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A friend of mine has email connected through his Android phone. The server uses outlook exchange. The people running the server want administartion control over his phone if he wants email to come to his phone. They want control over everything from the wallpaper and camera to his password and ability to wipe the device. Anyone know how to get aroung this and keep his email?
 

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cant he just use his email like normal with a password he already set, and use the email somewhere else without even bothering to tell whoever wants to control his phone?
 

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Who are these people that want the control? Are they a random server company? In which case: HELL NO! Are they his bosses trying to make sure the device is secure? Then maybe but ask them if it is really necessary given how much access this gives them to his phone, his contacts, etc.
 

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re-reading the OP, they wont let him get ANY email unless they get control? FUCK THAT. tell him to get a different email from another place.
 

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It is his school email. And his personal phone. The school wants control of his phone, they run the server. Dont know what the school wants to keep secure?
 

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Systems administrator here. We do that because that's part of ActiveSync, a protocol that allows simple synchronization of your email to mobile devices. It's just a security measure, and the main reason we would enforce such a thing is so if your phone gets stolen we can get rid of any sensitive information on it. We would never wipe your phone without your consent. ActiveSync also allows us to enforce it so you have to put a password/PIN on your phone, further enhancing the security.

In short, it's just a security measure. Don't worry about it.

However, there is one email app that might allow you to bypass this. Look up K-9 Mail. Don't come crawling to me to learn how to set it up though.
 
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It is his school email. And his personal phone. The school wants control of his phone, they run the server. Dont know what the school wants to keep secure?
Its a blanket thing run by most councils. If it goes through the council's server it is deemed "confidential mail" so that they have a standard system for all mail, even student e-mail. I remember any and all mail I sent from my old school e-mail had a council statement at the bottom about confidentiality.
Why the hell does he want his school e-mail on his phone anyway? I remember school e-mail for me in Secondary School, never got anything worthwhile through it.
 

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It is his school email. And his personal phone. The school wants control of his phone, they run the server. Dont know what the school wants to keep secure?
Its a blanket thing run by most councils. If it goes through the council's server it is deemed "confidential mail" so that they have a standard system for all mail, even student e-mail. I remember any and all mail I sent from my old school e-mail had a council statement at the bottom about confidentiality.
Why the hell does he want his school e-mail on his phone anyway? I remember school e-mail for me in Secondary School, never got anything worthwhile through it.

To be honest, OP would be best off just checking it through OWA from time to time. I'm sure his school has a web frontend for checking email.
 

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