip iCloud setup for new users on macOS devices

The Setup Assistant is a built-in utility in macOS that guides users through the process of setting up a new Mac or creating a new user account, including tasks such as network setup, iCloud setup, and data transfer. However, admins may prefer not to setup iCloud on devices due to concerns about data security and privacy. Using Hexnode’s Custom Configuration feature, you can disable iCloud Setup Assistant window and avoid the hassle of users configuring iCloud.


The sample configuration profiles provided below are created using various profile creator applications.


This configuration profile is supported on macOS 10.12 or later.

Disable iCloud setup

On deploying this configuration profile, the iCloud Setup Assistant screen is disabled and does not show up when the user is logging in to their user account for the first time.

Distribute custom configuration profiles

  1. Log in to the Hexnode console.
  2. Navigate to Policies > New Policy.
  3. Provide a policy name and description (optional).
  4. Go to macOS > Deploy Custom Configuration > Configure > Choose File.
  5. Choose and upload the custom configuration profile from the device. If the file is already uploaded, you may select it from the list.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Navigate to Policy Targets.
  8. Select devices/device groups/users/user groups/domains to associate the policy. Click OK.
  9. Click Save.

  • To create and customize configuration profiles, you can use tools like Apple Configurator, Profile Manager or manually create them using text editors.
  • Use non-encrypted .mobileconfig, .xml, or plist files to deploy profiles across devices.
  • Ensure that you do not associate conflicting configurations with the devices.
  • Use wildcards to fetch key values from the portal.
  • It is recommended to manually validate the configuration profile on a system before executing it in bulk.
  • Hexnode will not be responsible for any damage/loss to the system on the behavior of the configuration profile.

  • Configuration Profile Repository