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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) | General IT guidance | Birmingham City Council

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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has been introduced to enable employees to access the council’s Office 365 applications including email, Yammer and Teams via their own personal mobile devices.

To be able to take advantage of BYOD, you need to have an existing BCC email address and live network account (also known as an ADDM ID) via which you access the council network, emails, and business applications.

However, BYOD will only enable access to Office 365 tools via your personal device, and not the business systems/applications you use on a day-to-day basis, including Voyager and People Solutions.

What are the benefits for me?

The benefits of BYOD include:

  • Minimal learning curve as you are using your own personal mobile device and will be familiar using it.
  • Remote access to council data on a personal rather than a corporate device.

How can I use my own mobile device?

Anyone can enable BYOD on their personal device to access their council email account and other Office 365 tools, by going to the device’s application store and downloading an application called “Company Portal” . Then simply follow the instructions in the relevant user guide BYOD iOS or BYOD Android.

Where can I find further information?

Further information is available on:

For information on what to do when a personal device is either lost or stolen, please complete the lost asset form on the ICT Portal

The council will provide limited support for BYOD on a personal device and only on a reasonable endeavour’s basis.

Requirements for BYOD

Apple iOS (iPads and iPhones)

  • Apple operating system (iOS) version 10.3 or higher required.
  • BCC’s BYOD setup will take over your Office 365 Applications, rendering them unusable for any account other than your BCC account. This means you cannot use MS Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive, Teams, Outlook and Excel with a personal account or another “work” account – these applications will be locked for use with your BCC account.
  • Set a 6-digit PIN or 6-character lock screen Password
  • Accept BCC T&Cs when they display on your device (1 or 2 days after configuration)
  • Ensure your device is not “jailbroken” (iOS)


  • Android operating system version 6.0 or higher required.
  • Set a 6-digit PIN or 6-character lock screen Password
  • Enable “Secure Start up” (also known as “Encryption”) on your device.
  • Follow the rest of the guidance.
  • Accept BCC T&Cs when they display on your device (1 or 2 days after configuration)
  • Ensure your device is not “Rooted” (Android)

List of corporate applications available through BYOD

iOS applications

MS Teams, MS OneNote, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Outlook, MS OneDrive, MS Word

Android applications

MS Authenticator, MS Excel, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, MS Teams, MS OneNote, MS Edge, MS OneDrive, MS Outlook, Skype and Adobe Reader