Gmail and Google Calendar are the best email and calendar solutions available. So when the T-Mobile G1 came out, with its seamless mobile to web auto sync ability I just had to have it. The auto sync saves me tons of time from manually copying all my contacts and adding them to each device each time I add a new address or phone number, let alone trying to keep my calendars and email synchronized.
This past week I finally convinced my wife to trade in her Palm Centro for a new T-Moble G1 and I spent a couple hours yesterday sorting out the conversion. It actually only took a minute or two to setup the phone itself but it took a little bit longer to export her old calendars, email, contacts, change her mail exchange (MX) records for her business email, and establish a new Google Apps account to sync with her new Google phone.
So if you’re wondering how to setup your Google Apps account to sync with your T-Mobile G1 you’ve come to the right place! Just follow these simple steps and your Google Apps contacts, calendar, and Gmail will be on your G1 in no time.
Step 1: Create a Google Account using the Google Apps Gmail address as the primary login
That is, if your Google Apps email is firstname.lastname@example.org then your Google Account username should be email@example.com. If you already have a Google Account and want to use it instead of creating another Google Account, all you have to do is change the email address used to login to that account to the Google Apps email. However, if you already have Gmail with that Google Account, you will need to delete that Gmail first. To do this just login to your Google Account, click on “Edit” next to “My Products” and select “Remove Gmail permanently”. Then you can proceed to associate the Google Apps email address with your Google Account. When you do this, your Google Apps calendar will also be associated with your Google Account and will thus become the default calendar on your T-Mobile G1.
Step 2: Add your Google Account to your G1 and voila, you’re done!
If you’ve already registered a different Google Account with your phone, you’ll need to reset your phone to remove the old Google Account first. To do this, just go to Settings, SD card & phone storage, and select Factory data reset. This will essentially remove all your email, contacts, apps, calendars, and everything you added to your Google phone since you first received it and it will be reset to its initial factory state. If you want to save text messages, contacts, favorites, or other important data prior to resetting your mobile phone, try downloading and installing MyBackup from the Android Market. You can use it to create a backup of your phone’s data on your microSD card or on MyBackup’s secured servers. Once there, you could also backup the contents of your SD card by exporting files from your G1. Oh, and if you need to import contacts from Microsoft or other non-Google products you might want to check out our step by step instructions on how to add Windows Mobile and Outlook contacts to your T-Moble G1.
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