As I chronicled earlier in the month, there are certain times when you just have to start deleting apps on your device. In order to solve a backlight issue, I went back and deleted every third party app I could spare. (It worked, by the way, though I’ve been told it’s really a hardware issue. Still, almost three weeks and no relapse.) Of course, this meant some inconveniences, since I had to re-download many of my apps, hoping that they wouldn’t cause the problem to resurface. One app I didn’t re-download was Google Sync. It was a great friend over the years, but it’s no longer necessary for those who have OS 5.0 or above. If you have that, you can sync natively. The process runs along the lines of setting up an email account. Just go to Setup, and then to Email Settings. Select your account type, and you’ll see the Gmail address you set up. Highlight it, press menu, and select Edit. This should be a relatively familiar screen, as it contains information such as your display name and your email signature. If you scroll down you’ll see a plus sign next to Synchronization options. Click that, and you’ll see options that look similar to the ones in the screenshot. (It’s a bit more stripped down in OS 6.) Check the options you want to sync, and you’re set. You’ll have to re-enter your password when you save up, and then you’ll get the initial sync. Supposedly your calendar will sync every 30 minutes, while the contacts will do so every four hours. I’d like to believe that, but my Gmail email doesn’t sync more frequently than every four hours. Is there anyone who still prefers the Google Sync app to this? I’d like to hear why. Via BlackBerry Help Blog.
Sync your Google contacts and calendar without an app
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