Best Practice: How to synchronize Office 365 Contacts to your Android Phones and Tablets

Microsoft Office 365 is a cloud service including Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and other solutions. Office 365 comes with three stores for contact data:

  • Exchange Global Adress List of Exchange Online
  • Exchange Contact Folders in Shared Mailboxes and Public Folders
  • SharePoint Lists with addresses or other contact information

This data can be accesses on your PC with Microsoft Outlook or a Web Browser. To bring the address book data from Office 365 to your Android SmartPhones and Tablets, PeopleSync is a great solution. PeopleSync is able to sync the GAL, Contact Folders and SharePoint Lists to Android SmartPhone and Tablet or other devices and applications. PeopleSync works with Office 365 as well as the on-premise servers, such as Exchange Server and SharePoint Server.

Googles operating system Android gained a huge market share and powers many smartphones and tablets. The PeopleSync Server is capable of bringing you Office 365 Contacts to your Android SmartPhones and Tablets as well as to other mobile devices. The contacts can be syncronized via CardDAV or accessed online via LDAP. As Google does not provide these protocols in the native operating system, you need to install an app to communicate with PeopleSync. messageconcept provides the free CardDAV-Client PeopleSync App for download in the Google PlayStore. The app comes with an AutoDiscover functionality to find configure the server settings automatically. Alternatively several 3rd party Android apps for CardDAV and LDAP are available.

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