Google Sync IOS Exchange – Not Working after January 30, 2013

Due to Google's decision to stop new users using Google Sync IOS Exchange Syncing after January 30, 2013, some of you may be looking for a way to sync your contacts with IOS. I got a new phone today, and in the course of setting it up, realized that my Mail and my Contacts weren't syncing correctly. After owning IOS devices since the Iphone 3G and Ipad 1, I've grown accustomed to the old way of using Google Sync IOS / Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync Protocol to sync up my Contacts, Gmail, and Calendar etc. Up until now however, I never heard of Google pulling this functionality. (I need to keep up with the tech blogs a bit more methinks!) It was only when I re-entered my application specific password for the 5th time, and quadruple checked my settings that I thought, hang on, perhaps some sort of shenanigans are a foot. That's when I stumbled across this link on the Google Support Website. Shenanigans INDEED!

Long story short, even though we might not be able to use Google Sync IOS Exchange syncing, the functionality is still there, it's just that you have to go about it a little differently. Let me show you.

Setting up Gmail, Calendar and Notes.

 

Open settings and then touch the Mail, Contacts, Calendars option.

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Now touch the Add Account option.

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Select Gmail.

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Enter in the following details:

*** Please note *** – If you are using 2 step verification, you will need to generate an Application Specific password to use in the password field. You can generate an application specific password by going to your google account page, then selecting security, then selecting 2 Step Verification Settings, then selecting the Manage application-specific passwords hyper link.

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Name

< Your Name >

Email

< your full email address e.g. [email protected] >

Password

< your password >

Description

< A relevant description.

 

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Wait for it to verify.

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Switch on/off what you would like to sync.

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And then you are all done for syncing your Mail, Calendars and Notes.

Setting up Contacts

Go back in to Mail, Contacts and Calendars and setup another new account.

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This time, we will select, Other.

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Select Add CardDAV Account.

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Enter the following details:

*** Please note *** – If you are using 2 step verification, you will need to generate an Application Specific password to use in the password field. You can generate an application specific password by going to your google account page, then selecting security, then selecting 2 Step Verification Settings, then selecting the Manage application-specific passwords hyper link.

 

Server

Google.com

User Name

< your full email address, e.g. [email protected] >

Password

< your password >

Description

< A relevant description >

 

Check to make sure the account details are verified.

Now you should see your Contacts appear in the Contacts section.

That's all there is to it. Hope this helps!