How to Sync Your iPhone Notes with Your Gmail Account

By Sébastien Page on Jul 2, 2010

You probably already know you can sync your Google emails, calendars and contacts with your iPhone using Google Sync. But do you know you can also sync your iPhone notes with your Gmail account?

The only requirement for being able to sync your notes with Gmail is that your iPhone be updated to iOS 4. When you set up your Gmail account on your iPhone, you will now have the option to sync your notes.

If you have several Gmail account set up on your iPhone, you will be able to sync your notes to specific accounts. In the top left corner of the, a new button will appear letting you choose what account you want to sync with.

One downside to this is that it’s a one-way sync, which means that you can only sync your notes from your iPhone to your Gmail account. You can’t sync from Gmail notes to your iPhone.


How to Fix iOS 4 Exchange Sync Problems

By Sébastien Page on Jun 30, 2010

After updating to iOS 4, you might have encountered issues when syncing your Microsoft Exchange account. I know I did. Immediately after setting up Google Sync on my iPhone iOS 4, the sync took forever to complete. I ended up deleting and adding the account several times but it didn’t really fix the issue as it would still take forever to sync new contacts or new events in the calendar.

According to this Apple Support ticket, I am not the only one. Here are the symptoms: immediately after updating to iOS 4, some users may notice that Exchange ActiveSync Mail, Contacts, or Calendars do not sync, or sync very slowly. In addition, some Exchange Server administrators may notice their servers running slowly.

Here is the fix offered by Apple:

To work around this issue, users should install a configuration profile from Apple that increases the amount of time the iOS 4 device will wait for the Exchange Server to respond to its sync requests. For best results, the profile should be installed on as many iOS 4 devices at your company as possible.

To install the profile:

  1. Use Safari on your iOS 4 device to download the configuration profile. It may be easiest to read this article with your iPhone or iPod touch and tap the download link there, but you may also email the attachment to another email account on your iOS 4 device, and tap the attachment to open it.
  2. Tap Install to install the profile, and enter your passcode if prompted.
  3. A warning message will appear because the profile is not signed. Tap Install Now.
  4. Tap Done to complete the installation, then power off your device and power it back on.
  5. Wait for your Exchange data to finish syncing.

After installation, the profile will be listed under Settings > General > Profile.

Have you had this issue? If so, did this fix work for you?


Wi-Fi Sync Updated for Windows and iPad

By Sébastien Page on May 29, 2010

A couple of weeks ago, I told you about Wi-Fi Sync, a jailbreak app that allows you to sync your iPhone over wifi. At the time, Wi-Fi sync was only available on Mac OS X.

An update is now available for Wi-Fi Sync that brings support for Windows users, and also for the iPad.

You can get Wi-Fi Sync from Cydia for $9.99. You will also need to install the free software on your computer.


myPhoneDesktop: Send Images, Text, URLs and More Wirelessly to Your iPhone

By Sébastien Page on May 26, 2010

myPhoneDesktop is an application from the App Store that lets you send phone numbers, URLs, text, and images from any desktop computer to your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch over the air.

With myPhoneDesktop, you can send content quickly from your desktop to your iPhone. Whether you want to send a long Google Map URL to a friend, or some text to a business colleague, or a photo to iPhone, myPhoneDesktop makes it easy.

myPhoneDesktop makes your iPhone an extension of your desktop by making them work seamlessly together. If you can copy it, you can send it to the iPhone. Using the comfort of your Mac or PC full keyboard, you can send SMS messages, notes, or anything you can type. And in moments, it will be on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

On one end, you’ve got your desktop application. From there, you can copy any phone number, text, image or URL and hit “copy” to send it to your iDevice.

On the other end, you’ve got your iDevice. Simply launch myPhoneDesktop and the content you sent from your desktop computer will magically appear, assuming you are connected to the internet whether on wifi or 3G. From there, you can open, copy, etc…

myPhoneDesktop can also notify you with push notifications, letting you view the file right away or ignore it to see it later.

That’s a very simple yet very useful application. I usually send myself emails with text, images or phone numbers really often and it can be a little cumbersome. Now I can send a phone number effortlessly and assign it to a contact or call it directly from my iPhone.

The desktop app is compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux. They also have a web client that allows you to bypass the whole download thing and lets you send content from any computer equipped with a web browser.

You can download myPhoneDesktop from the App Store for $1.99. It will work for your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

You can check the ugly myPhoneDesktop website here. [via Gizmodo]


Wirelessly Sync Your iPhone With iTunes With Wi-Fi Sync

By Sébastien Page on May 14, 2010

Wi-Fi Sync is a new application available in Cydia that enables seamless wireless syncing between your iPhone and iTunes.

You may have heard of this application before. It made the headlines a couple weeks ago when it was submitted to the App Store. Obviously it wasn’t approved by Apple and it now is on Cydia for everyone to enjoy.

To have Wi-Fi Sync work, you will have to download the $9.99 app and also the free software for Mac OS X. A Windows version should be available soon.

Wi-Fi Sync works with the iPhone and iPod Touch but it doesn’t work with the iPad.

Thanks Alex for the tip.


BlackBreeze: How to Fix iTunes 9.1 and BlackRa1n Issues on Windows

By Sébastien Page on Apr 1, 2010

With the release of iTunes 9.1, those of you on a Windows machine and an iPhone jailbroken with BlackRa1n RC3 might experience syncing issues. Fortunately, iH8Sn0w, the developer of Sn0wBreeze and F0recast has released a tool called BlackBreeze to fix this.

