I’ve seen Symbian users all over the web looking for a way to sync their Nokia N8 with Google Calendar and Contacts. One way to do it is using the N8’s email application and Mail for Exchange, as Dennis from WAP Review pointed out in a tutorial. While that method works very well for most users, some need the N8’s single Mail for Exchange email profile for another account. If you’re syncing your work email that uses Exchange you won’t be able to sync Google services. It’s a Symbian limitation that really needs to be fixed, but for now we’re left trying to find a workaround. I needed a way to sync my Google Calendar not using Mail for Exchange. Keep reading to see my solution.
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When browsing around my N8 today I ended up in the Data Transfer settings found under Connectivity. There you will find Ovi Sync, Sync, and Phone Switch. The setting where you want to be is Sync. Longtime Symbian users might remember this setting and a service called Goosync. On older devices like the Nokia N97 or E71 Goosync worked just fine. But the only drawback was that you couldnâ€™t set up sync schedules. You had to manually sync whenever you remembered. Low and behold I discovered today that you can now setup a sync schedule within the Sync settings under Data Transfer. This makes Goosync an excellent solution. Hereâ€™s how to get it setupâ€¦
Simple 3 Step Process
- Go to Goosync.com and signup for the plan that you want. They have a free, light, and premium plan. The premium plan is 20 EUROS per year and lets you sync multiple calendars, contacts, extended future dates range, and plenty more. The free plan is much more bare bones, only allowing one calendar and no contacts. I used this version when first testing out the service and it worked well with my method.
When it asks you which phone you have youâ€™ll notice it doesnâ€™t have the Nokia N8. I picked the N97 and havenâ€™t had any problems. If you selected the premium account donâ€™t forget to get the contacts setup on the Goosync website. I donâ€™t sync the Contacts so I wonâ€™t comment much further on that topic.
- After you picked a plan and have your account created itâ€™s now time to configure the calendar. Goosync provides a setup wizard that will handle all the technical stuff just by sending a text message to your phone. It was flawless for me, all I had to setup was my sync schedule which is the next step.
- Go to Settings > Connectivity > Data Transfer > Sync. Make sure that it shows the name of the account you created at the top. In my case it says â€œGoosyncâ€. If not just tap the arrow to the left or right until have the right profile selected. Tap Options > Edit Sync Profile > Sync Scheduling. Configure to your hearts desire. I chose to sync once a day since I donâ€™t upgrade the calendar very often.
Keep in mind that when you setup multiple calendars in Goosync it doesnâ€™t setup multiple calendars on your phone. It syncs multiple calendars on the Google side of things, but shows under one calendar color/category on the N8. There might be a workaround for this but Iâ€™ve yet to find it.
Once youâ€™ve completed your first sync you only have one thing left to do. Go to the Calendar application and hit Options > Manage Calendars. You should now see the Goosync calendar that you created. Here you can edit the calendar and change the name. I left the name at the default setting and changed the color to green so it stands out.
Check out some screenshots of various stages of the setup.
Notice the â€œsync ongoingâ€ notification in the bottom-left screenshot? That appears every time your scheduled sync is working. I love little details like that!
I hope this solution works for you as good as it works for me. If you think itâ€™s worth it to pay for the premium service youâ€™ll be extremely satisfied with this method. For me, being able to sync multiple calendars is key so I donâ€™t mind the extra cost. Don’t forget! You can use this to sync Google Calendar & Contacts for the Nokia E7, C7, and C6-01 as well.
As always, comments and feedback are welcome.