Sync selective folders via ActiveSync

Posted on 2013-07-01
Last Modified: 2016-07-06
Wanted to know if ActiveSync can be configured to allow selective folders to sync on iOS/Androied devices. Is there ActiveSync policies which allow to sync selected folders ?.
Are there MDM solution which can deploy EAS profiles to allow restricted folder sync ?
Functionality is available in Blackberry selected folders can be allowed to sync on devices
Question by:lbeach94
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Alan Hardisty earned 500 total points
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There is nothing available (to my knowledge) that allows you (the admin) to restrict which folders can be synced to an iPhone or Android device.

You can selectively pick and choose which folders you want to automatically sync on an iPhone, but you can't be stopped from syncing a folder because your Admin users has put a block on it.

What are you trying to restrict and why?


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Tried selectively pick and choose folders via Mail Folders to Push ,but this doesn't work. un-selected folders and messages are still visible in the eMail application

We are looking for BES similar functionality to sync inbox message and selective folder/messages if required
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by:Alan Hardisty
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An iPhone/iPad will sync specifically selected folders (if selected on the device).

I use that on mine and it works extremely well.  You can't control it on the Admin side, but it can be done.

Can't talk about Androids as I don't do Androids.

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Thanks the update. But selected folders on any iOS device doesn't work . Technically all folder & messages can be seen on device.
Below is how selective folder sync settings were set on iOs device..

Settings -> Mail, contacts, Calendar -> select ActiveSync enable account under Accounts--> Mail Folders to Push, selected only inbox, other folders were un-selected. but email can be viewed in unselected folders on device

Do you use MDM to deploy ActiveSync profile?


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by:Alan Hardisty
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All folders can be seen on an iOS device, but they do not automatically sync unless selected manually.

If a folder is opened on an iDevice, then the mail will be downloaded and is viewable.

Which MDM product are you looking at?

I don't personally use any MDM products.

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My initial comment answers the question - it's not possible:



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