Sync your Google Calendar with your phone

I’ve always found syncing calendars to be troublesome at best. I used a Palm III years ago, and even the software that Palm supplied was hard to set up and buggy as hell. Most sync tools nowadays assume you’re using Outlook, but if you’re using Google Calendar you probably aren’t. The whole point with “GCal” is that it’s the web 2.0 alternative to Microsoft’s horrible PIM.

Now that I run my own company, I have to have my appointments handy at all times. I hate those bundled stacks of paper that some people use to jot down their schedule, so syncing my calendar of choice suddenly became a priority. unfortunately, Google does not offer something similar to their brilliant mobile gmail software to access your GCal. While googling for solutions I found two interesting options.

One was an open source java program called Gcalsync. Despite all the beta warnings it sounds like a really cool piece of software. However, it would not download to my phone no matter what I tried. I’ll have to look into this further, but for now I’m using a somewhat more commercial alternative called GooSync.

GooSync used SyncML, a synchronization standard that I was completely unaware of but which is supported by most major phone builders. My Nokia 6230i was listed under the supported devices, so I signed up for a free account to check it out. You can have the appropriate settings sent to you by SMS, but unfortunately the settings they sent me didn’t do the trick. Entering the same(?) settings manually worked like a charm. I can now sync my phone’s Calendar with GCal by pressing a few buttons on my phone.

A free account will allow you to sync appointments up to 30 days in advance, which of course isn’t ideal. But hey, it’s free, and a premium account isn’t very expensive at all. Now all I need is a better phone with a large screen so I can read the synced data more conveniently…

1 Comment

  1. There is also the Snaptu alternative — Snaptu has a useful Google Calendar app. See: http://www.snaptu.com/a/gcalendar

    Comment by Barak — December 12, 2008 @ 1:31 am