Apple iPad and Google Contacts

Setup Google Contacts on My New iPad

I sent new iPads to my mom and sisters. They loved them. Such an easy setup, right out of the box! However, there was one problem. They couldn’t figure out how to get their Google Contacts to show up! Here’s instructions for them, and you, on how to setup your Gmail to sync Google Contacts, Calendars and Email on your iPad or iPhone using Exchange.

How Do I Get My Google Contacts on My New iPad?

Apple iPad and Google Contacts

If you setup your Gmail account when you pulled your iPad out of the box, then it set up that account in a manner that doesn’t allow you to sync your Google Contacts, Calendar, Notes and Mail. No worries! It’s an easy fix!

We just have to delete your existing Google Account and setup a new one. All your data remains safe at Google, and will sync again when we’re done!

Remove Existing Google Account

  1. Launch Settings
  2. Tap Mail, Contacts, Calendar
  3. Select your Google Gmail account
  4. Tap Delete Account—don’t worry, your data is safe with Google—you’re just disconnecting from the account!

Setup Google Exchange Account

  1. In Settings, under Mail, Contacts, Calendar
  2. Tap Add Account
  3. Tap Microsoft Exchange
  4. Enter your Gmail email address (or Google Apps email)
  5. Leave domain blank
  6. Enter your email address as user name and enter your Gmail password.
  7. Tap Next.
  8. Once Server field appears enter
  9. Tap Next and turn on the Google features you want to sync:
  • Mail
  • Contacts
  • Calendars

Sync Facebook Events with Google Calendar & iCal

I live and die by my calendar, so when Facebook Events weren’t showing up in my calendar I wasn’t showing up at Facebook Events… Here’s how to get Facebook Events to sync with your Google Calendar. Be sure to also check out how to sync your Google Calendar, iCal, and iPhone. Continue reading

Select the Google services (Mail, Calendar, and Contacts) you want to sync.

How to Keep your iPhone, Mac Address Book, iCal & Google in Sync

Are you a PC?

Sorry hon, but this post isn’t for you, but go check out O2g to sync Microsoft Outlook or Palm to Google and Google Sync to sync to your phone.

Google Sync for your iPhone

If you haven’t already, be sure to read Google Sync for your iPhone.

Select the Google services (Mail, Calendar, and Contacts) you want to sync.

Mac Address Book & Google Contacts Sync

You can sync contacts in your Mac Address Book with your Google Contacts.

If you sync your address book with multiple Mac computers, use just one of those computers to sync with Google Contacts. You can’t sync contacts from an Exchange 2007 or Mac OS X Server account with Google Contacts.

  1. Choose Address Book > Preferences, click Accounts, choose On My Mac in your list of accounts, and then click Account Information.
  2. Select the “Synchronize with Google” checkbox.
  3. Read the advisory information and then click Agree to continue.
  4. Enter your Google Account information (such as or, for Google Apps customers, and password, and then click OK.
    • You can sync only one Google account.
    • When the account name and password you entered are confirmed, the dialog disappears. You can close Address Book preferences now if you want.
  5. To do a manual sync, click the Sync menu in the menu bar and choose Sync Now.
    • To add the Sync menu to the menu bar, open iSync, choose iSync > Preferences, and then select “Show status in menu bar.”

If you change your Google account name or password, click the Configure button to use the new account name or password to sync your contact information.

If lots of changes are detected during syncing, an alert is displayed and you can choose to continue or cancel the sync.

Read more information on Google Sync for Contacts.

iCal & Google Calendar Sync

You can set up your Google calendar as a calendar account in iCal. Then you can use iCal to access and manage your Google Calendar.

To set up a Google Account in iCal:

  1. Choose iCal > Preferences and click Accounts.
  2. To add a new account, click the Add (+) button in the lower-left corner.
  3. Enter your Google email address and password, and then click Create.

