One of the biggest gripes I had about my iPhone
was that I couldn’t sync my Google Calendar with the calendar function included with my iPhone. I ended up using the Google Calendar
on the web, and setting up text message reminders. This only worked when I was setting appointments / important dates when I was near a computer. While on-the-go, I had no *easy* way to add a new event or appointment. Google created a barely functional iPhone-friendly calendar page
you could view via Safari, but it was pretty much a “view only” page. Google claimed you could add dates, but when doing so, I had some interesting results. You could not delete or modify any events.
All that changed yesterday
when Google announced Google Sync (beta)
for the iPhone and Windows Mobile phones along with a contacts-only version for many other devices
. Now you can sync your contacts AND your calendar and it works both ways. I was all over it yesterday and promptly followed the detailed instructions
to set this up and I am impressed with the results so far. Since it’s beta, there will be a few glitches such as auto-complete not working quite as well, but so far I’m not seeing any deal-breakers and am quite happy to finally be able to have my calendars synced!
A word of warning: Be SURE to back up your contacts before setting up Google Sync. Google provides this warning as well:
When setting up Google Sync on your iPhone or iPod touch device for Contacts, the iPhone will delete all Contacts. Please safely backup all your iPhone Contacts to Google before setting up Sync.
Backup instructions are located here