Tech Tips: For everyone that has an iPhone or Blackberry or some other type of “Smart” phone
Whaddya gonna do when your phone finally gives up the ghost? It’s gonna happen, and you know it. They don’t last forever, and sooner or later, it’s taking a dirt-nap. And when it does, it’s taking ALL of the contacts in your phone’s address book with it.
“Oh, got it covered Mr Smarty Pants! I just sync it with my computer, and it’s all good.”
Sweet. When’s the last time you did that?
Bullshit. And besides, that ain’t good enough. Now wipe that smug look off your face and pay attention; here’s what yer gonna do. First, you’re gonna get yourself a Gmail address. Here’s why:
The Eightfold Path to Enlightenment with Gmail
- Because Google gives you (as of this post) approximately 7.4GB of free storage space
- Which means with all that storage space, you’ll never, EVER, lose an e-mail again
- And because Gmail allows you to sync your Gmail address book with your cell phone address book (via Google Sync). Automatically. Several times per day.
- Which means that you’ll never have to worry about losing your contacts in your phone. Ever.
- And no matter which Internet provider you use, your e-mail address will always stay the same
- So, store your contacts in the Google “cloud”, and whether you’re at your computer, or an Internet cafe in Stockholm, all your stuff is right there at your fingertips. The cloud is your hard-drive!
- It’s free
- And it kicks ass
Sweet! Now that you’re signed up for Gmail, you can turn it into your master account. You can have Gmail keep checking your old e-mail addresses, but set it so that no matter which account the e-mail is sent to, your reply always comes from your new Gmail address. Leave this setting alone. In a year or so, people will eventually figure out that your e-mail address has changed.
Next: Download some Google apps for your phone
Now we’re ready to rock & roll on your phone. Get on your phone’s web browser, and go to: http://www.google.com/mobile/#p=default
If for some reason that link doesn’t work, try this one: m.google.com/go
There’s a whole bunch of different products that Google offers, but the one we’re most interested in is Google Sync:
Gmail sync. Get your Gmail pushed directly to your iPhone. Your inbox is always up to date no matter where you are, or what you’re doing.
Synchronize your contacts. Get your Google contacts quickly and easily to your iPhone. With Sync, you can have access to your address book at anytime and place that you need it.
Get calendar alerts. Using your iPhone’s native calendar, you can now access multiple Google calendars, and be alerted for upcoming appointments with sound or vibration.
Always in sync. Your calendar and contacts stay synchronized whether you access them from your phone or from your computer. Add or edit contacts or calendar entries right on your device or on your Google account on the web.
Get Google Sync downloaded & installed on your phone, and you’re golden! Follow the install directions, get it set up, and it’ll sync your Gmail address book AND your Google Calendar (which also kicks ass), but the bottom line is, you’re *always* connected, updated, and in-the-loop. And you never, EVER have to worry about losing the contacts in your phone again!
[True Story: My wife just got a new Blackberry “Storm”. From out of the box to all 519 contacts (phone numbers, e-mail addresses, home addresses, birthdays, notes, etc) uploaded in the phone = Approx 10-minutes]
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