How to fix syncing issues between iTunes 9.1 and iPhone jailbroken with BlackRa1n RC3:

Step 1: Create a new folder on your desktop and download BlackRa1n.exe and BlackBreeze to it.

Step 2: Launch BlackBreeze and click on Fix my Ra1n! and select the BlackRa1n.exe file you downloaded in step 1.

Step 3: BlackBreeze will patch BlackRa1n and place a file called blackra1n-fixed.exe on your desktop.

Step 4: Execute blackra1n-fixed.exe to boot your tethered iPhone. Once done, you should be able to sync your jailbroken iPhone with iTunes 9.1 on Windows without any problem.

Thanks PhilT for the tip and the tutorial!


How to Use Multiple Exchange Accounts on Your iPhone

By Sébastien Page on Jan 20, 2010

If you have a Microsoft Exchange account set up on your iPhone, you know how useful it is. MS Exchange has become more popular on the iPhone lately since Google implemented Google Sync for iPhone, which allows you to sync your email, contacts and calendars over the air. Exchange is also very popular among enterprise users.

One downside of Microsoft Exchange for iPhone is that you cannot have multiple Exchange accounts on one iPhone. This just changed thanks to some smart users of the ModMyi forum and an iPhone dev.

I was in the process of writing a long tutorial on how to set up multiple Exchange accounts on your iPhone when I found out thanks to JAiB that there is now an application in Cydia that does the hard work for you. If you want to add an exchange account the hard way, then read these instructions on LifeHacker. If you want to go the easy way, read on…

There is now a simple way to add a second Exchange account to your iPhone. It’s an app available in Cydia called AddExchange. Launch Cydia, look for AddExchange and install it.

After installing AddExchange, you launch the app from its springboard icon. From there, you simply tap a “+” button, and that’s it! AddExchange creates a new Exchange account behind the scenes, and names it SRV2. All you have to do at this point is open up its settings and change the defaults to whatever your second Exchange server uses. For me, I just changed it to use Google’s sync settings.

Looks simple enough. The downside? You have to be jailbroken but I guess if you’re reading this blog, that shouldn’t be much of an issue for you…

If you’ve tried AddExchange, I would love to hear your thoughts about it. Does it perform as well as it is supposed to? Have you found any caveat yet?


How to Sync Firefox Bookmarks With Your iPhone

By Sébastien Page on Jan 7, 2010

Have you ever tried to sync your Firefox bookmarks with your iPhone? If so, you must have been very frustrated as it is not easy as it may sound. For some reason, Apple didn’t deem it necessary to add Firefox to the short list of browsers from which you can sync bookmarks to your iPhone.

Good news is there is a hack for that, using an extension called Xmarks. Bad news is it’s for Windows only (you will need IE) and it’s not very straightforward.

I could write a tutorial on how to sync your bookmarks from Firefox to iPhone’s Safari but Shawn0 has got it covered on his blog, so it would be a waste of time.

Check out Shawn0’s tutorial for detailed instructions.

Isn’t that a neat little trick?


How to Set Up Google Sync for iPhone

By Sébastien Page on Sep 22, 2009

Me and my other half will be traveling for about a year starting November 3rd. That kind of long trip requires a minimum of preparation, and figuring out how to keep my iPhone up-to-date is pretty high on the list of things to do.

My biggest issue is for syncing contacts and calendars while we’re away. I will have a netbook but this netbook doesn’t have Outlook, which prevents me from syncing and backing up contacts and calendars with my PC.

After a little bit of digging around, it appears that Google Sync is my best chance to keep my iPhone contacts and calendars safe. As reluctant as I am to completely rely on Google (I’m a Google hater), I didn’t have many options. Of course I could choose to pay $99/year for MobileMe but I think this service is a terrible joke aiming at making money off Fan Boys. I’d rather go with the free Google Sync alternative…

Setting up Google Sync took me about 10 minutes from start to finish, including test time. It is very easy and straightforward. This step by step guide will show you how to set up Google Sync on your iPhone and sync your iPhone contacts and calendars with Google over the air and get push Gmail as well. Read More


How to Sync Yahoo Calendar With Your iPhone Calendar

By Sébastien Page on Aug 19, 2009

A couple months ago, I wrote an article on how to sync Google calendar with your iPhone calendar. Until now there was no way to sync Yahoo calendar with your iPhone calendar but Yahoo wrote a blog post about how to do that over the air.

It’s very simple but it does require you to run the latest 3.0 firmware. It is also important to note that “once you start syncing your Calendar with your iPhone you will be upgraded to Yahoo! Calendar Beta automatically. You will not be able to go back to the old calendar product once this is complete”.

How to sync Yahoo calendar with the iPhone:

1. Go to Settings > Mails, Contacts, Calendars >Add Account > Other

2. Tap “Add CalDAV Account”

3 . For the Server settings, simply type “yahoo”

4. Type in your Yahoo! username and password you use to signin to your calendar.

5. Click “Next” and it should verify your information.

6. You’re done :)

Next time you open the calendar app on your iPhone, you will be able to choose to view your Yahoo calendar. Every time you will load the yahoo calendar, it will sync over the air.