Google Calendar/Contact and now Gmail Sync

Google Over-the-Air Sync

UPDATE!!!!!!!

Today, Google announced that they are adding Gmail support to Google Sync. This will allow users to get push notification for their Gmail emails on both the iPhone and iPod touch.

Using Google Sync, you can now get your Gmail messages pushed directly to your phone. Having an over-the-air, always-on connection means that your inbox is up to date, no matter where you are or what you’re doing. Sync works with your phone’s native email application so there’s no additional software needed. Only interested in syncing your Gmail, but not your Calendar? Google Sync allows you to sync just your Contacts, Calendar, or Gmail, or any combination of the three.

If you already have Google Sync set-up on your iPhone for syncing Contacts and/or Calendar… you should be able to just toggle the Mail option On and the push notification will be automatically enabled. If you do not have Google Sync set-up yet, check out Google’s guide below.

Google Sync does use an Exchange account so, if you already have one Exchange account set-up on your device… you are out on Google Sync.…

Well whatdaya know! Only yesterday I posted about Nuevasync, a handy service to wirelessly sync your google calendar and contacts over the air, and low and behold Google has just released their own service!

It works great and is dead simple to setup. BUT BE WARNED, YOU MUST SYNC ALL YOUR CONTACT AND CALENDAR INFORMATION TO GOOGLE BEFORE YOU SET UP THIS SERVICE! In other words, if you haven’t synced google contacts with outlook or similar Mac application yet, then do that first. The same goes for calendar entries.

If you are happy that google has all your contacts and calendar info online, then you are good to go!

The following is taken from Google’s on blog:

Google SyncBeta for your iPhone

Synchronize the built-in calendar and contacts on your iPhone with your Google account.

  • Get Google Calendar events on your device
  • View multiple Calendars in different colors
  • Synchronize your Contacts with Google
  • Have changes pushed directly to your phone
During Sync setup, the iPhone will delete your contacts and calendar information. Please back up your data:
PC instructionsMac instructions.

Get Google Sync on your iPhone

This service is free from Google; carrier charges may apply.

Features

Synchronize your contacts. Get your Google contacts quickly and easily to your iPhone. With Sync, you can have access to your address book at anytime and place that you need it.

Get calendar alerts. Using your iPhone’s native calendar, you can now access multiple Google calendars, and be alerted for upcoming appointments with sound or vibration.

Always in sync. Your calendar and contacts stay synchronized whether you access them from your iPhone or from your computer. Add or edit contacts or calendar entries right on your device or on your Google account on the web.

Important! Google Sync uses the Microsoft© Exchange ActiveSync© protocol. When setting up a new Exchange ActiveSync account on your iPhone, all existing Contacts and Calendar events will be removed from your phone. Please make sure to back up any important data before you set up Google Sync.

This service is free from Google; carrier charges may apply.

Sync: Contacts Upload via iTunes (Mac)

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When setting up Google Sync on your iPhone or iPod touch device for Contacts, the iPhone will delete all Contacts. Please safely backup all your iPhone Contacts to Google before setting up Sync.Only the following information can be backed up:

  • People’s names and job titles
  • Company names
  • Email and postal addresses
  • Phone numbers
  • IM names, including the type of service
  • Notes

Other information, like custom ringtones and photos, are not backed up. Please sync them to your Mac address book first.

Backup Instructions

1. Connect your iPhone or iPod Touch to your computer using the USB cable.
2. Open the iTunes application.
3. Select your iPhone and click Info.
4. Check the Sync Google Contacts option.
5. Enter your Google username and password.

6. Press Apply to sync your device with iTunes.

(Note: After you have completed this step, your iPhone may contain unwanted Contacts from your Google account. Most of these will be removed when you complete Step 7 and sync your iPhone directly with Google.)

Sync: Contacts Upload via iTunes (PC)

When setting up Google Sync on your iPhone or iPod touch device for Contacts, the iPhone will delete all Contacts. Please safely backup all your iPhone Contacts to Google before setting up Sync.Only the following information can be backed up:

  • People’s names and job titles
  • Company names
  • Email and postal addresses
  • Phone numbers
  • IM names, including the type of service
  • Notes

Other information, like custom ringtones and photos, are not backed up. Please sync them to Outlook first.

Backup Instructions

1. Connect your iPhone or iPod Touch to your computer using the USB cable.
2. Open the iTunes application.
3. Select your iPhone and click the Info tab.
4. Check the Sync Contacts with option and select Google Contacts from the drop-down menu.
5. Click Configure and enter your Google username and password.

6. Press Apply to sync your device with iTunes.

(Note: After you have completed this step, your iPhone may contain unwanted Contacts from your Google account. Most of these will be removed when you complete Step 7 and sync your iPhone directly with Google.)

Sync: Set Up Your iPhone or iPod Touch

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To set up Google Sync on your iPhone or iPod Touch device, please follow the steps below.

Requirements and Back Up

1. Make sure your device has version 2.2 firmware or above. You can check your current version by going to Settings > About > Version.
To upgrade, follow the instructions at http://www.apple.com/iphone/softwareupdate/.

2. Back up any Contacts and Calendars from your phone to your computer before proceeding. The iPhone will delete Contacts and Calendars during setup.
Learn how to backup your Contacts with iTunes: PC UsersMac Users.

Getting Started

1. Open the Settings application on your device’s home screen.
2. Open Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
3. Tap Add Account….
4. Select Microsoft Exchange.

Enter Account Info

5. In the Email field, enter the name of the account (anything you’d like).
6. Leave the Domain field blank.
7. Enter your full Google Account email address as the Username.
8. Enter your Google Account password as the Password.
9. Tap Next at the top of your screen.
10. A new Server field will appear. Enter m.google.com.
11. Press Next at the top of your screen again.

12. Select the Google services you want to sync. Currently only Contacts and Calendar are supported.
Make sure that you have backed up your data before proceeding.

13. Press Sync twice when warned about data loss.

You’ve set up Google Sync for your iPhone. Synchronization will begin automatically if you have Push enabled on your phone. You can also open the Calendar or Contacts app and wait a few seconds to start a sync.

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6 Responses to Google Calendar/Contact and now Gmail Sync

  1. knottsav says:

    Hi there, new to iPhone and all this jazz. If I use this google sync method to keep my calendar and contacts in sync with my gmail account, it is using push and hence the internet data pricing will occur correct? I am on the Telecom XT network prepaid. So I assume having this on will be using at least the minimum of $1 per day data correct?

    • iphoneguynz says:

      Yes you are right- if you have setup to recieve data on the phone and your are away from a wifi connection, then you will incur data charges. I know that sucks, but the whole syncing thing is great!

      Cheers,

      Ants

      • knottsav says:

        hmmm…so if I am within my WiFi environments it’ll use it before the 3G? (that would be useful – just be careful about where I let it sync)

  2. JH says:

    this is an awesome tip
    cheers.

  3. thank you :D says:

    thank you :D…

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