Syncing Your Contacts, Email and Calendar Between Android And IOS Devices
Are you Apple or Android? The question seems as common these days as whether you like tea or coffee. It seems like both sides (and the Universe itself) push us to make a choice, pick a side and stick to it in the quite extreme all-or-nothing sort of way. But what if you haven’t made up your mind just yet or simply don’t want to? What if you want to stay neutral or even try to get a piece of both pies? Working in between the Apple and Android worlds can be tough – but tough does not mean impossible. True, you may experience certain inconveniences, but you may also gain a lot, by learning the tricks and tweaks that allow you to lead a happy cross-platform life.
Here are a few ideas that could make your task of syncing between IOS and Android a bit simpler when it comes to the things that matter the most – your Contacts, Email and Calendar.
When it comes to synchronizing contacts, emails and calendar between devices, there are a number of options available.
If you have nothing against inviting a third-party provider into the mix, you could go with ActiveSync by Microsoft – which is an exchange server allowing you to work across platforms.
However, most users may prefer to stick with the familiar, and the only question will be which of the two familiar platforms you would like to work with by default.
Syncing Through Your Google Account
If you are a fan of all things Google and are using an Android phone, you might naturally opt for keeping your Google Account as the primary option and choose to find ways to sync it with your IOS companions.
Any Android device makes you a Google user by default. You log into your account and from then on everything is pretty straightforward, as your contacts, emails and calendar will work in sync.
Now, how do you go about arranging the same bliss on IOS?
Here’s what you do. Go to Settings>Mail, Contacts, Calendar.
Select Add Account and choose Gmail. Log into your Google account and choose what types of content you would like to sync. Once you tap Done, your email and your calendar will be happily synchronized.
“But what about my contacts?” – you might ask, quite reasonably. Well, here it gets a bit trickier. You will have to go back to Settings>Mail, Contacts, Calendars>Add Account. This time around, though, select Other. Then you will have to select CardDAV account and assign google.com as a server and fill in your email address in the User Name space. Sign in into your account and approve it. Done!
Syncing Through Your iCloud Account
If you are more of an Apple person, your instincts may guide you towards opting for iCloud as your default synchronization service. If there is a will – there is a way. And you can set up iCloud on your Android device. However, you will have to do it a bit differently for each type of content and it may take a bit longer than you would have liked.
Here we go.
First step is getting the right type of information from your iCloud server. For that, go to iCloud.com and sign in with your Apple ID. Select Calendar and click the Sharing button next to any calendar in your list. Make the calendar Public. You will see a long link, starting with webcal://pXX– ….Note down the two digits that cone after “p” . Now we can get down to setting up iCloud on your Android device.
Contacts and Calendar:
In order to sync your calendar and contacts, you must have the already familiar CardDav and CalDav supported on your IOS device. If you can’t find the option to add calendars and contact servers – that means your device does not support these protocols. Yet. To make it happen, go to Apple Store and get CardDav – Sync Free Beta and CalDav- Sync Free Beta.
Now you can set up your contacts and calendar.
For Contacts, tap on Add Account through CardDav app and sign in with your username and password. For the remaining fields tick SSL and use pXX.email@example.com as your server name (with XX representing the numbers we mentioned earlier).
For Calendar, tap on Add Account through CalDav and follow the same instructions as above, with your server name being – pXX-caldav.icloud.com.
Go to the email account you are currently using and tap on Add New Account. Select IMAP for account type and fill in the details (your email address, user name and password (Apple ID and iCloud password), server pXX-imap.mail.me.com (remember what the XX stand for)
Confirm and you’re done!
As you can see, all can be done, when you put a bit of time and effort in it and have a nice how-to guide handy, of course.