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iPhone and gmail sync

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I have never really sync'd my iphone contacts with gmail before as I was concerned that all the cached email addresses that appear in the TO field as you type an email address, will sync across to my phone.

Perhaps my concerns were raised after my wife's HTC Android phone seems to have a lot of the "one off rubbish" email addresses appearing on her phone (but I may be confusing rubbish cached email address in the TO field of her email app with her actual list of contacts (she has a strange way of writing and saving contacts so perhaps to me they also looked the same rubbish and therefore my theory is baseless!).

Anyway, can I assume that if my contacts in GMAIL are empty, will all the contacts in my iPhone sync with it if I somehow select an option in the gmail settings?

Also, I was quite pleasently surprised to find that my enabling the calendar sync in gmail, the appointment etc wirelessly is saved to my iphone.  I always thought you needed Outlook or Google Sync for that.  Am I right in thinking this will work two ways, items on iphone will appear on gmail calendar?
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Michel PlungjanIT Expert
Top Expert 2009

Commented:
They do for me and no crap in the to field.

One weirdness, in my "all inboxes" I do not get my EE sub folder that I set in gmail. But it does show in my gmail inbox on both iDevices (4S and iPad2)
Ted BouskillSenior Software Developer
Top Expert 2009

Commented:
I've been syncing my Gmail and iCloud (formerly MobileMe) on my iPhone, Mac and Gmail for years with no issues and yes, the sync is two way.

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Commented:
How do you sync the contacts and calendar with gmail?
IT Expert
Top Expert 2009
Commented:
Google calendar iOS
http://support.google.com/mobile/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=138740

gMail addresses (have not done this myself. I have far too many addresses)
http://www.maciverse.com/add-gmail-contacts-to-ios-5.html
Ted BouskillSenior Software Developer
Top Expert 2009

Commented:
As I said, I used to use MobileMe which has now been converted to iCloud.  However, the out of the box Mac Address Book and iCan can sync directly with Google Calendard and Contacts.  I"ve done it in the past with no issues.

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Can I confirm therefore, that the email addresses that appear in the TO field as you start trying in the mail application on the iPhone, is that a) just cached addresses and b) is that cached addresses from the iphone or from my gmail account (the crap that I was referring to)?

Many thanks.
Ted BouskillSenior Software Developer
Top Expert 2009
Commented:
If you are composing the email in Gmail the addresses are from the Google Contacts which can be synced with your Mac or iPhone.  If you compose the email on the Mac they come from your Mac Contacts which can include the synced Gmail Contacts.

However, on the iPhone it's tricky.  In your iPhone settings you set the default contact list used to resolve names.  You can set it for 'All Contacts' and setup the synchronization as discussed then the To: address will work with all the Contacts you have.

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Having just checked my contacts in Gmail, I have zero "My contacts".  However, I do have 20 "Most Contacted" and 407 "Other Contacts".  The last two types I call "cached contacts" because I never save them, gmail just remember e.g. sales@example.com or info@yahoo.com etc so as I type in the TO field, it picks it from there.

I have just checked my iphone and when typing into the TO field, it doesnt bring any of those cached contacts from Gmail.  So it seems to either come from matching email addresses that are in my iPhone contacts or from elsewhere.

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Since I wrote the above, I just gave Apple a quick call as I have 90-day apple care support.  It seems it only comes from emails that are in the Inbox, sent items or deleted folder as well as from contacts.  So I was mistaken in thinking it pulls it from Gmail cached contacts.  It might also come from Gmail stored contacts - that I have not verified.
Ted BouskillSenior Software Developer
Top Expert 2009

Commented:
Ah, I was talking about syncing contacts you had deliberately retained.  You have to deliberately add the "Other Contacts" to include them in the sync process which moves them to the "My Contacts" and those can sync with the iPhone.