Recently I set out to find a more robust way of synchronizing my Google Calendars to my iPhone, thankfully I found one.
To date I have been using the Google Calendar to iCal sync tool “Calaboration“. In terms of functionality it’s great. My Google Calendars sync seamlessly with my local iCal program and once I plug in my iPhone in the calendars update. Perfect – right?
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The main problem is that I rarely plug my phone in to my Mac Book and as a consequence have a very out of date iPhone calendar. I also use the iPhone to set reminders, without sync’ing these back to iCal they never make it back to Google Calendar – all in all an unsatisfactory solution.
What’s the Ideal?
In a perfect world I would be able to enter a new event on my iPhone and have it appear relatively instantly in Google Calendar (or vise versa), no plugging in and over the air.
The Solution: NuevaSync
After a quick search I came across NeuvaSync. It’s an online service which allows you to:
Sync your calendar, contacts and e-mail over-the-air to your smart phone. NuevaSync works with Google Calendar, Contacts and GMail. Use the iPhone, Windows Mobile and other smart phones. It needs no app. Your phone’s built-in sync client and inbox is used. Just configure and sync. NuevaSync Web Site
The basic service is free and setting up an account is straightforward. Once you have registered it allows you to login to Google and select the account(s) you would like to synchronize . Next the simple admin interface asks you to choose which services you would like to sync i.e. calendar, e-mail or contacts (or a combination of the three). Be careful here as on first use all data will be erased (more info on why that happens on the NeuvaSync Wiki).
Next it’s just a case of setting up a new mail account on your iPhone. This is as simple as creating a new Exchnage account in your iPhone’s Mail settings. A detailed seven step graphical how to is available on the wiki.
I have been using the service for a few days now and I am impressed. Adding and deleting events in either Google Calendar or on the iPhone are replicated quickly and it means that I no longer have to plug in my iPhone to keep up to date. NuevaSync also offer a premium service for $25 a year which includes “Push” e-mail.
There are other solutions out there, if you have experience of alternatives that have worked for you please put a link in the comments.