Is Using Your Personal Smartphone for Work a Good Idea?

The dedicated work phone is becoming a thing of the past. In fact, 87% of companies expect their employees to use their personal devices for work purposes.1 Not only is it convenient, but using a personal phone for work could save you and your employer money.

But before you sign up for your employer’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program, make sure you know what you get – and what you’re giving up.

Your Device, Your Choice

Since it’s your own device, you can shop for a new phone at any time – you don’t have to wait for your employer to upgrade you. Plus, because most employers subsidize your monthly bill, you may get the best possible plan and features – like unlimited data – to make the most of your out-of-pocket costs.

Privacy Concerns

When using a personal device for work, your employer may be able to see how you use your phone on your personal time. For extra security and privacy, BYOD participants can use encryption services like Signal and ExpressVPN to keep their personal and business data separate.

Usage Restrictions

Most employers who participate in BYOD programs require mobile device management software that could potentially limit which apps you’re able to download.

Make sure to check your company’s usage policy for BYOD. If you would be restricted from accessing smartphone functions you use often, like social media or GPS, you might prefer keeping separate devices for personal and business use instead.

Data Crossover Prevention

The trickiest part of using your own phone for work is keeping your business and personal information separate. Luckily, there are ways to prevent that. Android devices have a “User Profiles” feature that lets you set up separate accounts on your phone and keep each data set apart. Some third-party apps can also help keep things separate. Google’s suite of apps allow you to sign into different accounts with no data overlap, so your personal emails don’t sync to your employer’s servers.

For even more peace of mind, you may also consider using different apps for work and personal tasks. For example, use Firefox for work-related web searches and Chrome for personal web browsing to maintain separation between work and play.

Leaving the Company

Even though the device is yours, some BYOD policies could require you to wipe your phone if you quit or are fired. That could mean losing your contacts, personal photos and more.

Other policies might offer you a way to back up your personal information as you remove work-related data or not require you to wipe your phone at all.

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