Google Sync updated to support search on server, meeting invitations and "send as"

by Volker Weber

Google Sync keeps your phone's native mail and calendar apps in sync with your Gmail, Calendar and Contacts. Today, three new updates to Google Sync for iOS will allow you to:

  1. Search all your emails in Gmail, not just the emails stored locally by the iOS mail app.
  2. Accept, decline or edit calendar events from the iOS calendar app.
  3. Send email from the address you want. We recognize that some of you manage multiple email addresses from a single Gmail account.Gmail's 'Send Mail as' feature lets you send messages with another email address listed as the sender instead of your Gmail address, e.g. joe@altostrat.com instead of joe@gmail.com. Now the iOS mail app will respect these settings.

I have now switched my iOS devices from IMAP/CalDAV to Exchange ActiveSync with Google Mail & Calendar.

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I already had Exchange for the Contact-Sync, now added the mail and calendar but will have to keep CalDAV too. Exchange Calendar only shows my principal calendar, not the shared ones. CalDAV does, or am I missing something?

Samuel Orsenne, 2011-06-16

Yes, you are missing something. Take your phone browser to m.google.com/sync and manage your devices from there.

Volker Weber, 2011-06-16

If it says "unsupported", switch the site language to US-English.

Volker Weber, 2011-06-16

> Gerät wird nicht unterstützt.

Samuel Orsenne, 2011-06-16

duh, sorry for my last post - found the answer here.

merci ;)

Samuel Orsenne, 2011-06-16

Ah, the missing bit. I am not unhappy with IMAP emails and MobileMe calendar synchronisation in the moment. I sit and wait what iCloud may change and have now a good looking opportunity, if I don't like what they offer.

Sven Richert, 2011-06-16

Mmh, looks like it's still impossible to prevent Gmail from just archiving instead of deleting mails as it is with the Gmail or IMAP type accounts.
I think I'm staying with the Gmail type for mail and CalDAV for Calendar.

Oliver Regelmann, 2011-06-16

This really works well, except that, I can not find how to enable that functionality to use other sender addresses than @gmail.com.

I use my own domain and fetch those eMail from gmail (check mail using POP3). But on the iPhone I can only select the @gmail address as sender when I create a new eMail.

How should that work?

Adalbert Duda, 2011-06-16

It works through the GMail web interface. Create a second address there, verify it, then make it the default. Now you should be sending mails from this address through the web interface.

Then go to m.google.com/sync and toggle the switch off and on.

Volker Weber, 2011-06-16

Already found it - open m.google.com/sync on your iphone, login, and active 'send as' function.

It seems though I have to wait 24hours till this is active.

Adalbert Duda, 2011-06-16

It actually works from from the google mail interface on the iPhone (m.google.com) - there eMails are sent from my own domain (defined in GMail as the default address), but in the IOS mail app with GoogleSync Exchange it still uses the gmail address. But maybe really it takes a while to be activated. I will wait. (I did toggle the switch off and on on m.google.com/sync).

Adalbert Duda, 2011-06-16

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