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  • Google Sync Beta Arrives on iPhone


    Syncing the iPhone can be inconvenient. You have to plug in the phone etc etc etc to make sure your contacts and calendars are backed up. If you're like me you get caught with new contacts and calendars on your iPhone, forget to sync to the computer, and then lose them all on a restore (presumably after you ****** up with some sort of modding).

    To date probably the simplest way around this problem is the mac solution of MobileMe which syncs your contacts and calendars over-the-air to your account and then to your computer. The problem? MobileMe costs some $$$.

    Enter the Google. Something super simple, uses the iPhone's built in functionality (no extra app needed), and best of all Free.

    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.

    To get everything set up and going just follow Google's simple instructions to prepare your data on Google, and then to setup your iPhone. Bam. Done. Simple. Syncd. Free.

    beware all your contacts and calendars currently on your phone will be replaced while getting set up

    oh and Google made a video about it
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google Sync Beta Arrives on iPhone started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 82 Comments
    1. andygev35's Avatar
      andygev35 -
      EDIT: I use NemusSync for calendars, not NuvaSync
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Interesting. OK, someone please walk me through this.

      Currently I sync Outlook/iPhone with iTunes. I've never setup any Google/PC/iPhone contact sync before. Yes to Google calendar sync (PC is always the master)

      How will this new Google sync integrate with the 3 Google/Outlook/iPhone)?
      If I'm reading correctly, Google to/from iPhone is Push.... then iPhone to Outlook remains the same (with iTunes/Outlook sync?)

      Outlook is my primary source .... and should remain that way (I think)
    1. jbode's Avatar
      jbode -
      Looks great, I'll try it out.

      Most Google products are worth trying.
    1. esmandau's Avatar
      esmandau -
      MobileMe beats it all the way,
      For only $69.99 A Year You Get...

      - Aliases (TOP FEATURE FOR ME)
      - Photo Management Web Based (Superior like no other)
      - iDisk
      - Bookmark Syncing.... OMFG.... Does GMail PRovide it?
      - iCal
      - Mail
      - Manage Ext. eMails
      - WebSite Management.... For that price only?

      Are you sure something like that will be better than @Me? Just because its free?

      better say you can't afford it. its ok.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by esmandau View Post
      better say you can't afford it. its ok.
      That's cool but for those of us who just want calendar and contacts (which google does better than anything else, for free) it's nice to know that we now don't have to go out of the way to get over-the-air sync. For free. Should I ever want a bunch of things besides those two things, I'll give me.com a look. But for the most part, I've already integrated myself pretty well to Google. I use Picasa for picture management and my own personal website for storage, so I don't really need @me even though I could afford it.

      But go ahead and keep making stupid generalizations of the people who will use this.
    1. w0by's Avatar
      w0by -
      I'd personally rather just go with the free ZybSync that's been available on AppStore forever. It's free and fast. Won't delete your contacts either. Just click Sync and it does it over Edge/3G quickly.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by w0by View Post
      I'd personally rather just go with the free ZybSync that's been available on AppStore forever. It's free and fast. Won't delete your contacts either. Just click Sync and it does it over Edge/3G quickly.
      Deleting when starting to and stopping sync from an exchange account is just a security feature. If a work phone under exchange is lost they can just cancel the account and when the phone can't sync it deletes all info on it. This is a pretty good thing to have.

      For the consumer all it means is that you need to spend maybe 10 minutes backing your contacts once, migrating them to google, and then never having to worry about it again. Even if you switch to another phone, you can just re-sync and have everything as you had it before.
    1. drtybrd61's Avatar
      drtybrd61 -
      Quote Originally Posted by reanimationxp View Post
      ..what? how could this possibly be useful if it deletes all the numbers in my phone on the first use?? this has to be incorrect.

      edit: just checked. Google instructs you to back up all your contacts to their service before doing this, as it does infact delete all contacts since it uses Exchange to achieve the sync.

      Use the instructions below to back up your contacts via iTunes to Gmail BEFORE setting your phone up for sync.

      Contacts Upload via iTunes (PC) - Mobile Help

      its actually the way the iPhone does sync. i deletes all the information (contacts, calenders, etc) currently on your phone. i'm pretty sure that its not google that's deleting your info.




      btw, has anyone figured out how to, if possible, control the color of your calendars?
    1. jimbodude's Avatar
      jimbodude -
      this would be great if I could get outlook to also sync my contacts and calendar (google calendar sync only does one calendar)
    1. Lajcik's Avatar
      Lajcik -
      Now how about syncing birthdays and contact pictures and also not trashing my contact list with all the picked up email addresses, thank you.
    1. skizo's Avatar
      skizo -
      1. Why the heck do companies always make these things go one way? My phone is far more up-to-date than my email account. Why can't I update my email acct with my phone??

