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How to sync Google Contacts and Calendar with the iPhone using Google Mobile Sync

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Google now offers its own ExchangeSync service for smartphones called Google Sync for Mobile, which means you now now automatically synchronise your Google Account data with your handheld over Wi-Fi or a mobile data connection.

If you’re an iPhone or iPod Touch owner, this means you can now synchronise your Google Calendar and Contacts data with your device over-the-air – something that was only previously possible with an Apple MobileMe account, or your employer’s own Microsoft ExchangeSync server (if they have one).

Setting up Google Calendar and Contacts sync for the iPhone and iPod Touch is straightforward, but there are a few gotchas that can cause your iPhone to lose data if you’re not careful. (more…)

Backup your iPhone contacts to Google with iTunes

If you want to use Google Mobile Sync to keep your iPhone synchronised with your Google Calendar and Contacts, you’ll have to backup any existing contacts on your iPhone first, otherwise Google Sync will delete them.

Fortunately, there is an easy way to do this and you can use iTunes to upload your contacts to your Google Contacts list. You can then set up Google Mobile Sync and sync those same contacts (along with any others) back to your iPhone. Here’s how. (more…)

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