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How to Setup Google Sync For iPhone


Remember all those applications that were used to push google notifications? Well now you can get rid of them all, as google has finally implemented push services on their servers including Contacts, Calendar and Mail.

Before getting started, make sure that your iPhone is on firmware 3.0 or above, since google sync services are not compatible with pre-3.0 devices.

Step 1:

Enter the settings application from your springboard.

Step 2:

Choose Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

Step 3:

Select Add Account.

Step 4:

Choose Microsoft Exchange. (Remember that you can only have ONE exchange account).

Step 5:

Enter all the necessary information, then press next.

EMAIL: Enter your gmail account in the following format: (youremail)@gmail.com or (youremail)@googlemail.com

DOMAIN: Leave Empty

Username: (youremail) WITHOUT @gmail.com part or @googlemail.com

Password: Enter your google’s account password.

Description: Anything that you prefer. For example: Gmail

Step 6:

You might receive an “Unable to Verify Certificate” Error, Just choose Accept.

Step 7:

A new field will appear labeled Server. Enter the following: m.google.com and then press next.

Step 8:

At this stage, we have managed to finish all the hard stuff, now you are to decide which services you would like to sync with google. Just turn off the services you do not wish to use, and press done.

Step 9:

After choosing your services, you may be asked what to do with the previous existing information on your iPhone. In this part, if you wish to only sync “My Contacts” group from google then you are to DELETE all existing information. If you tend to Keep on My iPhone, then the “All Contacts” group would be synced.

Step 10:

Make sure that the “Fetch New Data Field” is set to PUSH.

That’s it. Now you can open mail, calendar, or contacts to begin your first sync. Congratulations on your new exchange account.


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  1. ryan February 4, 2011 Reply

    I have been looking how to sync my contacts for days now. All I oucld find was mobile me or google sync which they want you to pay for. This is awesome. Thanks so much!

  2. franc January 29, 2010 Reply

    Yes did use it when it came out a couple of months back.
    Problem was that you cannot search your gmail anymore which was a real bummer.
    If only they could have fixed that

  3. Amine January 14, 2010 Reply


    First make sure you are entering your password correctly.
    Second make sure you have IMAP enabled in google’s email settings. You can do that by visiting gmail.com – logging in – settings – Forwarding and POP/IMAP – Enable IMAP

    Finally if those doesn’t work, try changing your gmail account’s password, and reconfigure your iPhone.

  4. Justin January 14, 2010 Reply

    Does this method allow for push “notifications” for gmail? like push notifications for other apps/SMS. just wondering before i go through the steps.

    • Vinay January 14, 2010 Reply

      @ Justin yes this activates push for all google services

  5. Naj January 14, 2010 Reply

    Hi its a great post.
    But the problem is after doing all the settings, it is saying password incorrect and asking for password again and again.
    Plz Help……

  6. Squirrel61 January 14, 2010 Reply

    This is old… I’m already using it for over 4 months. But I’m very glad that Google made it possible. It’s the perfect addition to my gmail account (I’m currently not using calendar or contacts).

    • Vinay January 14, 2010 Reply

      @Squirrel61 yeah it’s old, somehow we missed it on our blog so published today. Actually yesterday one of my reader asked me how to get push notifications for his Gmail.

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