How to sync gmail contacts with a smartphone

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How to sync gmail contacts with a smartphone
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One of the many benefits of using a smartphone is the ability to synchronise various features across multiple platforms on your phone. In fact, if you use an e-mail provider that supports a sync capability with most smartphones, you may never need to enter your address book on your portable device manually. One e-mail provider with this capability is Gmail. Since Gmail supports sync capability with smartphones such as the iPhone, Windows Mobile devices and Blackberry, you can use your Gmail contacts in these phones without needing to enter them manually.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging


    Windows Mobile Smartphones

  1. 1

    Open the Active Sync application on your phone's home screen and then select "Set up your device."

  2. 2

    Enter "" in the "server address" field and then check the "This server requires an encrypted connection" check box.

  3. 3

    Provide your Gmail credentials in the boxes provided and then select "Next." Type your Gmail address and password in the "Username and "Password" fields.

  4. 4

    Choose the "Contacts" check box and then tap "Finish." You have successfully configured your Gmail contacts on your Windows Mobile smartphone.

    Blackberry Smartphones

  1. 1

    Launch the browser on your device and then visit the following home page:>

  2. 2

    Choose the menu button, select "Get link" and then tap the "Download Google Sync" link. Select "Download" when redirected to the download page.

  3. 3

    Select the Google Sync icon on your home screen and then scroll to the login section. Type your Gmail credentials in the boxes and then choose "Login."

  4. 4

    Choose the "Sync now" button located at the bottom of the Welcome screen. You have configured Google Sync with your Gmail contacts successfully.

    Apple Smartphones

  1. 1

    Open the Settings application on your phone's home screen and then choose "Mail, Contacts, Calendars."

  2. 2

    Tap "Add Account" and then select "Microsoft Exchange."

  3. 3

    Enter your Gmail address in the "Email" box; leave the "Domain" field unchanged.

  4. 4

    Type your Gmail credentials in the "Username" and "Password" boxes, and then tap "Next." If you are redirected to the "Unable to Verify Certificate" window, select "Cancel."

  5. 5

    Enter "" in the "Server" field and then select "next."

  6. 6

    Slide the "Contacts" button until you see "On." You have enabled Google Sync to add your Gmail contacts to your device.

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