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    Can I sync my iPad iPhone and iMac without MobileMe?

    The title is my question. I have a friend who says she keeps her devices (except has a PC) synced (contacts, calendar, mail, etc) by using Yahoo mail or something like that. How can I keep them synced wirelessly without paying for MobileMe? Thanks.

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    I do this using gmail set up as a exchange account on the iPhones and iPad. Don't know if yahoo mail supports this, hotmail does as well.

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    I do the same thing with gmail and also with Google Apps. Gmail is free so can't beat the price. The syncing is near instantaneous for email, calendar, contacts, notes, etc. Like the other poster said, use the Exchange email configuration when you set it up. The mail server will be m.google.com. That's it.

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    GMail is a better choice for keeping the devices and computer synced. If there is a way to sync Yahoo's contacts, I haven't seen it yet. Most computer mail, calendar, and contact programs can be set up to sync with Google.

    To set up your iDevices use these instructions to setup as an Exchange account:

    Setting up Google Sync with your iOS device : Mail, Calendar, & Contacts - Google Mobile Help

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    Quote Originally Posted by twerppoet
    GMail is a better choice for keeping the devices and computer synced. If there is a way to sync Yahoo's contacts, I haven't seen it yet. Most computer mail, calendar, and contact programs can be set up to sync with Google.

    To set up your iDevices use these instructions to setup as an Exchange account:

    Setting up Google Sync with your iOS device : Mail, Calendar, & Contacts - Google Mobile Help
    I was able to sync my yahoo mail, contacts and calendar using the yahoo mail app and the calendar, mail, contacts in the iPad settings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montereybob View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by twerppoet
    GMail is a better choice for keeping the devices and computer synced. If there is a way to sync Yahoo's contacts, I haven't seen it yet. Most computer mail, calendar, and contact programs can be set up to sync with Google.

    To set up your iDevices use these instructions to setup as an Exchange account:

    Setting up Google Sync with your iOS device : Mail, Calendar, & Contacts - Google Mobile Help
    I was able to sync my yahoo mail, contacts and calendar using the yahoo mail app and the calendar, mail, contacts in the iPad settings.
    Are you a Plus user (paid account)? I've only got the free account, and the normal Yahoo setup won't allow contact syncing. I've never run across anyone with a full account to ask what all works.

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    I already have a gmail account and the mail isn't a problem. How do I take my current gmail account and make it an exchange account? Will this them automatically sync everything or is there further set up I need to do for contacts, calendar, etc? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wyattdvm View Post
    I already have a gmail account and the mail isn't a problem. How do I take my current gmail account and make it an exchange account? Will this them automatically sync everything or is there further set up I need to do for contacts, calendar, etc? Thanks.
    You go into Settings >> Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and delete your current GMail account. Then you set it up again as an Exchange account using the instructions in the link I provided in my earlier post. Here it is again:

    Setting up Google Sync with your iOS device : Mail, Calendar, & Contacts - Google Mobile Help

    This will set up your contacts, calendars, and mail. You can also sync multiple calendars. Follow the last link in the instructions to see how to set that up.
    Last edited by twerppoet; 05-25-2011 at 09:49 PM.

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    this is what i did (syncing 1 x laptop, 2 x google accounts(mine and my wifes) and 1 x ipad.

    i will take that you should know how to set up accounts on all devices but if not let me know.

    1.Setup 2 google accounts and sync those accounts together.
    2.Download google sync for your Pc and sync it to one of the google acounts.
    3.Using caldev on the ipad create an account to link to one of your goggle accounts.
    4. sync accounts using this link https://www.google.com/calendar/iphoneselect
    5. On your ipad under settings go to your calendar and choose gmail as default account.

    it's very important that u choose gmail calendar account on the ipad or it will not work.

    this will work and now no matter where i put a event in the calendar on either account it will sync over the 4 devices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twerppoet

    Are you a Plus user (paid account)? I've only got the free account, and the normal Yahoo setup won't allow contact syncing. I've never run across anyone with a full account to ask what all works.
    I have the free account. When I switched over to Yahoo Mail Beta, it gave me the option to sync my contacts to my mobile devices. Yahoo Mail Beta is soon to become the standard version of Yahoo Mail.
    Last edited by Montereybob; 05-26-2011 at 09:46 AM.


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