How to Set Up an Account to Allow Pushing of Your iPad mini Calendar

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

If you work for a company that uses Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, calendar entries and meeting invitations from coworkers can be pushed to your iPad mini so that they show up on the screen moments after they’re entered, even if they’re entered on computers at work.

Setting up an account to facilitate this pushing of calendar entries to your iPad mini is a breeze, although you should check with your company’s tech or IT department to make sure that your employer allows it. Then follow these steps:

  1. Tap Settings→Mail, Contacts, Calendars→Add Account.

  2. From the Add Account list, tap Microsoft Exchange.

  3. Fill in the email address, username, password, and description fields, and then tap Next.

  4. If required, enter your server address on the next screen that appears.

    The iPad supports something called the Microsoft Autodiscovery service, which uses your name and password to automatically determine the address of the Exchange server. The rest of the fields should be filled in with the email address, username, password, and description you just entered.

  5. Tap Next.

  6. Tap the switch to turn on each information type that you want to synchronize using Microsoft Exchange.

    The options are Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and Reminders. You should be good to go now, although some employers may require you to add passcodes to safeguard company secrets.

If you have a business-issued iPad and it is lost or stolen — or it turns out that you’re a double agent working for a rival company — your employer’s IT administrators can remotely wipe your device clean.

Calendar entries can also be pushed as part of iCloud.