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Wanting to Sync Android Phone to gmail.com address

Hi There!

I bought my wife an Motorola Defy and I wanted to find out how I can wirelessly sync via activesync from that to her Outlook The complicating factor is that she currently POP's her email to Outlook 2007 on her Laptop and they are all nicely in folders. I thought about getting the gmail outlook connector and then uploading from Outlook to Gamil, but then she can't use folders which is a deal breaker for her. I had wanted to convert her account to a google apps account but I don't think you can do that to a gmail.com address and keep the same address?

Anyone able to shed any light?
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KeterHDCommented:
Hey, mate.

A. Google Apps is a separate account entirely. Moreover, unless you pay for the Premium Google Apps (USD 50 per year per user, AFAIK), you won't be able to use the Google-Outlook connector. Sorry.
B. If you must use Outlook, you can set up your Gmail to work with Outlook via IMAP. Take a look at this guide to see how. Not the fastest way to work, but it's bearable.
C. I really hope your wife doesn't use Outlook Tasks, as there are no direct way (or easy way) to sync Outlook tasks with an Android phone.
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networknAuthor Commented:
I don't mind paying however, we want to keep the same gmail.com address and that seems to be a problem too.

We don't use tasks.
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KeterHDCommented:
Right.

No, unfortunately, you wouldn't be able to 'convert' your account into Google Apps. However, you would be able to create a new Google Apps account and set up your current Gmail account to automatically forward all emails to your new Google Apps account (through Settings, Forwarding and POP/IMAP.

However, IMO, it might be much easier to use IMAP. This way, you could easily sync data both with your Android and your Outlook. Outlook's folders would simply be converted into labels within Gmail, essentially giving you same structure. What's better is that in Gmail, you can assign several labels to a single message, thus essentially placing one message into several folders (if you ever have a need to).
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networknAuthor Commented:
The other alternative to IMAP would be just connecting via USB and using sync software I presume android must include by default?
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KeterHDCommented:
Um... As far as I know - no, there's no function like that (yes, I know it exists on other OSes, like Symbian or Windows Mobile). On my Android (Samsung Galaxy S) I don't have such option. My concerns are also backed up by these threads I found on the Net.

While there are third-party tools to do just that, they all cost hard cash, AFAIK.
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networknAuthor Commented:
Wow that's just insane. I think that makes it a deal breaker for my wife. Back this phone goes, what a shame.
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networknAuthor Commented:
Hmm Looks like companionlink will do the same thing we want for $40, sync with Outlook over WiFi, which isn't how this thread was started, but will get the job done. Thanks for those who helped.

To close this, would you normally assign points to the person who provided the first correct answer?
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KeterHDCommented:
networkn: Yes, indeed you could purchase a third-party software to do the sync, however, I would highly suggest you download a trial version first. From my experience, some of this software doesn't run smoothly and might be laggy, which would make for a bad user experience.

To be totally honest, I did not suggest such option, because $40 is quite steep, in my opinion, while using alternatives (such as IMAP) is free (not counting the data connection) while allowing you to achieve same results.
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KeterHDCommented:
By the way - yes, you would assign points to the first correct and full answer.
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networknAuthor Commented:

Keter thanks for the reply.

My wife doesn't want the email sync and she currently pop's her gmail to her outlook (leaving 3 days on the server), I think it would be complicated to pop email and imap contacts and calendar which is why I didn't go that route.
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KeterHDCommented:
Oh, I see. So, essentially, you have all the contacts and calendar within Outlook and that is what you need to sync...

Well, if you all need sync'd is contacts and calendar, maybe you should use software such as KiGoo. It costs $30 less than CompanionLink and allows you to sync your Outlook with your Gmail account. Then, just set up sync to your Google account on your Android and you're good to go with the wireless sync.

Another option would be to manually export contacts from Outlook and import into Gmail (if you don't have many changes to your contacts), while using Google Calendar Sync to keep your Outlook and Google Calendar in sync. After you've imported your contacts into Gmail, make sure contacts sync with your Gmail is enabled on your Android, and set up calendar sync. This could also do it.
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networknAuthor Commented:
We decided on companionlink. Thanks for everyones efforts.
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networknAuthor Commented:
My question was answered in such as way as to allow me a solution
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