Google Sync enables you to access your Gmail, Contacts, Calendar, and Chrome browser on your iOS device, allowing you to update your Google services and carry them with you wherever you go. This is especially convenient for frequent Gmail users, as you can see and use your email on a mobile device even while offline. Here are the 12 simple steps for setting up Google Sync with your iOS device.
How to Set Up Google Sync With Your iOS Device
1. Make sure that your iOS has been updated to 3.0 or above, as earlier versions will not support Google Sync.
2. Check your Safari cookie settings, which should be set to “Always” or “From Visited.”
3. Sync your calendar and contacts with iTunes as a precautionary backup.
4. Under “Settings” on the home screen of your device, open “Mail, Contacts, Calendars.”
5. Press “Add Account” and select Microsoft Exchange.
6. Under “Email,” type out your full Google Account email address.
7. Leave “Domain” blank.
8. Under “Username,” type out your full Google Account email address.
9. Under “Password,” type out your existing Google Account password.
10. Press “Next” in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.
11. Select which Google services to sync with your iOS device (for example: Mail, Calendar, and Contacts)
12. There are three ways to keep your contacts synced.
- Keep your device’s contacts as they are and sync only “My Contacts,” overriding Google Contacts. Select “Keep on my iPhone/iPad/iPod touch” when prompted. This allows you to continue syncing with your computer in iTunes, but only the contents of the “My Contacts” group on your mobile device.
- Override your device’s contacts and sync only Google Contacts. Press “Delete Existing Contacts.” If your phone does not contain any contacts, the contents of “All Contacts” on your Google account will be synced.
- Merge both sets of contacts via standard iTunes sync.