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.
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.
Until corporate IT stops rolling this out and jammin it down our throats, you will continue to see MSFT push you to how they think you to manage BYOD.
I personally will not install this on my personal iPhone until I am able to edit my managers calendar from my iPhone through the native calendar app as I have for years with other solutions.
To anyone still trying to do this, Intune lets you push an active sync profile for iphones now that you can specify is for calendar and/or contacts only and is locked. This would provide the same level of functionality.
It is astounding that after 3 years this issue has not yet been remedied. For Microsoft to be this BYOD unfriendly is incredible.
So true that adding sync to native calendar app would exponentially improve receptiveness to corporate Intune MAM rollout. Users are passionate about having a one-calendar lens to their schedule, and iPhone users in particular want that one calendar to be the native one.
It is worth considering that the Contact Sync is only 1 way. (Outlook > Native)
We already have users who create new contacts in the Native Contact App and wonder why they don't sync back, or worse why they've lost them if their device has been replaced and no amount of user guidance will prevent this as it's not logical to them.
I can see this being the same issue with the Native Calendar App if such a thing was introduced unless Apple finally decide to unlock their eco-system to allow 2 way syncs.
Patricia Davis-Muffett commented
I just joined a new company that uses this device management scenario. I assumed I was doing something wrong because I couldn’t believe that anyone would value their employees’ time so little that they would alllow this across an enterprise. This is an enormous inefficiency that wastes time and money.
We are in the process of replacing native iOS email, calendar and contact profiles with Outlook for iOS across 10,000+ devices. A large proportion of our users expect to be able to see personal and business appointments side by side on one Calendar. Having two separate apps for Calendar isn't going to be popular and may end up halting our migration. This really needs addressing as a priority.
Add another vote to offer the ability to integrate. Beyond absurd to not have that ability and exceptionally frustrating.
Dmitry Freydin commented
Vote for it
If Microsoft does not add a feature to sync the calendar from Outlook for iOS to the native calendars, it renders the app pretty much useless, since I and many other users will not use the Outlook for iOS since we cannot keep switching between our primary (native iOS calendar) and the Outlook calendar. It is not intuitive in any way
there is solution, at least for seeing calendar not adding, and you cannot see personal meetings.
Log into outlook web app OWA and go to calendar and right top corner click Share Calendar. Enter the personal email address of the person(s) you use on iPhone. This sends an email to the user in question to accept the shared calendar invitation.
GO TO MAIL app and check mailbox
There is big blue button but it does not worked for me. Bellow it you can see link add URL. Click on it and calendar is added. GO TO Calendar app and voila :)