How to Sync Multiple Calendars

  • If you’d like to enable multiple calendars to sync from your Google Account, follow these steps:
    1. Open Safari on your iPhone and go to
    2. Sign in with your account and select your iPhone to configure Calendars.
  • If you use Google Apps, follow these steps:
    1. Open Safari on your iPhone and go to
    2. Click on Google Apps user? at the bottom of the screen.
    3. Enter your domain name (e.g.,
    4. Click the Sync icon in your domain area (this section has a green background). Sign in if required.
    5. Select your iPhone to configure Calendars.
Google Sync cartoon

Google Sync for your iPhone

Have you ever wished you could just have everything automagically kept in sync, between your iPhone, your computer, and your Google account? Yup, me too.

That exactly what Google Sync with Exchange is. Setup is fast and easy, and you get to keep your entire world in sync, for free.

MobileMe is similar, but not free. However, it’s important to note that the $99/year MobileMe subscription includes a feature to help find your iPhone in case it’s stolen. Handy.

I have my iPhone setup with Google Sync. On my Mac, Address Book & iCal are also set to sync with Google as well. That means my iPhone, Mac Address Book and Google are always up-to-date. I can add a contact or appointment to my iPhone and it shows up everywhere.

Interested? Here’s how to setup Google Sync for your iPhone. (Here’s Google’s official instructions, but mine are better!)

Getting Started

First, you should back up your iPhone. It’s not required, but it’s not a bad idea.

To ensure that Contacts and Calendars from your iPhone are backed up to your computer, perform a sync with iTunes. You can learn more about backing up your contacts and calendars from Google.

    Create an Exchange Account

    On your iPhone, open the Settings application, and Open Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

  1. Open the Settings application on your iPhone’s home screen.
  2. Open Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  3. Select Microsoft Exchange.

  4. Tap Add Account…
  5. Select Microsoft Exchange.
  6. Enter Account Information

    Enter Your Account Info Verifying. Choose Cancel if the Unable to Verify Certificate dialog appears.

  7. Enter your Account Information, and tap Next.
    • Email: Enter your full Google Account email address. (e.g.
      • If you use an address, you may see an “Unable to verify certificate” warning when you proceed to the next step.
    • Domain: Leave this field blank.
    • Username: Enter your full Google Account email address. (e.g.
    • Password: Enter your Google Account password.
    • Description: Enter Google Sync.
  8. Enter the Server

    When the new Server field appears, enter Press Next to continue.

  9. Choose Cancel if the Unable to Verify Certificate dialog appears.
  10. Server: Enter This field seemingly appears out of nowhere. 🙂
  11. Press Next at the top of your screen again.
  12. Select Google Services to Sync

    Select the Google services (Mail, Calendar, and Contacts) you want to sync.

  13. Select the Google services—Mail, Calendar, and Contacts—you want to sync.
  14. Keep or Delete & Replace iPhone Contacts?

  15. Choose whether to Keep or Delete & Replace your existing iPhone contacts.Are all your contacts saved in Google Contacts already?
    • If yes, choose Delete all the existing Contacts and Calendars and they will be replaced with your Google Contacts. (See note)
    • If not, select the Keep on My iPhone option when prompted. This choice will also allow you to keep syncing with your computer via iTunes (which we are replacing with Google Sync, so it’s not required at all).

    Google My Contacts vs. Google All Contacts

    Google Contacts contains “My Contacts” (contacts you added yourself), and “All Contacts” (both My Contacts and the contacts Google suggests for you from your email). There are also three default groups which you cannot delete, but do not sync to your phone—Friends, Family, Coworkers.

    • If you want to sync only the Google My Contacts group, you must choose to Delete Existing Contacts.
    • If you choose Keep on My iPhone to keep existing contacts, it will sync the contents of the Google All Contacts group.
      • If there are no contacts on your phone, the contents of the Google All Contacts group will be synced.

      Return to reading about the choice to Keep or Delete existing contacts.

    To Keep or Not to Keep, that is the question...

How to Sync Multiple Calendars

  • If you’d like to enable multiple calendars to sync from your Google Account, follow these steps:
    1. Open Safari on your iPhone and go to
    2. Sign in with your account and select your iPhone to configure Calendars.
  • If you use Google Apps, follow these steps:
    1. Open Safari on your iPhone and go to
    2. Click on Google Apps user? at the bottom of the screen.
    3. Enter your domain name (e.g.,
    4. Click the Sync icon in your domain area (this section has a green background). Sign in if required.
    5. Select your iPhone to configure Calendars.


