It Can Be Done: Sync Outlook, Android, Google Calendar
Nov 12, 2010 10:00 AM –
As I’ve spent the past hour looking over the comments on the article we wrote “How to Sync your Outlook Calendar, Google Calendar and Android Phone Calendar“, I noticed that this can often times be a deal-breaker for many of in regards to using your Android. Of course, as Android has been on the market for some time now there are many solutions to keep your life in sync whether it be your tasks, calendars, documents, Outlook, contacts, etc. I have been one of the lucky few that have had little issue with syncing my information across all boards even when switching to a new device. This does require me to rely upon the Google Cloud to do so but that has been my personal choice.
Here are some of the steps I took to making sure everything is in sync:
- When creating contacts in my phone, I make sure that I do not save them to the phone and always use a Google account. This way they are easy to enter and edit even online through Gmail, even if Gmail isn’t your primary email you use. Of course, in order to have an Android phone work correctly you do need a Google Account. If later you want to convert those contacts to a different format Gmail offers an easy export option of your contacts if needed, which I also do once a month for backup purposes.
- Choose your primary option to add contact and calendar information. If you primarily add them on the phone, for example, then make sure when you use sync software such as HTC Sync that you only use one-way pushing from the phone to your Outlook/Windows Live accounts. This will ensure to not have duplicate entries showing up in your phone.
- The easiest way I’ve found to sync your calendar to Outlook or iCal is importing the Gmail private address. It’s easy to do if you follow the steps correctly.
I can tell you that once I developed my process, it has been extremely easy to keep everything in sync. My HP Desktop, Macbook, and HTC Evo all show the same information consistently without effort.
I wanted to reach out to all the Android users in the community who have successfully found ways to keep your life in sync. There are many others out there that are struggling to find a suitable solution and would like your help. There are many applications and services out there to try, both free and payware, that will fit your needs. Share your success stories with your fellow Androidians in the comments below. Your community wants to hear from you!