Outlook/Sync/Gmail...oh my.

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  1. TheBrownEyedMom

    TheBrownEyedMom New Member

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    First of all, if you are a "pro" on this forum, I am very sorry to bug you. I am a very simple person with a very simple problem, but I need some straight answers with some instructions.

    I've read that I can't use Outlook to sync my email/calendar/notes/tasks on my new Droid X (which comes today!). My question is this: how can I SIMPLY remedy this? I'm willing to use Gmail if that's the easiest way. Does that mean I just have to change my email address on gmail.com? Anyone up to the challenge of mapping this out for this ridiculously lame and inept former BB user?
     
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    Go to you gmail on line, go into settings. Click on the tab forwarding and pop/imap. There are instructions there to convert your contacts on Outlook to csv files and move them over to gmail. Once they are over there Droid will sync with gmail and your contacts will be on your phone.
     
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    I use a software program called gSyncIt. It is quite simple to setup & use. This is a very common question too :)... I have a link I will post when I get back to my laptop that explores several options.

    Sent from my DROIDX
     
  4. TheBrownEyedMom

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    OK. Thank you hookbill. As soon as this phone gets here I'll try it. I'm lame, I totally admit it. But I appreciate you giving me the baby steps.
     
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    After trying a few 3rd party apps, I finally decided to do what others recommended. I exported my contacts and calendar from Outlook to my gmail acct. I wont be using Outlook anymore, but I was mainly using it as a backup for my BB. Im also a former Palm and BB user, and this is the biggest drawback to this new phone. Its a great phone, but this Outlook issue has been a hassle. And I still havent figured out what to do with all of my Outlook Memos (notes) that are still sitting on my pc.

    I had a couple of issues migrating my data from Outlook to gmail. 1) recurring calendar events werent handled very well, the export just created hundreds of events, instead of 1 recurring event. 2) from what I can tell, gmail/tasks doesnt handle task due dates/times and recurring tasks like the BB did. I could be wrong about this, but I just decided to stop using tasks altogether, and didnt bother migrating my tasks data.

    It suprises me that this phone doesnt interface with Outlook. I knew that when I bought it, but it is still surprising, and the migration process was a little messier than I thought it would be.

    Good luck, and let us know if you find any shortcuts to this fun process.
     
  6. TheBrownEyedMom

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    smalltowngirl...gsyncit doesn't work for email though, right?
     
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    No, but it can be setup so that your email from Outlook is forwarded to gmail thru the gmail account settings.

    Sent from my DROIDX
     
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    Oh, that would be just great!! Thanks!
     
  9. hookbill

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    And how much did it cost? You can set it up for free by creating csv files. I'll bet that program cost you 40.00. That's what most of them cost.
     
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    So hookbill, I can do what you told me to do and it will sync email as well?
     
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    $14. 99 & that includes updates... I actually used .csv files but I am a daily user of Outlook & I did not want to do the .csv updates that often. $15 was worth it to me for convenience of a 2way sync.

    Sent from my DROIDX
     
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    Which fields in gmail/gcal get populated with your outlook memos/tasks? Do you lose anything during the transation from Outlook to google?

    Thanks
     
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