You’ve successfully set up Google Sync! Synchronization will begin automatically if you have Push enabled on your iPhone. You can also open the Mail, Calendar or Contacts app and wait a few seconds to start a sync.

Be sure to check out How to Keep your iPhone, Mac Address Book, iCal & Google in Sync.


iPhone “Cannot Connect to Voicemail Call AT&T”

See also: AT&T Voicemail Not Working?

If you restore your iPhone or otherwise swap your SIM card to a different iPhone you’ll likely get the “Cannot Connect to Voicemail” message on your visual voicemail screen which tells you to call AT&T.

If you’re like me, you’d rather fix it yourself and save the time of the phone call.

Here’s how to fix your iPhone voicemail when it says it cannot connect:

  1. Call your own phone number from the phone, which will take it to your voicemail inbox.
  2. Press * to enter into the menu options.
  3. Press the option to go into Personals Settings.
  4. Press the option to go into Administrative Settings.
  5. Press the option for Password Settings.
  6. Set a new password. You likely will have forgotten your old one, but you don’t need to know it to set a new one.
  7. After successfully setting your password, hang up.
  8. Go get a drink, or reboot the phone. Give it a second to notice the change.
  9. A strange little dialog will pop up (within 2 minutes) asking for your voicemail password.

After you successfully enter the new password you’ll be able to access your voicemail once again.

Next post will be on how to rescue your iTurd. Yeah, I suppose it’s easy to guess why I was swapping my SIM card out. 🙂



How to Download Music from your iPod

Have you ever wondered, “how do I download my music from my iPod”? Follow these instructions if you have any iPod except the iPhone or iPod Touch. (Those devices cannot be connected as an external drive without being jailbroken… I’m not into that.)

You can download your music following the instructions below, but it will not retain things like playlists, ratings, play counts, skip counts, last played dates and last skipped dates. It’s just your music files. Also, your music will be weird file names, but don’t worry when you reimport iTunes can use the ID3 tags and the “Keep iTunes Music folder organized” settings to properly rename and organized the files into neat and tidy folders again. Lastly, since you can’t tell one music file from another, it’s an all or nothing kind of thing. You download all the music from the iPod and can sort it out later.

Enable your iPod for Disk Use

  1. First, enable your iPod for disk use. To do so, connect your iPod to iTunes and select your iPod from the iTunes Sources menu. On the Summary tab, check the box labelled “Enable Disk Use”.

Next, is your iPod and your computer Windows or Mac formatted?

Instructions for downloading music from a Windows formatted iPod to Windows


  1. With your iPod enabled for Disk Use, you should be able to view it in your Windows Explorer as a drive. Double click on it to explore it’s contents, and see if you have a iPod_Control folder.

  3. If not, you need to enable “Show Hidden Files”. If you do, skip to the next step. To show hidden files, in Windows Explorer select Tools, Folder Options and select the Show hidden files and folders radio button.

  5. You should be able to see the iPod_Control folder. (If not, go back a step.) Double click on it to view the Music folder. This is where all your music is.

  7. Copy the Music folder over to your hard drive (for instance on your desktop).


Instructions for downloading music from a Mac formatted iPod to Mac


  1. With your iPod enabled for Disk Use, your iPod should now be connected as a drive in Finder.

  3. Now you need to enable viewing hidden files. Open Terminal (in your Applications) and enter each line below at the command prompt (hit enter after each line):defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

    killall Finder

    Later, repeat this step replacing “TRUE” with “FALSE” to turn off viewing hidden files.


  5. Select the iPod_Control folder to view the Music folder. This is where all your music is.

  7. Copy the Music folder over to your hard drive (for instance on your desktop).

Reimport Music and Sync iPod

Finally, reimport your music from this folder into iTunes by going to File, Add to Library and selecting the Music folder you copied to your hard drive.

A note for Mac Users: Your music files are still marked as hidden files (even if you can view them) and iTunes can’t import them. To get around this, you can do a search for all your .mp3 (and your other various music file types) in the new folder and drag and drop the search results into iTunes. Voila!

You may want to check that your settings are set to Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library and Keep iTunes Music folder organized in the iTunes advanced preferences.

