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The Apple iPhone is detected as a portable device in Windows Vista/7/2008


  • In Windows Vista/7/2008, the Apple iPhone is detected as a portable device, not a removable device
  • In Windows XP, the Apple iPhone may be detected as a digital camera, not a removable device
  • In both cases, Apple iPhones are not managed by the Device Control feature of ESET products


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As a workaround, you can deny or restrict the usage of such devices in your network using Group Policy Management. To restrict or block the use of Portable Devices using Group Policy Management, follow the steps below:

  1. Click Start, and then in the Search box enter mmc gpedit.msc to open the Group Policy Management Editor.  In the navigation pane, the Local Computer Policy is divided into Computer Configuration and User Configuration. Settings are identical in both configurations.

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  • Edits made to Computer Configuration settings are applied to all users. 
  • Edits made to User Configuration settings are applied only to the currently logged on user and will override the settings defined in the Computer Configuration.
  1. Select Computer Configuration or User Configuration based on the criteria noted above, then expand Administrative TemplatesSystemRemovable Storage Access.


  1. Double-click the policy setting for WPD, (Windows Portable Devices) that corresponds to the kind of restriction you want enforced (for example, double-click WPD Devices: Deny read access if you want to deny read access to your Apple iPhone). Select the corresponding radio button to Enable or Disable a policy setting.

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  1. Click ApplyOK to save your changes. You can repeat steps 4 and 5 for other restrictions to this device type.

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