When I used Android 4.4 (KitKat) on my Nexus 5 I could ignore certain security policies such as a requirement to have a PIN code to unlock the lock screen. After upgrading to Lollipop and the move of Exchange e-mail from the separate E-Mail application to GMail this is no longer possible. Are there any workarounds? E.g., when I used Android 2, there was a hacked version of the E-mail app apk floating around that told the server it enforced the security policies but in fact ignored them.

I have seen a lot of similar questions, e.g.,

How can I override the Device Administrator security policy so that I can disable the lock screen?

ActiveSync/Exchange security policy

etc but they are all for older versions of Android.

(For everyone that is gonna whine about security policies in my employment agreement, I demanded, and it got approved, a clause that guaranteed me to have root privilegies or equivalent on all my personal IT equipment. My manager accepts this but the IT department is in a different universe. Taking this issue/the IT department to court for breach of contractual agreement is, for obvious reasons, not an option.)

  • Noname asks for clarification (lacking the rep for a comment): Did you insert the code to bypass exchange security - follow the instructions on their website! Alternatively download the Patched Gmail app here.
    – Izzy
    Commented Dec 12, 2014 at 17:03
  • I used Mailwise
    – d-b
    Commented Dec 13, 2014 at 20:12

1 Answer 1


Try the Mail Wise app. It bypasses Exchange security, but you won't be able to use the Gmail app.

For details, read this Mail Wise FAQ.


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