This tutorial will guide you through installing, setting up and using Google Sync for your BlackBerry.
Though the screenshots and steps in this tutorial are specific to my BlackBerry Pearl 8120, I suspect – but am not certain – they would be nearly identical for other BlackBerry devices.
- First up, head to the Google Sync for your BlackBerry phone page and enter your phone number in the space provided. You’ll get an SMS message from Google providing you with a download link. Or, just visit m.google.com/sync from your BlackBerry. Click the Download link. On your BlackBerry, you’ll be prompted to download Google Sync, this time click the Download button.
- It’s not a large file so the download should go pretty quickly.
- Once the download finishes and the installation begins, you’ll be asked if you wish to grant Google Sync Trusted Application Status. Click the Yes button.
- Once the installation has completed, return to your Applications screen. Navigate to the newly installed Google Sync and click it.
- Enter your Google Account information in the spaces provided, and click the Sign in button.
- Google Sync will now update your calendar list. This doesn’t take very long, but if you have a lot of Google calendar subscriptions, it can take a minute or two.
- Scroll down to the bottom of the introduction screen and click the Configure Sync button.
- Now you’ll need to set up the Google Sync Options. The first thing you’ll need to decide is if you want to Sync automatically, or manually. Scroll down to the Automatic/Manual option, click the trackball and make your selection.
- Google Sync not only allows you to sync your calendars, but you can sync your Google Contacts and BlackBerry contacts as well. I opted not to use this feature, but of course this decision is entirely up to you.
- In the Calendar section of the Options screen, decide how far in the future you want events synced. I opted for 16 weeks. From the Keep events for previous option, decide how long you want to keep previous events in your calendar.
Scroll further down to the Sync these Calendars: section and click on your calendar name (mine happens to be my full name).
- I have two Google Calendars, one named “Ross McKillop” and the other named “Calendar” (yes, boring I know). I’ve opted to only sync the “Ross McKillop” Calendar. If you subscribe to public (or private) calendars, they’ll be listed in the Other Calendars section. Decide which, if any, of these calendars you want to sync as well. I chose to sync the Canadian Holidays calendar that I subscribe to, but not the Toronto Maple Leafs 2008/2009 schedule, as the Leafs missed the playoffs this year and there are no more games for them (aside from golf).
- Once you’re happy with all of the settings, click the Escape key () on your BlackBerry and when the Changes Made! screen pops up, select Save. Alternately you can click the Menu button () on your BlackBerry and select Save from that menu.
- Now you’ll be prompted to perform your first sync. Click Yes.
- The first sync might take longer than all future syncs, because it’s syncing all your events for the first time. And if you opted to sync your Contacts as well, it will sync them for the first time too.
- Once the process has completed, click the Dismiss button.
- The Last Successful Sync page will be displayed. My first sync showed 0KB used, but has since kept track of the usage. You can return to your main BlackBerry screen now.
- If your BlackBerry ‘home’ page is set to display your Calendar entries, you’ll now see the upcoming Google Calender events as well.
- That’s it – you’re done!