      2. Why can't this be done with a wire? Not everyone needs/uses wifi. :/
    1. iChopPryde's Avatar
      iChopPryde -
      OK this might be a dumb question but I have a few I really want to use this I am a current user of Mobile me but this seems to do the exact same thing I use a mac and I still want to be able to use iCal and Mail that is already installed I was reading further that when I have to back up my contacts it won't save the pictures I put for all my contacts. So basically these are my questions if anyone can help.

      1. Will I still be able to use Address Book, iCal and Mail to do my work and will it then sync it to google then to my phone and vice versa?

      2. When I upload my contacts to google will I have to add pictures to all my contacts again or is there some easy way to get them back on?

      3. I tried uploading my contacts from address book by exporting when I try to upload on google it says loading but it did that for over half an hour I am assuming it doesn't recognize the Mac way of saving files its more designed for outlook is there anyway I can do this easily?

      4. How good is this so far cause I am a little nervous to do this as I don't want to lose my data or get my info all messed up causing me to have to start over!

      5. I can do this anywhere from wifi, Edge or 3G correct?
    1. matt.superman's Avatar
      matt.superman -
      well i tried this and it seems to be alright but it doesnt update my contacts on gmail.
    1. Hellbuster's Avatar
      Hellbuster -
      I only get one of my 6 calendars (one for each of my subjects at school). how come?
    1. khoon's Avatar
      khoon -
      Tried it and it works like a charm for the Calendar function. However, Contacts is a whole different story - can't believe Google actually expects people to regress on functionality (rather - lack thereof) - their Contact app is abysmal! Can't believe that Google would do such a shoddy job on a key application.
    1. Cuongism's Avatar
      Cuongism -
      Quote Originally Posted by Hellbuster View Post
      I only get one of my 6 calendars (one for each of my subjects at school). how come?
      You have to set it up to add additional calendars and as of right now, it'll only do 5 calendars because it is beta. I hear it'll be unlimited calendars once it's out of beta. From your phone, go to m.google.com/sync, go to settings, and then you'll see a list of your calendars with checkboxes next to them. Obviously, check up to five boxes. (As with any Exchange account, Apple automatically color codes them in the order they are listed so the colors generally don't match Google's Calendars. This is on Apple's end, not Google)
      I think it's misleading of how it says it deletes your Contacts. Basically the first time, you Backup/Sync through iTunes your contacts with Google (select the Merge function). Now your Contacts from your iPhone are the same as your Google Contacts. When you set up Google Sync, it erases and refreshes your Contact list as with any Exchange account. As long as you synced your contacts with Google, your Contact list should not have changed at all.
    1. T-Will's Avatar
      T-Will -
      Quote Originally Posted by khoon View Post
      Tried it and it works like a charm for the Calendar function. However, Contacts is a whole different story - can't believe Google actually expects people to regress on functionality (rather - lack thereof) - their Contact app is abysmal! Can't believe that Google would do such a shoddy job on a key application.
      I agree. And the initial sync was horrible for me. I went from 400 Outlook contacts to now having 600 total contacts. In addition, many of my regularly used contacts lost phone numbers and other info, so I'm having to manually go into Outlook and copy and paste the data into Contacts. Also, the limitations are pretty weak.

      BTW, I followed the Google Contact sync instructions exactly.
    1. andygev35's Avatar
      andygev35 -
      I suppose it's a good thing this is still in Beta... More work to be done...
    1. laz305's Avatar
      laz305 -
      wow that was scary when I followed the instructions afterwords I had no contacts, I know it warns you twice but I expected to be able to sync my contacts back but there wasn't. Be sure to back up your Library/AddressBook folder before doing this especially the AddressBookImages.sqlitedb file.
    1. RoyMan's Avatar
      RoyMan -
      I have been pondering what to do here for a while. I currently have an exchange accound with my university but I will be graduating in may.... mobile me was at the top of my list but now this seems rather enticing. I really would like push email too though. and this whole crappy google contacts management issue worries me too..... argh...choices.... I just want to keep my exchange it works perfect.