How to Sync BlackBerry Contacts With Gmail

Keep your contacts consistent across your devices

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You may not always have the time or ability to do a physical synchronization with your PC and your BlackBerry, but you can set up automatic and wireless syncing between your BlackBerry smartphone and your Google Gmail contact list and calendar. Syncing contacts works both ways. Your Gmail contacts appear on your BlackBerry and your BlackBerry contacts show up on your Gmail account no matter where you access Gmail. And, changes you make to your contacts when you're on the go automatically appear in your Gmail account and vice versa!

Instructions in this article assume that you have an active data plan for your BlackBerry smartphone, BlackBerry software version 5.0 or higher, and an active Gmail account.

How to Set Up Contact Syncing on Your BlackBerry

If you use Gmail, the built-in contact manager is extremely useful because it's used by other Google apps such as 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.

Backup your existing BlackBerry contacts before you sync them with your Google contacts in case something goes wrong. If you need to restore the original BlackBerry contacts, use the free Backup Contacts app.

To set up sync between a BlackBerry and Gmail:

  1. Go to the home screen of your Blackberry and choose Setup.

  2. Choose Email Setup.

  3. Select Add.

  4. Choose Gmail from the list, then select Next.

  5. Enter your Gmail address and password, then select Next.

  6. Select Synchronization Options.

  7. Select the Contacts and Calendar check boxes, then select Next.

  8. Confirm your Google Mail password, then select OK.

The sync between your Gmail account and BlackBerry phone occurs every four hours by default and is limited to 10,000 contacts.

The first time you sync your contacts, the process may take several minutes if you have lots of contacts.

If you want your computer's non-Gmail contacts to sync as well, periodically sync your phone with Desktop Manager. Then, your contacts are synced to your BlackBerry, where they are saved, and also synced to your Gmail account.