It wouldn’t be easy to guess that after discussing how you can sync your Gmail with your Blackberry, I’d move on to syncing your Google Calendar with your Blackberry as well. Google Calendar Sync has existed for some time for your computer, but now there is also a mobile sync. With this application you can completely sync your Blackberry and Google Calendar, instead of just receiving SMS-based reminders of important appointments.
Before we launch the Google Sync application on your Blackberry, let’s focus on some of the reason you would want to use this application (benefits!), and some disadvantages to consider as well.
As a MacBook user, I have to admit I’m less than happy with the syncing provided by applications such as Pocket Mac. Future releases will undoubtedly be better, but at the moment I am experiencing a very spotty sync, with appointments being added or removed at random from both iCal and my Blackberry. The contacts sync resulted in a deletion of most of my records from my computer’s addressbook, but strangely they did get ported over to my Blackberry. The experience caused me to immediately disable the contacts sync and start looking for alternate solutions. Until a better version of Pocket Mac is released, or until I can get it to work with my devices, I will start using Google Calendar exclusively instead of iCal to prevent losing appointments.
Another major benefit is that you don’t need to be at your computer to sync your calendar. If you sync a family calendar for example, you can get the latest updates through your wireless network.
The sync will only add new events from your Blackberry to your Google Calendar. Meaning, only the appointments added after you downloaded the Google Sync application will be added to your Google Calendar. If you already have packed schedule in your Blackberry before downloading the application, your current appointments will not be added to your Google Calendar, but all new ones will. If you just backup your Blackberry, and use your device as your master calendar for the next few weeks, you will be fine.
Because the sync is wireless, it does use your data plan to transmit the information. Depending on the data plan you have, you may or may not want to use this solution.
Installing Google Sync
- To synchronize your Google Calendar, you need to download the Google Sync Application. It can be found at http://m.google.com/sync on your mobile browser. Click the “install now”
- The program will prompt you to confirm the download
- Within minutes you will receive a confirmation on your phone.
Syncing Google Calendar
Before syncing your Google Calendar, you need to sign in to your Google account.
- Open the calendar application on your Blackberry
- Press the menu button, and scroll up until you see “Google Sync”
- You are now prompted to enter your Google account information
- Once you are signed in, you can press the menu button again to start syncing your calendars
Google Sync also lets you adjust your preferences from your Blackberry’s calendar application:
- Go into your calendar, and hit the menu button
- Select “Google Sync” from the menu options
- Press the menu button again
- Select “options”
The window you see now will let you choose when to sync (automatic vs. manual), whether your Blackberry should override your Google Calendar on conflicts (or visa versa),
and for which period your appointments will be synced (the next 4, 8, 16, or 24 weeks).
If you use multiple calendars in Google Calendar, you can also choose which ones to synchronize.
Are you currently using Google Sync? In what respects to you think it can still be improved upon, and what are the reasons you are using it?