Google supports ActiveSync for Calendar and Contacts

by Volker Weber


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
Google Sync uses the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync protocol.

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This also works for Windows Mobile. Google also has support for other phones. This stuff is still beta, so there are quite a few limitations.

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I installed it on a Nokia E51 as well as a first gen iPhone. Nokia S60 supports contact sync only. On the iPhone I didn't dare to activate contact syncing but Google calender sync works perfectly fine. If this whole thing moves along nicely I will consider dumping my MobileMe account...

Markus Dierker, 2009-02-09

If you install Mail for Exchange in your E51, it should go through EAS and sync both contact and calendar to the E51.

Volker Weber, 2009-02-09

Not perfect for the iPhone/iPod touch:

- you may only use ONE MS Exchange/ActiveSynch account on the iPhone at a time

- Google Synch does not support mail, only contacts and calendar

So if you are already using an Exchange account (for mail ...), Google Synch is not an option (you will loose mail otherwise or has to switch to IMAP).

BTW: any recommendation for a sync app between Exchange/Outlook and Google Calendar, that synchs multiple (Google-)calendars ? (I'm aware of Google Calendar Synch, which has the "one-2-one calendar only" limitation).

Hajo Schmitt, 2009-02-09

Interesting that they’ve licensed ActiveSync. In discussions re Android and its suitability for the corporate market, Exchange compatibility comes up a lot. So looks like Google have addressed that.

I wonder why Android handsets are not listed as compatible phones??

Ben Poole, 2009-02-09

Maybe here?

Volker Weber, 2009-02-09

Yeah saw that, but that doesn’t cover Google Sync. Looks like that’s coming for Android, but they haven’t done it yet. Nevertheless, good news: finally we’re getting some traction in the mobile device-sync world from all these vendors!

Ben Poole, 2009-02-09

I checked the 'Mail for Exchange' option you mentioned, Volker, but Google doesn't support it, yet. Thanks anyway!

Markus Dierker, 2009-02-11

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