How to Sync BlackBerry Contacts With Gmail Over the Air (OTA)

Wireless Contact Synchronization Between Your BlackBerry and Gmail

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Having your contacts with you at all times is important, but you may not always have the time or ability to do a physical synchronization with your PC. 

Fortunately, you can sync your BlackBerry over the air (OTA), without a computer or any cables, so that any changes you make to your contacts when you're on the go will automatically appear in your Gmail account, and vice versa.

If you use Gmail, the built-in contact manager is extremely useful because it's used by other Google apps like Google Docs and is accessible from any computer through your Gmail account.

It's commonly used as a replacement for the contact managers in email and contact applications like Microsoft Outlook.

Note: Before you start, it'd be a good idea to do a one-time backup of your BlackBerry's existing contacts before you sync them with your Google contacts. Though it shouldn't happen, you might run into issues and have to restore that original backup. You can use the free Backup Contacts app for that.

How to Set Up Contact Syncing on Your BlackBerry

  1. Choose Setup on the home screen of your BlackBerry.
  2. Within Setup, choose Email Setup.
  3. Select Add.
  4. Choose Gmail from the list and then select Next.
  5. Scroll down until you find Synchronization Options, and then select it.
  6. Check the Contacts checkbox.

    Tip: Also choose the Calendar option if you want to have your BlackBerry calendar sync with your Google calendar.
  7. Click Next.
  8. Verify your Google credentials and then click OK.

If you want your computer's non-Gmail contacts to sync as well, just make sure to periodically sync your phone with Desktop Manager so that those contacts are synced to the BlackBerry, which is turn is saved to your Gmail account.

More Information on Syncing BlackBerry Contacts With Gmail

Here are some other details you should be aware of:

  • The first time you sync your contacts, expect the whole process to take several minutes if you have lots of contacts.
  • The sync between your Gmail account and BlackBerry phone occurs every four hours by default and is limited to 10,000 contacts.
  • Remember that syncing your contacts this way works both ways, which means that your Gmail contacts will appear on your BlackBerry and your phone's contacts will show up on your Gmail account no matter where you access Gmail.