This article applies to Exchange accounts on Android devices.

Note: Microsoft has depricated SMS synching feature from Exchange 2016. The feature is currently supported by Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2013.

On some Android devices SMS messages synchronized with your Inbox by default when you create an Exchange account.

To receive SMS separately from emails, you need to edit Exchange Account settings:

Open Settings on the device and navigate to

Accounts > Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync

Tap on Settings
Select the mail account
Scroll down the list of settings and uncheck Sync SMS option

Note: To switch off SMS sync feature on Samsung device, navigate to Settings > Apps > Email > Scroll Down > Permissions and remove SMS from the list.