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tibo1010
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Dear All,

 

Can anyone confirm whether the Android swipe pattern unlock feature is supported / can be enabled on Exchange Server 2013? Currently when I create a mobile mailbox policy I have the option to "require a password" and to enable and set "minimum password length" but there I can't see where to enable to Android swipe pattern unlock feature.

 

Any comments  / suggestions would be greatly appreciated

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Solution
Hi!

AFAIK Exchange 2013 only natively supports PIN and passcode, not swipe/pattern. Even today, there are uservoices open to support pattern unlock in Office 365

https://office365.uservoice.com/forums/273493-office-365-admin/suggestions/10009230-android-pattern-...

https://office365.uservoice.com/forums/289138-office-365-security-compliance/suggestions/34525354-en...

And Intune

https://microsoftintune.uservoice.com/forums/291681-ideas/suggestions/31792357-e-add-allow-pattern-u...

Which are later than 2013. There seems to be an older article out there which references a workaround applying a policy which doesn’t require a password however I would not recommend this.

I would personally go with PIN on the devices considering its natively supported.

Hope that answers your question.

Best, Chris

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