Now it’s safe to “Erase and Sync” your iPod next time you connect it to iTunes. It will replace all the files currently on the iPod with the new library you just set up.


I love this iPhone case!

I love my iPhone case! It’s the iPhone 3G Luxe from iFrogz, mine is magenta. Not only does it feel great in your hand–velvety smooth–but I don’t worry about my iPhone slipping out of my hand and getting damaged! It’s sleek, not adding as much bulk to the phone as other cases I’ve tried. I also love the way the case slides on with a seamless curved joint–a nice design touch. In any case, I have gotten so many compliments and questions about my iPhone cover I realized I should share the deets!

At first, I had a clear case that was just too bulky, so I gave it up, took it off, and went without. Then I was devastated when I dropped my perfect phone on the aptly named Alpine Street in San Francisco and watched it slip and slide several yards down the concrete as the back of the phone got entirely scratched up. That’s when I found this case. I’ve dropped my phone several times since, and the case absorbs the damage protecting my phone, and still looks great.

One side note, the colored portion of the case does rub off on the edges eventually, but I’m so happy with the case I’m just ordering another one!

Interested in getting a new case for your beloved iPhone? You must check out this one! Best yet, when I went to order my second one, I noticed that it’s really cheap on Amazon AND eligible for free super saver shipping! 🙂

iPhone 3G Luxe from iFrogz


Full Screen Size Images for Contacts on iPhone

Update 6.2010: I'm testing out Ensoul for Mac by Macpaw, a free download, for full screen iPhone contacts and more!


I set images for a few of my contacts using MobileMe’s web interface ( I was terribly disappointed to see that they showed up as just tiny thumbnails in the top right corner! Where were the full screen sized gorgeous photos like on the commercial?!

A little digging and I figured it out. Find the glamorous photos of each of your friends (from sites like Flickr or your own personal collection) and then follow the instructions below.

How to get Full Screen Size Photos for iPhone Contacts

Full sized images come from assigning a photo to a contact on the iPhone. To do this…

  • In iPhoto set up a new album. I named mine “Contacts”. In this album put all the photos you’d like to use for your contacts. I suggest 1200×1600 sized photos because that’s what the iPhone photos are (so you’ll get a consistent experience).
  • In iTunes, sync this album to your iPhone.
  • On the iPhone, go to Photos, and select a photo and push the button on the bottom left of the screen. Select “Assign to Contact”.

After you’re finished assigning the image to the contact, you can remove (by not syncing the image/album through iTunes) the photo while it still leaves your contact image intact.

…or, if you’d prefer…

Small Thumbnail Photos for Contacts

To have just thumbnails, set up all your images for contacts using your email client on the Mac, or the MobileMe website.

From Small to Full Size Contact Photos in iPhone
What if you have small thumbnails from syncing from Outlook or MobileMe and you want to make them big? Easy—well sort of, it’s one-by-one!—you just have edit each iPhone contact by following these steps…

  1. Go to “Edit” the contact
  2. Tap on the contact’s photo
  3. Tap “Edit Photo”
  4. Tap “Set Photo”
  5. Tap “Done”

AT&T Voicemail Not Working?

See also: iPhone “Cannot Connect to Voicemail Call AT&T”.

I used the call forwarding feature on my Windows Mobile 6 SmartPhone when I was about to board a flight and was worried about missing a very important phone call. I successfully had it set up to forward all calls to my friend, but when I landed I found out that my voice mail was screwed up.

When my friends rolled over to voice mail, they would get this message: “Welcome to AT&T voice mail. We need more information to direct your call to the appropriate voice mail box. To leave a message, please dial the 10 digit phone number to the person your trying to call. If you have a mailbox on this system, please press #.”

Have this problem? Don’t despair! There is a code you can dial from your phone which turns off call forwarding, and reconnects you to the tower. Ultimately, it fixed this issue for me.

Dial #002# and “send” or the “call” button. It should come back and say “Succeeded”. Then have a friend test your voice mail.

Still have issues? Call AT&T Customer Service from a different phone than your cell phone at 1-800-331-0500. Have them check to make sure that your voice mail forwarding feature is turned on. (It is a feature you can turn off and on.)

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