What Does BYOD Mean?

BYOD means "Bring Your Own Device."

Bring your Own Device (BYOD) is the practice of allowing employees of an organization to use their own smartphones, laptops, tablets, and other personal mobile devices (PMDs) to access business applications and data, rather than requiring them to use company-provided devices.

BYOD policies are thought to increase productivity, by allowing employees to use devices with which they are familiar. They also have the potential to reduce company costs in the acquisition and maintenance of hardware and in the training of employees to use unfamiliar devices.

BYOD is a new take on the abbreviation BYOC ("Bring Your Own Computer"). Both BYOD and BYOC are a play on the long-established abbreviation BYOB ("Bring Your Own Booze").

Summary of Key Points

"Bring Your Own Device" is the most common definition for BYOD on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
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An Academic Look at BYOD

BYOD is classified as an initialism abbreviation, as it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Bee Why Oh Dee").

Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are abbreviations spoken as words (e.g., GOAT, NATO).

Example of BYOD Used in a Text


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