I have a Google Apps account and an Office 365 account that both have the same username — my primary email address. Long story short, I used to use Google Apps for email/calendar/contacts and all other Google services, but eventually switched for a variety of non-negotiable reasons to Office 365. I kept the Google Apps account and simply turned off email/calendar services by changing out my MX, SPF, etc. records. Kept the Google account because there’s a lot of other data from Google’s other services that are associated with that account which I’d like to keep, and because that Google login is the openid associated with scores of other websites.
So on a new Google Pixel, migrating from iPhone, I set it up to login to the Google account. In the OS settings, I also added my Office 365 exchange login, which of course uses an identical username even if they are totally different services. Android does not allow this and is quite clear with its error — can’t have two accounts of the same username.
I could install the Microsoft Outlook app and connect directly through that. I wouldn’t want to use Android’s built in email and calendar apps anyway; I actually prefer the Outlook app. However, I want my exchange contacts and calendar data exposed to the whole OS, not just inside Outlook — as such, I need to login at the OS/settings level. Incidentally, Google Assistant is not able to pull calendar data from anywhere but a system-level login too.
I believe this to be an Android limitation because, (A) iOS has never had an issue logging into both Google and Exchange accounts at the OS level with the same username; (B) the same problem also manifested in exactly the same way on other Android phones, including an HTC and a Samsung Galaxy, both of which had their own overlays over Android and had the same underlying problem.
Can anyone help me understand the rationale for this? I returned the Pixel, but am dying to migrate away from iOS — Batterygate now elevates my exit urgency too. But this is a show stopper unless I can figure out how to fix it.
I thought about changing the username/primary email address of the Google Apps account, and tried it for a brief second before realizing it broke the openid login for dozens upon dozens of other sites that login through Google.
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