Google has finally added SyncML and ActiveSync support to its Gmail and Google Calendar services, allowing us to keep our contacts and calendars in sync with our iPhone from now on (pending the ability to use our Gmail account as push mail).
Xataka MovilMás información Of course, the invention also works in reverse and when we make changes in Contacts or Calendar through its web interface we can see them on the mobile without any more stories. Isn’t that great?
To use Google Sync you don’t need to install any new applications, just set up a new Exchange account on your phone. You’ll see how easy it is.
Requirements and Backup
Make sure you have the firmware 2.2 or higher installed on your iPhone or iPod touch (you can check from iTunes or from the phone itself under General Settings About Version). It is also important to back up your contacts and calendars from your phone to your computer before proceeding as these will be (temporarily) deleted during setup. To do this
- Connect your iPhone to your computer with the USB cable and access iTunes.
- Select your iPhone and click on the “Information” tab.
- Check the “Synchronize Google Contacts” checkbox and enter the username and password you’d like to use to access Google services.
- Click on the “Synchronize” button.
- On your iPhone or iPod touch, access Mail Settings, Contacts, and Calendar.
- Click on “Add account…” and select the first option, Microsoft Exchange.
- In the “Mail” field enter the name of the account.
- Leave the “Domain” field blank.
- Enter your full Gmail address as your username and password in the field below.
- Click “Next” in the top right corner of the screen to display the “Server” field and enter m.google.com in it.
- Click on “Next” again.
- Choose the Google services you want to synchronize (at the moment only contacts and calendars are supported).
- Press “Sync” twice when the phone warns you that you are about to delete your previous data.
And that’s it! From now on, your data will float in the cloud, MobileMe style, but without spending a single euro. I hope that soon they will extend the support given by adding push mail, integrating the groups of contacts or correcting a problem by which, at least I, am unable to synchronize the Mac OS X Address Book even if I set it up with either the Google or Exchange option. In any case, the foundations are laid.