Authentication for mobile devices in SharePoint 2013

 

Applies to: Internet Explorer, OneDrive

Topic Last Modified: 2015-04-28

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This article contains information about the supported authentication types for select devices in SharePoint Server 2013.

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Authentication is one aspect of security that you must consider to make sure that SharePoint Server 2013 is not compromised. We recommend that you consult the following articles to make sure that your corporate data is safe:

SharePoint Server 2013 supports multiple authentication methods and authentication modes. Not all mobile browsers and devices work with all the available authentication methods. When you plan for mobile device access, you must do the following:

  • Determine the mobile devices that you must support. Then, learn the authentication methods that are supported by the mobile devices. This information varies by manufacturer.

  • Determine the sites that you want to make available to your mobile device users.

  • Determine whether you want to make SharePoint sites available for mobile devices when the devices are used outside the corporate firewall. If you do, the method that you use to enable external access can also affect mobile device authentication.

The following tables detail the authentication types for browsers and Office Hub Windows Phone experience in SharePoint Server 2013.

Table: Mobile authentication support for SharePoint browsers

SharePoint Infrastructure Authentication mode Authentication provider Windows Phone 7.5 or later versions (Internet Explorer Mobile) iOS 5.0 or later versions (iPad, iPhone using Safari)

SharePoint on-premises

NTLM

Active Directory

Supported

Supported

SharePoint on-premises

Basic authentication

Active Directory

Supported

Supported

SharePoint on-premises

SAML

WS-Federation 1.1 compatible Identity Provider

Supported

Supported

SharePoint Online

Forms-based authentication

Org-ID

Supported

Supported

Table: Mobile authentication support for Office Hub

SharePoint infrastructure Authentication mode Authentication provider Windows Phone 7.5 or later versions

SharePoint on-premises

NTLM

Active Directory

Supported

SharePoint on-premises

Basic authentication

Active Directory

Not supported

SharePoint on-premises

SAML

WS-Federation 1.1 compatible Identity Provider

Not supported

SharePoint Online

Forms-based authentication

Org-ID

Supported

ImportantImportant:
In order for mobile devices to communicate with SharePoint servers, Internet Protocol security (IPsec) must be disabled on the servers. This must be done because mobile devices are not domain-joined.

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