Using TestNav on an iPad

Updated 8/12/2014

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This document includes these sections to help you set up TestNav on an iPad for secure testing:

  • Options for setting up and launching TestNav:
    1. Use Apple Configurator via USB
    2. Use Apple Profile Manager
    3. Use a Third Party MDM
    4. Use Guided Access mode
  • Finding Your Release Version
  • Upgrading Your Release Version
  • Finding Your Log Files
  • What's New

Setup Option 1: Use Apple Configurator via USB

To enable single app mode on iPad using Apple Configurator, you first back up the device to retain any data or applications. You, then, turn on Supervised mode (which wipes the device) for your organization.

You may restore the iPad after testing by placing the iPad in Supervised mode to put data and apps back on the device.

  1. Connect the iPad to a Mac OS X machine using a USB connection.
  2. On the Mac OS X machine, launch AppleConfigurator.
  3. On the Configurator's Prepare tab, turn on Supervision.
  4. Tap the Prepare button at the bottom of the window.
  5. If prompted, enter the appropriate organization information and tap Done.
  6. When you are asked to confirm that you want to apply the settings, tap Apply.
  7. Wait while the Configurator completes the updates. When complete, tap the Supervise tab.
  8. From the Lock to App dropdown menu, select Testnav.
    • To release a device from the single app mode, confirm that the device is connected to the Mac OS X Server. Then select None from the same menu.
  9. Tap Apply at the bottom of the window.

Setup Option 2: Use Apple Profile Manager

Administrators can use Mobile Device Manager (MDM) to push a profile to devices to wirelessly turn on/off single app mode.

Profile Manager is Apple's MDM solution for Mac OS X Server. You can select the TestNav app from the Lock to App menu and push the profile to supervised devices.

Setup Option 3: Use a Third Party MDM

You can use a third-party MDM to initiate Autonomous Single App Mode (ASAM) mode (Lock to App). You can turn on single app mode when you launch the application and turn off single app mode you close the application. The ASAM feature requires BOTH a Supervised iPad (which you enable only from Apple Configurator) and a third-party MDM to push the custom whitelisting profile.

Administrators do not need to push profiles to devices to turn on/off single app mode, but can grant TestNav the ability to invoke Single App mode on-demand when it starts.

ASAM is the recommended solution for LEAs to manage single app mode because it reduces administrator workload.

You may also use a third party MDM to wirelessly push a profile to iPads, as described with Apple Profile Manager.

Setup Option 4: Use Guided Access mode

iOS 7

Setting up Guided Access

  1. Rotate iPad so the display is in landscape orientation.
  2. Tap Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access.
    • Turn on Guided Access.
    • Set Passcode.
    • Tap Accessibility Shortcut.

Using TestNav with Guided Access (iOS 7)

  1. Launch TestNav app.
  2. Triple click the Home button and enter the passcode.
  3. Tap Options.
    • Turn off Sleep/Wake.
    • Turn on Volume Buttons setting.
    • Turn off Motion to lock iPad to landscape mode.
    • Turn on Touch setting.
  4. Tap Start.

Exiting TestNav / Closing Guided Access mode

  1. Triple-click the Home button.
  2. Enter the passcode.
  3. Tap end in the upper left-hand corner.

Finding Your Release Version

  1. Tap Settings on the Home screen.
  2. Locate TestNav in the list and select it.
  3. The version and build number, such as 1.0.4 (0037), displays to the right of TestNav.
  4. If you cannot locate the version, exit Settings and launch TestNav. After TestNav runs the first time, you can see the the version information at launch.

Upgrading Your Release Version

After you install TestNav from the app store, it should automatically update. However, if your technology environment does not allow for automatic updates, you can manually update the application using one of the following methods:

  • Over-the air (MDM-managed iPads)
  • Apple App Store
  • iTunes (tethered iPads)

If you cannot update with the above methods, manually remove the outdated version and install the latest version from the Apple App Store.

Finding Your Log Files

  1. Connect the iPad to your computer using the Doc Connector and a USB cable.
  2. Launch iTunes, version 9.1 or later.
  3. Click iPad from the listed devices in the iTunes window.
  4. Click the Apps tab and then scroll down to the bottom of the page. View the list of apps currently installed on the iPad under File Sharing.
  5. Select the TestNav App. A list of TestNav log files displays under TestNav Documents.
  6. Select and open the log file you wish to view.

What's New


Changes include:

  • Corrected initial bulleted list and Setup Option 4: Use Guided Access Mode.
  • Removed iOS 6 support.
  • Edited for style.


Changes include:

  • Updated the Setup Option 3: Use a Third Party MDM section to correctly refer to the Autonomous Single App Mode.
  • Added Finding Your Log Files section.


Changes include:

  • Added information about how to know your current software release version.
  • Added information about how to update your software, when needed.