Outlook for Android supports Android and Tizen wearable technology. When the Outlook app is installed on the wearable, the user can receive message notifications and event reminders, interact with messages, and view daily calendars. For data to synchronize to the Outlook app installed on Android or Tizen wearable devices, the wearable must be connected to the Android device via Bluetooth.
By default, Outlook for Android supports a model where wearable sync is enabled.
For more information on what Outlook scenarios are specifically supported on Tizen wearables, see https://galaxystore.samsung.com/geardetail/com.microsoft.office.outlook.tizen.
For Exchange Online and on-premises customers leveraging hybrid modern authentication, Microsoft offers an in-market solution where Intune customers can leverage Intune App Protection Policies to disable wearable technology. This solution prevents any data from being synchronized to the wearable device from the work or school account when protected by an Intune App Protection Policy. For more information, see Deploying Outlook for iOS and Android app configuration settings.
Today, Outlook for Android does not provide a mechanism to control wearables for non-Intune customers.
Outlook for Android does support Exchange’s mobile device mailbox policy framework. Outlook for Android consumes the mobile device mailbox policy and acts based on what policy settings are configured. The mobile device mailbox policy is evaluated when Outlook for Android connects to Exchange Online. Today, Outlook for Android only supports the PIN and encryption client policy settings (see Managing Outlook for iOS and Android for more information).
Beginning the week of August 31st, 2020, Outlook for Android will be extending its support of mobile device mailbox policy settings to include the AllowBluetooth setting which will be used to disable wearable sync for those customers that do not have Microsoft Intune. While the setting in an Exchange ActiveSync world controls whether Bluetooth on the mobile device is enabled or disabled, Outlook is repurposing this control to manage the app’s wearable sync state because:
When Outlook consumes the Exchange mobile device mailbox policy, Outlook will act on the AllowBluetooth setting’s value when an Intune App Protection Policy is not applied to the work or school account:
Your organization will likely fall into one of these categories:
If your organization would like to disable the synchronization of Outlook for Android data onto Android or Tizen wearables, you have two options:
Going forward, Exchange customers will have two different options for managing the wearable sync state with Outlook for Android. Intune customers can adopt Intune App Protection Policies to disable the app’s wearable sync for the work or school account. Likewise, customers without Intune can leverage the AllowBluetooth Exchange mobile device mailbox policy setting to disable the app’s wearable sync for the work or school account.
Ross Smith IV
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