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    Default Syncing Outlook.com with Android 4.4

    As detailed here, there seem to be two methods to setup sync of Android device with Outlook.com
    1. setup outlook.com account in android settings as exchange account
    2. setup using outlook.com app

    I have just systematically tested both methods (using a non-rooted Galaxy S4 with 4.4.2). Neither works completely satisfactorily. I thought i'd post here in case it helps provide some clarity for anyone else setting up their device for sync with outlook.com

    Method 1. Setup as Exchange account in device settings: settings > accounts > add account > microsoft exchange activesync)
    • Mail: provides 2-way sync.
    • Contacts: provides 2-way sync. Also, shows outlook.com contact groups, thereby enabling contact filtering by these groups. (for Galaxy owners: note that there seems to be a bug in the Galaxy S Planner app since it does not filter the contacts when the groups are selected, however the 3rd party Contacts+ app does).
    • Calendar: provides 2-way sync. However, there is no multi-calendar support. Only the primary calendar is synced.
    • Tasks: provides 2-way sync. However, there is no multi-task-list support. Only the task list associated with the primary calender is synced.


    Method 2. Setup through Outlook.com app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...com.outlook.Z7
    • Mail: Mail is now accessed within the Outlook.com app rather than the device's mail client. Provides 2-way sync.
    • Contacts: Contacts are still accessed within the device's contacts app, rather than Outlook.com app. This is read-only (not editable on device) and does not show outlook.com contact groups.
    • Calendar: Calendars are still accessed within the device's calendars app, rather than Outlook.com app. This is 2-way sync and provides multi-calendar support
    • Tasks: does not support syncing of tasks.


    Conclusion: Neither method works completely satisfactorily
    • Syncing of mail is fine with both methods. I suppose choice largely comes down to whether you want to access your mail through the device's mail client (method 1) or through the outlook.com client (method 2).
    • Syncing of contacts is superior via method 1 (supports 2-way sync and contact groups)
    • Syncing of calendars is superior via method 2 (provides multi-calendar support)
    • Syncing of tasks is only possible via method 1, but this method does not support multiple task lists.


    So, if you need 2-way syncing of contacts, access to contact groups, and multi-calendar support you need to use both methods simultaneously.
    Please comment if your experience differs.

    A couple of questions
    I dislike having to use two methods. Is there any other way?
    Is there a way (perhaps 3rd party apps) to access multiple outlook.com task lists on Android?
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    Default Re: Syncing Outlook.com with Android 4.4

    I would look into cloud magic email - I've been using it for corporate exchange but it seems to have setup for any emails. The main reason I went with it over stock application is to bypass the required security PIN lock which is very annoying every time I need to unlock my screen.

    It's also VERY low data consumption (we're talking less than 10mb/day when I get 200+ emails a day), and supports push (obviously your email provider will need to as well).
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    Default Re: Syncing Outlook.com with Android 4.4

    With Method 1, how do you see the Tasks? Which app? In the Google Calendar app it's not one of the "calendars" associated with the outlook.com EAS account, nor is there a separate "Tasks" app.
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    Default Re: Syncing Outlook.com with Android 4.4

    Quote Originally Posted by Gregory McDaniel View Post
    With Method 1, how do you see the Tasks? Which app? In the Google Calendar app it's not one of the "calendars" associated with the outlook.com EAS account, nor is there a separate "Tasks" app.
    I can see it it the S Planner app on my Samsung phone. Hadn't realised it wasn't available in the google calendar app.
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    Default Re: Syncing Outlook.com with Android 4.4

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerrduford View Post
    I would look into cloud magic email - I've been using it for corporate exchange but it seems to have setup for any emails. The main reason I went with it over stock application is to bypass the required security PIN lock which is very annoying every time I need to unlock my screen.

    It's also VERY low data consumption (we're talking less than 10mb/day when I get 200+ emails a day), and supports push (obviously your email provider will need to as well).
    The thing is, email is the one aspect of both recommended methods that works fine.
    It's calendar, contacts, and tasks that have issues.
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    Lightbulb Re: Syncing Outlook.com with Android 4.4

    After almost a week with the Samsung Galaxy S5, and the non-synching Kies 3, I finally found something that works.
    MyPhoneExplorer.

