Getting started with Device Usage policies

Device Usage policies control the collection of device usage information from your Windows, Mac and Chromebook devices. Device usage is based on the following activity:

  • Login and Unlock:
    • A user logged in to the device, either directly or remotely, by entering their username and password on the login screen
    • A user unlocked the device, either directly or remotely, by dismissing the Lock screen (if applicable) and entering their password on the login screen
  • Device Activity: usage of the device presented in days, hours, and minutes of activity.
  • A Windows or Mac device is deemed to be in use if it unlocked. Activity ceases when the screensaver shows, or the device is locked or shut down. A Chromebook device is deemed to be in use if the display is active (not dimmed). Activity ceases when the display is dimmed, or the device is sleeping, locked, or shut down.

Activate the Device Usage policy if you want to view a report of the devices that were in use during a given time period. For example, a school district may want to see how many of the Chromebooks issued to a particular school were used in the past six months. They can also compare device usage across multiple schools in their district.