Sync your iPad contacts, bookmarks (safari), or calendar with programs such as Outlook, Gmail or Yahoo. Want to keep your Gdocs in sync? Here is your complete guide with some great troubleshooting tips.
If you have an iPad then you know that one of the things you want to do is keep all your important items synchronized such as your calendar, web browser and contacts. Perhaps you use Outlook, Yahoo!, Gmail or MobileMe.
We will cover how to sync your iPad’s calendar, contacts and bookmarks with MobileMe, your Mac desktop, Outlook, Gmail or Yahoo.
Sync iPad Contacts, Calendar, Bookmarks with MobileMe
To synchronize your calendar, contacts and safari with MobileMe:
If you are using MobileMe then you want to make sure that on your iPad you go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendar > Accounts .Mac >. Make sure you turn ON the Calendar, Contacts and Bookmarks options. Now, on your Mac go to System Preferences > Mobile Me > Sync >. Make sure you check Calendars, Contacts and Bookmarks. Once this is checked your iPad will begin syncing over wireless/3G.
To synchronize your calendar, contacts and safari with your desktop Mac:
Connect your iPad to your Mac and open iTunes > click the iPad icon > click the Info tab. Check the programs you want to synchronize with including your iCal, Address Book, and/or Bookmarks.
Warning: If you are using your desktop/laptop to sync with your iPad AND you are using MobileMe there can often be duplicate entries at first, so you can always go back and reset all your data or you can just choose to synchronize with one method or the other.
Tip: If MobileMe is not syncing then you can do the following. On your iPad go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendar > Accounts .Mac. Turn OFF all of the sync options (and if they weren’t turned ON this may be the issue). Reboot the iPad. Now turn them all back on. This may help. If it does not, you can then turn them all OFF again, go on your desktop/laptop and go to System Preferences > MobileMe > Sync > Advanced. Reset all your sync data.
To sync your calendar, contacts, and bookmarks with Outlook (2003/2007/Express)
This one is a bit more tricky. If you are using Outlook 2007 there is a known issue that Apple is working on in regards to syncing the with Outlook 2007. Before you try to synchronize your Outlook calendar or contacts you may want to do the following in this Apple support document.
Once you have followed the above document you can connect your iPad to your PC and open iTunes > click the iPad icon > click the Info tab. You can now choose to sync your Outlook contacts and calendar. You can also choose to sync your bookmarks from IE.
Yahoo!, Google Calendar, Windows Contacts
Connect your iPad to your computer. Once iTunes opens > click the iPad icon > click on the Info tab. Check the box next to ‘Sync Contacts with‘ and select either Google Contacts, Outlook, Windows Contacts, or Yahoo Address book.
Note: If you sync with Yahoo! Address Book, you only need to click Configure to enter your new login information when you change your Yahoo! ID or password after you’ve set up syncing.
To Sync Your GDocs or Google Docs
If you use Gmail and Google docs then you might be wondering how to synchronize your gdocs with the iPad. The best way to do that is with an app. One of the most popular (and highest rated) apps for keeping your Google docs in sync is called GoDocs ($3.99). GoDocs allows you to do the following:
- View all your Google docs in one place
- Download all your Google docs
- Keep in full sync with your Google docs
- Use multiple Gdoc accounts
- View all your documents, spreadsheets, presentations and PDF’s
We hope this guide has been helpful. If you need any additional help, let us know by reaching us on Twitter (@ipaddaily) or adding a comment at the end of this post.
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Originally posted 2010-07-06 08:18:37.