Mar 29 2011
Like many iPhone users I use Google Gmail (aka Googlemail) to provide email, calendar and contact facilities. Gmail is good because it’s free and it can be configured to be presented like an Exchange server so that the information can be synchronized across different devices.
In a previous article I’ve covered How to Synchronize your iPhone with Google Mail, Calendar and Contacts and generally this works well. However recently I started to noticed that whilst any entries I made to my contacts when using Gmail on my computer synchronized with both my iPhone and iPad, if I entered new contact information on either of my mobile devices, the contact information didn’t synchronize back to Google and therefore not with my other devices.
This is because there is an extra setting which needs to be altered on the iPhone and iPad as by default both devices use their local contact list as the default information store for contacts, and don’t synconise new contacts with Google.
To configure the iPhone and iPad to use Exchange as their default source for contacts:
- Open the Settings App on your iPhone or iPad
- Go to the Mail, Contacts & Calendar Section
- Under Contacts change your default account to Exchange.
Any new contacts that are created on your iPhone or iPad will now synconise with Gmail and all other devices that use the Google Service.