    Setup was not too bad, and works just fine over USB (I haven't tried BT or WiFi).

    GREAT SOLUTION for corporate-enabled phones that need business contacts.

    If this helps only one person, then it's worth the post.
    Cheers!
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    Default Re: Syncing Outlook.com with Android 4.4

    I struggled badly with not being able to sync my contacts and calendar from my GS5 to my Office365 Outlook account (it worked fine from my laptop to my GS5). The "standard" way of setting this up (driven by my GS5) didn't work. After many phone calls and a lot of dead-end online solutions, I was able to finally get it to work by the following:

    - "Accounts", "Microsoft Exchange Activ", then manually configure the setup per the following
    - E-Mail address: Enter in your email address
    - Domain/username: forwardslash and your email address (e.g. \yourname@email.com)
    - Password: Enter in your Office365/Outlook password
    - Exchange Server (THE BIGGIE): outlook.office365.com
    - Check the "Use Secure Connection (SSL)"
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    Default Re: Syncing Outlook.com with Android 4.4

    Any of these solutions (or any other solutions) offer a way to do alerts based on rules? Email from XXX with YYY in the subject = play alert sound 1. That kind of thing? The native email app doesn't support anything except the Preferred Sender List thing which is very lacking.
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    Talking Re: Syncing Outlook.com with Android 4.4

    Hi- thanks for the clarity on the post- nicely done and simple!

    Question for the contacts... can I edit my outlook contacts in the android stock contacts if using option 1?

    And does the contact pictures show in the stock contacts that are in Outlook 365?

    Thanks so much!

    David
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    Default Re: Syncing Outlook.com with Android 4.4

    Phone is a Nexus 5 running Kit Kat 4.4.4 through AT&T on a no-contract plan. I recently set up an Outlook.com account on my PC that syncs with my Outlook 2010 PC client (email, contacts, and calendar). Then I set up the Outlook.com app on my phone to sync with the Outlook.com account. So in essence it's Outlook 2010 as master, with Outlook.com web app and Outlook.com Android app. I have tried everything I know how to do to sync the phone's Calendar app with the Outlook.com account, which shows up in the Calendar app. The calendar won't download or sync, and I can't see any option for viewing it in the Outlook.com app, except the app DOES have Account Settings for Calendar and Contacts. But the "Touch to sync now" option works only on the Contacts, not the Calendar. Any ideas for how I can keep my Calendar synced would be greatly appreciated. My email provider tells me this account can only be accessed via IMAP or POP3, and of those two, Outlook.com only offered the POP3 option, so that's what I used to set it up. Help appreciated, of course. New to this forum, but I've viewed it many times, so it's time for me to join in and maybe help someone else when the time comes. Svenfran
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    Default Re: Syncing Outlook.com with Android 4.4

    Quote Originally Posted by Kelemvor33 View Post
    Any of these solutions (or any other solutions) offer a way to do alerts based on rules? Email from XXX with YYY in the subject = play alert sound 1. That kind of thing? The native email app doesn't support anything except the Preferred Sender List thing which is very lacking.
    I don't know how to do this. It's not something I've ever wanted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndroidHK View Post
    Hi- thanks for the clarity on the post- nicely done and simple!

    Question for the contacts... can I edit my outlook contacts in the android stock contacts if using option 1?

    And does the contact pictures show in the stock contacts that are in Outlook 365?

    Thanks so much!

    David
    Since my original post I have stopped using Outlook.com for my contacts and calender, but based on my original post and my recollection option 1 provides 2-way sync (ability to edit outlook contacts from the phone).

