I added an Exchange account to my personal iPhone via Settings. Afterward I got a warning that an Exchange admin would have the ability wipe the phone remotely.

Does deleting the account eliminate that ability?


To look for installed profiles that could enable wiping your device, take a look at System Preferences > General > Profiles.

The listing is usually near the bottom, above Shut Down, Reset, Legal & Regulatory and below Languages & Region, Dictionary, and VPN.

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  • Thanks. I don't see "Profiles" listed under Setting > General. Not sure if it was there before I deleted the Exchange account. Do you know where I can find documentation about all this? Want to make sure the ability to wipe the phone remotely is eliminated. – Ratzkiwatzki Oct 26 at 12:23
  • Mobile Device Management Overview, Deployment Reference for iPhone and iPad should explain how it works. Some ideas to be more certain are to add a profile, such as the iOS beta channel from Apple. Then you can delete that profile, and make sure there are no others listed. If you don't let your phone update the OS, temporarily having the beta channel profile shouldn't affect your phone. You could also take it to the genius bar. – Randall65378 Oct 26 at 16:56

Not necessarily.

Open the settings app and look for profiles. Unless there is a profile for MDM or device erasure, then the exchange admin can only recall Mail access and remove the app, not wipe your iPhone.

You can attach a screen shot of the exact message you have or your profile settings if you want to be sure we understand exactly what settings you agreed to and how your Exchange is set up.

One thing, the profile section is hidden if you have none, so a quick search at the top of the settings app will take you there if you have installed any MDM profiles.

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  • Thanks. Where in Settings can I find the profiles to look for MDNM or device erasure? Under Passwords and Accounts? – Ratzkiwatzki Oct 26 at 2:49
  • See the edit @Ratzkiwatzki great question, you won’t see a profile section if there are none. – bmike Oct 26 at 2:52

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