For those of you who are not familiar with Google Sync, it allows you keep your mails, calendars, and contact synced with your Google account. By using Google Sync, you never have to worry about backing up or accidentally losing your data, because it’s always synced with Google.

Today, the Google Mobile blog announces an update to their underrated service, giving iOS users three new features…

  • Search all your emails in Gmail, not just the emails stored locally by the iOS mail app.
  • Accept, decline or edit calendar events from the iOS calendar app.
  • Send email from the address you want. We recognize that some of you manage multiple email addresses from a single Gmail account.Gmail’s “Send Mail as” feature lets you send messages with another email address listed as the sender instead of your Gmail address, e.g. joe@altostrat.com instead of joe@gmail.com. Now the iOS mail app will respect these settings.

I’ve been using Google Sync long before iCloud even became a rumor, and chances are, I’ll keep using this service as iCloud rolls out in the next few months.

Check out this Google Sync guide I wrote a couple years ago if you’re interested in setting it up for your iDevice. It’s completely free.

While you’re at it, you might be interested in the following articles we published before:

Have you given Google Sync a try? What do you think?

  • Jason

    never used it, I do have a gmail account tho.. gonna check it out.

    • It’s worth it.

      The standard “Gmail” account set up in iOS is simpler, and worse. Setting it up as a Google Sync exchange account gives you instant push email (sometimes I get it faster than my computer!) and lets you sync calendars and contacts.

      It’s so nice to change a contact on my phone and see it instantly change in my Gmail contacts without any syncing required.

  • Delete

    The multiple address sending in the iOS app is a great addition.

  • cyril_ized

    How do you do this, if you want to sync your “main” calendar and the other ones of your account??
    I mean I have one for the university, one for the job, etc…
    I can see them with the CalDAV abo, but I can’t edit them?!?

    • Is your Gmail account set up through Exchange or through the “Gmail” button in iOS?

      Google Sync is when you set it up as an Exchange account, not as a “Gmail” account, even though it is one.

      Exchange gives you true instant push email, calendar and contact sync.

    • Michael

      To sync multiple calendars, go to http://m.google.com/sync on your iDevice. It lets you select which calendars you want to sync.

  • Jigga

    Yep, and deleting trough active sync still dont send email directly to trash just to archive. No thx.

    Sry for bad English.

    • Mena

      You can change this behaviour in the settings app and toggle between delete and archive.

      • Jeff

        You can do this when gmail is set up as IMAP, but not when it’s set up as activesync. It’s been a problem since day 1.

  • Massie

    Seb, have you tested the Send As feature yet? From the blog post it looks like only Google Apps for BUSINESS customers will get that feature in the iOS app…the rest of us with free gmail accounts only get it via the web, I believe?

    • You can set up “Send As” rules in Gmail settings which determines what account to send as depending on what account received the email or what address it was received from if I remember correctly.

      This new update means iOS respects those rules.

      • PanPan

        It doesn’t though. If you reply to an email in IOS it uses the default Send As account, not the one the email was received on.
        There’s no way to select which address to use on the fly, you have to go into the settings and change it, then sync with Google again.

    • No, I haven’t tested it.

  • PanPan

    @Massie
    I’ve been testing the Send As feature. It does work for free Gmail accounts, but you cannot select which address to use through iPhone mail app. You have to log into your Gmail account online and go into settings, then change which address is the default to use for sent mail.

  • Massie

    Wow. That is just ridiculous. No way is that even a remotely feasible solution.

  • Art VanDelay

    Why not just set up gmail as Exchange and you have it all.

    • Google Sync IS setting it up as Exchange. If you follow their instructions that’s what they tell you to do.

  • Massie

    Setting it up as Exchange (I do) doesn’t give you Send As in the iPhone mail app unless you pay for Google Apps for Business.

  • Sotigris

    it is one of the most used features in my iphone, i have no contacts stored in my device, all contacts are gmail contacts tha sync once per day, i have the same contacts on all of my devices that sync automatically and it’s easier to add many new one from my PC.

  • Massie

    Google has updated the Send As section to make things a bit more clear about how limited this feature really is: http://www.google.com/support/mobile/bin/answer.py?answer=138740&topic=14252

    It’s too bad they can’t come up with something more streamlined—I use three or four addresses over the course of the day; there is no way I’m going to reset my entire account defaults every time I need to switch.

    • PanPan

      I agree. This method is extremely cumbersome.

      • M

        I think it’s an iOS limitation beyond Google’s control. From Apple’s perspective, why allow different send as options from the native mail app when you can just set up each of the mail accts you need?