Take the 2-minute tour ×
Android Enthusiasts Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for enthusiasts and power users of the Android operating system. It's 100% free, no registration required.

When I signed into my e-mail for work (we're on Microsoft Exchange) there were a number of server-specified security policies (See below) How do I avoid these?:

Device Administrators

I just received a Nexus 7 and signed into my work's exchange server. When I did so I told me that the server was requiring some security settings. I don't really like those. Especially the one (not really mentioned in the image) which disables NFC which I wish to use for Google Wallet.

So my question could be answered by:

  • A non-rooting method to disable these settings;
  • A different app which would allow me to still connect to the server but not enforce these security settings;
  • Anything else which I may be missing.
share|improve this question
I remember I found a modified email APK file, or at least the instructions to build it yourself. I just need to find it again! –  djechelon Aug 2 '12 at 18:32
It is good to find workarounds to these problems, but it may also be a violation of company policies. So, exercise caution. At the worst case, it may warrant dismissal, especially if confidential data gets into the wrong hands. –  geffchang Aug 26 '13 at 8:21

6 Answers 6

First off, talk to your Exchange administrators. See if they deliberately are setting the mobile device security settings so tightly. I would have a discussion with them to see if they can loosen up the security settings.

If you only want email you could try K-9 from the app store. It uses IMAP to get the mail from the server so your exchange server will have to have that turned on.

share|improve this answer
up vote 7 down vote accepted

A co-worker said he found a work-around with this app: Moxier Mail. I'm using the trial right now and I like it a lot. I really like that it lets me separate my work from the rest of my tablet. It also doesn't fall under the security requirements. It does require a pin for the app itself and there are useful widgets. All-in-all it seems even better than the built-in E-mail app. The full version's expensive, but my co-worker says it's worth it.

share|improve this answer

Here it is the modified Email.apk. (This is for Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.1 Only! )

This tool bypasses security restrictions (the client claims it will enforce the hard reset policies but it won't in fact).

Please use it with extreme caution. There is a specific reason why an administrator configures such a policy, and I would recommend it to everyone. If your phone gets stolen nobody will be able to read your company's email, which is a secret. Lots of industrial accidents occurred because employees lost their mobile devices (laptops included) with sensitive data not protected enough.

If you fear that a misconfiguration will someday format your device, backup is your best option!

share|improve this answer
Note that this Email.apk is only for a specific version of the OS on a specific device, and will not work for all devices. –  TREE Apr 11 '13 at 14:16

I wouldn't bet a non-root procedure exists to bypass Android server-enforced security policies. Even for rooted phones the procedure involves patching or directly replacing the existing email client (Email.apk), which isn't anything one could do without root privileges.

Anyway, extreme care must be taken as bypassing security checks you may not just be turning your device more vulnerable and yet most important, likely compromising the data it stores, but may as well be violating your working contract/Code of Conduct by doing so.

share|improve this answer
+1 for your second paragraph –  GAThrawn Apr 11 '13 at 14:40

You might want to try TouchDown (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nitrodesk.honey.nitroid&hl=en) It is not a free app, but it does work perfectly with my work email and calendar (ActiveSync) without enforcing those extremely restrictive security settings.

share|improve this answer
I use this app, but it still requires security policy. May I ask how you set it so that TouchDown does not set a security policy? –  Aaron Jan 27 '14 at 4:28
What I meant is that it does not enforce the security settings on the device. Password requirements etc. still apply for the TouchDown app itself. –  friederbluemle Jan 27 '14 at 8:54
Great suggestion. Thanks! –  hadi Nov 19 '14 at 12:03

I had some luck with Enhanced Email. It does exactly what you are looking for - it lets you override the security setting enforced by your admin. It worked with exchange 2003, but I haven't tested with exchange 2010 or 2013. I got the application for free from the Amazon app store a while ago and it is been working fine on my GS3 phone.

share|improve this answer
I cant see this option in enhanced mail. Can you ellaborate? –  Mick Aug 19 '13 at 14:49

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.