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. 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.

It's a good idea to do a backup of your BlackBerry's existing contacts before you sync them with your Google contacts. Though unlikely, there's always a chance something might not go perfectly, and you'll need 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 Gmail account.

Syncing your contacts works both ways, meaning 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.

  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.

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, expect the whole process to take several minutes if you have lots of contacts.

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.