Sync Outlook for iOS Calendars to iOS native Calendar app
This is now available for Contact sync in the Account settings (Within the Outlook app on iOS device, Settings>Tap the account>Toggle on "Save Contacts"> tap "Save to My iPhone" at prompt "Would you like to save your [#] Outlook contacts to your iPhone?" > Tap "OK" to allow Outlook to sync Contacts to the iOS Contacts app.) It would really help user buy in to Intune if there was a similar option to sync calendars to the native iOS calendar app.
May I add the following? Not quite the same, but related.
On the Outloop app on Ios, you can only turn on all notifications. Not just those for calendar or those for e-mail. All or nothing.
So basically I have the choice of not being warned when I have an appointment or going crazy because of an overload of warnings about new mail. Frustrating.
In my case: also company policy. I'd rather use native apps in combination with the formidable Weekcalendar. Being able to sync Calendars from within Outlook would at least solve my calender problem, I guess.
Chiming in here, to no fault of our own my company has now forced the Outlook app as the ONLY way to pull email and calendars, and as I manage my work + life on this one phone, this is now a huge pain **********. I'm not able to add the Exchange credentials to calendar anymore, so I'm just trying to figure out some way do see my work + personal calendars in one view.
Boyan Biandov commented
LOL "add exchange account" - if that's the remedy then why bother with the Microsoft app at all... oh boy still the same Microsoft. The key of iOS is its native apps power, the phone, iMessage, Calendar, you name it. If an external app can not integrate seamlessly with the native iOS then why bother making an Outlook app? Even if one does go to Outlook, settings, clicks "save contacts" what happens is that the contacts are saved locally on the iPhone AND iCloud contacts IS REQUIRED. I mean how much more backwards can you get. And all of this because the native contacts default account CAN NOT integrate with the Outlook app.
Abdo Aslan commented
Contact syncing works great. Calender sync is the next step.
Pankaj Dhodre commented
People invest in iPhones to increase productivity & such restrictions add blockers to the optimum use of iPhone capabilities. iOS calendar sync with Office 365 should be allowed via intune.
It would be really useful!!
F. Dang commented
Really a must have !
cannot understand its still an issue at end of 2020....
vote for calendar sync with ios native calendar.
How is this not a thing? I understand security, so it should at least be a 1-way sync just like Contacts is for Intune (which is also silly, but at least it's 1-way vs nothing). Please fix Microsoft!
James Bland commented
@Jay, I don't believe Apple is blocking this. Apps that the user approve can read and write to the native contact store. Not sure there's an Apple technical reason that Outlook contacts are mentioned to be read only.
Of course the issue if the user adds a new contact is there's no way to know if it was personal or work and hence if Outlook should sync it back.
I don't think that issue would be there with the calendar though because Outlook could create a new one rather than dropping them into the users personal calendar. Hence it would be clear and 2 way sync should work fine.
I have BYOD (iPhone) and it works.
Install intune and make sure device is compliant and can get access to company profile.
On iPhone Go to settings - accounts and passwords - add exchange account. Use your company mail login. The system will take you to your company page and you might need a code for 2 way auth.
Select the items you want to sync to the account.
Go to calendar - add calendar - select your just added work account. And there it is. You can now see your meetings in the native iOS calendar app
This feature appears to be coming for Android, Roadmap ID 63429. I still don't see anything for iOS though.
Absolutely unacceptable to not be able to sync your Outlook app calendar with native iCal on iPhone on BYOD. FIX THIS MICROSOFT! Massive oversight!
Not just iOS. Android users would also love to sync calendars with the native app
I'm trying to force my users to use Intune MAM Policies, but this kind of gaps make it harder and harder.
In response to the 6/12 comment on a workaround...
That will only work if you allow sharing outside your organization, which has different settings at the tenant level. We only allow "availability" (free/busy) to be shared outside our organization.
The workaround I found for this for iPhones:
1. Have the user log into their work account here: https://outlook.office365.com
2. Click on the calendar icon in the lower left, then click the share button in the upper right, and send the calendar to to their personal email address (what they used to set up their iPhone).
3a. When they get the invitation email, they can either click accept (if their personal account is also Outlook), or:
3b. They'll have to copy the link from the email, go into the iOS Settings -> Accounts & Passwords, add account, other, subscribed calendar, and paste the URL from the email.
4. Work calendar will now show up in iOS Calendar app. If you add a new work event via work Outlook, it'll take a few minutes to show up in the iOS Calendar app.
We use Conditional Access policies in InTune to block non-approved apps, but this seems to work for calendar syncing.
To the anonymous comment from March 25, 2020.. that only works if your iphone is a managed device - then you can create an iOS device profile to do this. It doesn't work if your iPhones (or androids) are BYOD unmanaged devices.