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How to get your Exchange email back in Android Lollipop

EmailAndroid Lollipop has been working beautifully for me for the past few days, except for one glaring problem: there is no support for Exchange email!

I understand that this is still a preview, even if it is quite usable and stable, and bugs or oversights are bound to happen. Or, perhaps this was intentional – maybe Google didn’t want potentially sensitive corporate information playing with unfinished software. Whatever the case, it’s easy enough to get Exchange email back on your device running the Android Lollipop preview.

Just follow these steps:

  1. Disable the pre-installed, Material-design Email app on your device. (This isn’t necessary, but I did it to avoid confusion with the old Email app.)
  2. Install the old Email app from the Google Play Store.
  3. Install the old Exchange Services APK from a KitKat device. If you don’t have this, search Google for it. (Hint: It’s on XDA and even Google’s own Issue Tracker forum.)

That’s it! You can now open the old Email app and add an Exchange account as normal, with full contact and calendar syncing, which isn’t available with IMAP.

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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