Add Gmail Contacts to iOS 5

Though many don’t realize it the process for importing your contacts to your iPhone from Gmail Address Book is quite simple. Getting them OUT of your iPhone can, depending on how their configured, be much more complicated. But that is for another post. I know that many supposed Mac techs and BigBox retailers will want to charge you plenty for this simple procedure, please don’t let them.

So here we are going to assume that your entire address book is connected to your Gmail account. To import/sync them we are going to use iPhone’s Microsoft Exchange configuration. So let’s go:

  • On your iPhone or iPad, open the Settings app.
  • Scroll down to Mail, Contacts, Calendars and select it.

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  • Next, add a new account
  • At the add account screen you’re going to want to select the Microsoft Exchange option. This is how we are going to import your Gmail contacts.

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  • Enter your Gmail address in the email field. Leave the Domain field as “Optional” and fill in your Gmail username (without the @gmail.com) and your password. You can leave the description but remember it so you know what it is later.

Form

  • Click next, the form will update and now include a Server field. In the server field enter m.google.com. Click Next or Done.

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  • It will confirm that you want to sync your mail, contacts, and calendars. Slide these to On for Contacts and Off for the others.  Here we were only concerned with Contacts, BUT you can also synchronize your mail and Calendar too!

Happy computing!

 

Edit: after doing this many times for clients and others I’ve found a guy who created a great video on the above steps! You can watch that here:

Sync Gmail Contacts to iPhone

Critical February Security Patches

Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday is next week. And it’s going to be VERY important

Microsoft’s security patches are due to be released at 1:00pm EST on Tuesday 12th February. [Read more here from MS  ]

The longer you take to update the security patches on your computer, the greater potential risk you could find yourself in!!

In all, 57 separate security flaws are waiting to be fixed.

According to Microsoft, every single version of Internet Explorer – from version 6 to version 10 – needs to be patched, as they are vulnerable to exploitation by drive-by attacks.

That means that simply visiting a booby-trapped webpage could silently infect your computer with malware – hijacking your PC for a hacker’s own ends.

According to an advisory from the software giant, five of the 12 security updates have been given Microsoft’s highest severity rating of “critical”.

Also note that Adobe has again released critical security patches to it’s Flash Player software. [read here]

Even if you are not on a Windows/Microsoft Operating System you should still make sure your Adobe Flash, Adobe Shockwave  and Oracle’s Java software  and Browser Plug-ins are up to date!

Be safe out there! MMm K.