    I don't know about pictures - it's not something I remember testing.
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    Default Re: Syncing Outlook.com with Android 4.4

    Quote Originally Posted by Svenfran View Post
    Phone is a Nexus 5 running Kit Kat 4.4.4 through AT&T on a no-contract plan. I recently set up an Outlook.com account on my PC that syncs with my Outlook 2010 PC client (email, contacts, and calendar). Then I set up the Outlook.com app on my phone to sync with the Outlook.com account. So in essence it's Outlook 2010 as master, with Outlook.com web app and Outlook.com Android app. I have tried everything I know how to do to sync the phone's Calendar app with the Outlook.com account, which shows up in the Calendar app. The calendar won't download or sync, and I can't see any option for viewing it in the Outlook.com app, except the app DOES have Account Settings for Calendar and Contacts. But the "Touch to sync now" option works only on the Contacts, not the Calendar. Any ideas for how I can keep my Calendar synced would be greatly appreciated. My email provider tells me this account can only be accessed via IMAP or POP3, and of those two, Outlook.com only offered the POP3 option, so that's what I used to set it up. Help appreciated, of course. New to this forum, but I've viewed it many times, so it's time for me to join in and maybe help someone else when the time comes. Svenfran
    I'm not sure I understand your setup. You say Outlook 2010 is the master, however I'm not even sure how this would be done.
    I would say that Outlook.com should be the centralised master. Outlook 2010 & Outlook.com app on Android should both be clients to this master.

    Beyond saying that, unfortunately I can't help you troubleshoot your issue with the calendar on he phone as I've stopped using Outlook.com.
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    Default Re: Syncing Outlook.com with Android 4.4

    Quote Originally Posted by ozaz View Post
    I'm not sure I understand your setup. You say Outlook 2010 is the master, however I'm not even sure how this would be done.
    I would say that Outlook.com should be the centralised master. Outlook 2010 & Outlook.com app on Android should both be clients to this master.

    Beyond saying that, unfortunately I can't help you troubleshoot your issue with the calendar on he phone as I've stopped using Outlook.com.
    Thanks, ozaz. I used a Microsoft tool (Hotmail Connect, I think) to sync Outlook.com to Outlook 2010 on my PC, so I think changes to either sync two ways. Then I set up the Outlook.com on the phone. I'll keep researching and post the answer if I find it.
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    Default Re: Syncing Outlook.com with Android 4.4

    I have tried everything I know how to do to sync the phone's Calendar app with the Outlook.com account, which shows up in the Calendar app. The calendar won't download or sync, and I can't see any option for viewing it in the Outlook.com app, except the app DOES have Account Settings for Calendar and Contacts. But the "Touch to sync now" option works only on the Contacts, not the Calendar.
    I was having the same problem. I have a Galaxy S4 and was on Android 4.3, I use Exchange Active Sync for syncing my Outlook email and contacts, and the Outlook.com app to sync my Outlook calendars (because it supports multiple calendars). But I recently performed a factory data reset and upgraded to 4.4.2. Android's Automatic restore feature automatically restored most of my apps including Outlook.com. But, when I tried setup the calendar sync the option wasn't there, I was seeing the same behavior you are. I was able to fix it by deleting the cache and data and uninstalling the app in Settings/Application manager and then re-installing from Play Store. I suspect there was some problem with the Automatic restore.
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    Default Re: Syncing Outlook.com with Android 4.4

    I have a different issue with syncing my new Galaxy S5 to my laptop's Outlook 2007 program.
    On the phone, my default calendar is S Planner which opens a Google Calendar for me to enter details into. I've trialled it and it syncs perfectly with my laptop's Outlook program via Kies 3. But I'm not sure I want to use Google Calendar. It seems to be linked to my Google+ account which I hardly use and don't know the security settings of. If I use Google Calendar on my phone, is it possible that my calendar details might accidentally be able to be accessed by other people through my Google+ account?

    I want a private calendar that's only accessible by me on my phone and my laptop.

    Any help in achieving this will be most appreciated!
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    Default Re: Syncing Outlook.com with Android 4.4

    Hi Ozaz,

    Thanks for the writeup. With your help, I managed to configure to my liking the proper sync for Outlook.com account on my Note 2.

    Just to update you, not sure if there was an update somewhere or there is a new feature from Android 4.4.4 (am using Note 4 now). If you add the Outlook.com account as Exchange ActivSync in Note 4, multi-calendar is now supported including subscribed calendars. This is viewed by the S Calendar app (since I'm using the Note series of devices from Samsung). However, it will appear as 1 calendar under your Outlook.com name. So there is no way to edit it separately from the device itself. Hopefully they can do a proper multi-calendar sync with this method in the days to come so that we won't need to install the Outlook.com app.

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