I was going to set up my Lumia 1020 to connect to my company's Exchange server, in order to have work e-mail on my phone.

But when I go to do so, I see this message:

If you're adding a business Exchange account, your network administrator will be able to remotely delete your content and settings from your phone.

I also found this, which is more explicit:

Windows® Phone 8 Privacy Statement

If you set up an Outlook Exchange account on your phone, your network administrator will be able to apply policies to your phone that allow them to require you to use a lock screen password or to disable your SD card. The administrator may also be able to remotely wipe all the content of your phone (including content that is not company-related).

Is there a way I can set up the connection to Exchange without allowing this? For instance, by using IMAP or POP instead?

  • Only if they allow pp/IMAP access, or a web frontend. I wouldn't worry about it, the Exchange Administrator was always able to do this with your content. – Wayne In Yak Sep 13 '13 at 19:58
  • @WayneInYak, as I understand it, it's saying he/she can wipe all of my content, not just my Exchange content. If it were just Exchange content, I wouldn't care. – Kyralessa Sep 13 '13 at 20:45
  • If a company phone then yes MS has tools to do that. If your own phone then no or at least I am not aware of this being possible. – Wayne In Yak Sep 16 '13 at 16:04
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    @WayneInYak, read the above. It doesn't say the administrator can only wipe a company phone. It says the administrator can wipe any Windows phone with an Outlook Exchange account set up on it, regardless of whom the phone belongs to. – Kyralessa Sep 16 '13 at 18:09
  • It doesn't say can, it says may. May as if it is a company phone, probably not if it is a personal phone. – Wayne In Yak Sep 16 '13 at 18:13

If your email provider offers POP3/SMTP or IMAP/SMTP server endpoints, then you can use them. One of Windows Phone's strengths is the ability for the enterprise to enforce policies. This is the same type of policy that the admin would enforce for laptops and other business assets.

I would ask your IT department what they offer in terms of access.


It's best to speak to your local firendly IT dept - they should have a policy as to when they would do something like wipe your phone. For example, where I work, a device would only be wiped if reported stolen to the IT dept (to protect intelectual property, etc.). It is my understaning that removing the Exchange account removes their ability to do this, too.

They would also be able to advise if they allow IMAP or POP3 access (their security policy may not allow this)

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