How to force a sync with Exchange server

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  1. AppleMicrosoft

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    I am syncrhonizing the notes, calendar, and contacts (not email) on my new iPhone SE (iOS 10) with an Exchange Server interface (AkrutoSync). It's not a full fledged exchange server. It simply presents an Exchange Server interface to the iPhone (or to an Android) to enable syncing with a Microsoft Outlook client running on a laptop or desktop.

    Of the phones that can interface with it, iPhone is apparently unique in that the user cannot manually trigger a sync. Syncs occur every 10-15 minutes, I'm told. In my case, the iPhone connects to AkrutoSync over my home WiFi network.

    Not being able to force a sync at will is a bit of a pain. If I create or delete an appointment on Outlook, I want to be able to synchronize at will. I don't want to wait an unknown length of time and hope that there was a sync. I might be headed out the door for some engagement.

    Is it in fact true that iOS will not allow me to force a sync at will? If not, then how does one force a sync? Simply switching to away from an app (notes, calendar, contacts) and swithcing back doesn't do it. Neither does putting the phone to sleep and reawakening it.
     
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    Based on responses from AkrutoSync and other forums, and verified by yours truly, pulling down on Calendar and Contacts lists causes a sync. There is no such feature for Notes, but the iPhone Notes app seems to automatically attempt a sync when I add/delete notes. Furthermore, if I add/delete notes on the Outlook client on the laptop, AkrutoSync seems to be able to initiate a sync. I am surprised by this push sync, as my settings on the iPhone was to sync manually. But as long as I can sync without waiting 5 to 15 minutes (or even 1 to 15 minutes), it has the effect I want. Furthermore, if the phone is off, and I add/delete a note, the phone seems to know that it has to attempt a sync when re-awakened. Whatever byzantine heuristics exist to govern the initiation of syncing under various situtations, the overall effect seems to be as desired.

    As for Fetch and Push, I have them all set to Manual. I don't want automatic.
     

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