How to Sync BlackBerry Contacts With Gmail Over the Air

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Having your contacts with you at all times is important. You may not always have the time or ability to do a physical synchronization with your PC, but you can set up automatic and wireless syncing between your BlackBerry smartphone and your Google Gmail, contact list, and calendar.

Fortunately, you can sync your BlackBerry over the air without a computer or any cables so that any changes you make to your contacts when you're on the go 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 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.

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

You need an active data plan for your BlackBerry smartphone, BlackBerry software version 5.0 or higher, and an active Google Gmail account.

  1. Choose Setup on the home screen of your BlackBerry.

  2. Choose Email Setup.

  3. Select Add.

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

  5. Enter your Gmail address and password. Click Next.

  6. Scroll down until you find Synchronization Options and select it.

  7. Check the Contacts and Calendar checkboxes. Click Next.

  8. Confirm your Google Mail password and 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, where they are saved, in turn, 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. That should be plenty.
  • Remember that syncing your contacts this way works both ways, which means that your Gmail contacts appear on your BlackBerry and your phone's contacts show up on your Gmail account no matter where you access Gmail.